How can I give my input?
What is the Comprehensive Plan?
Virginia Code requires all localities to prepare a Comprehensive Plan which is meant to establish guidelines that address the community’s future plan for transportation, public and private development, housing, parks, historical areas, urban renewal, etc. Virginia.gov/vacode/title15.2/chapter22/section15.2-2223. The plan must be reviewed every five years to determine if it is advisable to amend the plan. Virginia.gov/vacode/title15.2/chapter22/section15.2-2230.
The current Comprehensive Plan for the City of Virginia Beach: vbgov Comprehensive Plan Document
Why is the Comprehensive Plan important?
The City Council lays out specific goals for each area of the city in the Comprehensive Plan and it guides investment and development in the city. “All Capital Improvements Program (CIP) projects and new land development projects are evaluated for consistency with the Comprehensive Plan.” It is essentially an agreement between the city government and the stakeholders about what direction the city will move toward in many areas.
Who are the stakeholders?
They are many. One group of stakeholders is the Ocean Park community and all residents of the city.
What does the Comprehensive Plan have to say about Shore Drive and Ocean Park?
For example: In the Suburban Focus area section that deals with Shore Dr., the City Council sets forth Guiding Planning Principles to achieve a stated goal of Great Neighborhoods. “to support those neighborhoods with complementary non-residential uses in such a way that working together the stability and sustainability of the Suburban Area is ensured for now and the future.” ( page 1-60)
For example: New residential development on larger parcels “should be consistent with the character of any residential uses in the surrounding area, as well as consistent with the guiding planning principles for the Suburban Area.” “Residential density in the Suburban Area should be low to medium where the surrounding land use patterns and densities are appropriate for such. Higher densities are appropriate for development in the Urban Areas.” (page 1-62)
Here is one avenue to providing your input for the Comprehensive Plan https://publicinput.com/virginiabeach
As always questions and comments (and input!) are welcome! firstname.lastname@example.org