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PLANNING WITH YOU IN MIND:  The ​Comprehensive Plan includes citizen insight! 

A Comprehensive Plan is a document that is considered for update every five years. It takes the input of citizens and subject matter experts to create community development goals for transportation, utilities, land use, recreation and housing. ​

STEP INTO THE FUTURE: Here’s the process (click image to enlarge).

DUE TO STATEWIDE RESTRICTIONS ISSUED BY GOVERNOR NORTHAM, PHASE III OF PUBLIC INPUT FOR THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN IS ON HOLD. STAFF IS CONSIDERING THE BEST WAY TO PROCEED WITH PUBLIC INPUT ONCE RESTRICTIONS ARE LIFTED.  WE WILL BE SURE TO KEEP YOU INFORMED OF ANY NEW DEVELOPMENTS.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND UNDERSTANDING. 

Comp Plan Processs diagram Step I:

The Virginia Beach City Council and Planning Commission approve of an approach to plan development as presented by City staff. This approach builds off of the City Council priorities and goals established during its yearly retreat.  ​Status: COMPLETE

Step II:

The Commonwealth of Virginia requires the Planning Commission to conduct a thorough study of existing conditions and trends prior to developing the Comprehensive Plan.  In the Past, a techinical report document was prepared to detail the findings. However, this year, staff chose to innovate the process by creating an interactive existing-conditions story map that provides a richer understanding of the enivironment: COMPLETE

Step III:

Provide citizens various public input and outreach opportunities; to include a survey, public meetings, civic league and community group presentations, etc. This gives residents, neighbors and other stakeholders a platform for sharing insight on their community needs and values.  Feedback is then recorded and utilized to shape the vision of the Comprehensive Plan and other City strategic planning. Status: ON HOLD

Step IV:

Develop a draft plan through extensive multi-departmental staff collaboration, Planning Commission workshops, City Council briefings, public meetings and focus groups.  

Step V:​

Hold public hearings.  The Planning Commission holds the first to review the updated Comprehensive Plan draft. The City Council holds the latter public hearing prior to the plan’s adoption.

BE HEARD: ​Your voice matters (click to check out survey results​).​

Community input is an invaluable tool because it gives the City an opportunity to hear from citizens, neighbors and other stakeholders on what is important to them. www.publicinput.com/virginiabeach​ is a platform that allows community members to engage when you have the time. The site is active 24/7 with various surveys created to develop strategies that reflect the community’s priorities and vision. Get involved and get results at the same time! 

 Approved Amendments


Amendment ​Adoption DateAmendment Ordinance​ & Background InformationAdopted Document​
​July 2016Virginia Beach Outdoors PlanAdobe PDF icon
​December 2016Historic Seatack Suburban Focus Area (SFA)
​January 2017Master Transportation Plan amendment regarding Lavender Lane and Sentara WayAdobe PDF icon
​June 2017Seapines Station Voluntary Design GuidelinesAdobe PDF icon
​December 2017Interfacility Traffic Area and Vicinity Master Plan UpdateAdobe PDF icon
December 2017 ​ ​​ ​Oceanfront Plans and Design Guidelines ​ ​
​ViBe Creative District Connectivity PlanAdobe PDF icon
Connector Park Design GuidelinesAdobe PDF icon
Oceanfront Resort District Design Guidelines UpdateAdobe PDF icon
​November 2018Burton Station Strategic Growth Area Master Plan Update Adobe PDF icon
​June 2020Sea Level Wise
​June 2020Resort Area Strategic Action Plan (RASAP) 2030Adobe PDF icon

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