Comprehensive Planning 

Comprehensive Planning is an inclusive process to establishing visions and guidelines that addresses the community’s future. The Comprehensive Plan is the formal document produced through this process. The process of developing the Comprehensive Plan should be a community-wide effort, in which all interest groups should play a part in delineating their community’s vision. The City’s Comprehensive Plan ("Comp Plan") guides development and investment in the City. All Capital Improvements Program (CIP) projects and new land development projects are evaluated for consistency with the Comprehensive Plan.

Comprehensive Planning is authorized at the state level through enabling legislation that provides for the preparation of Comprehensive Plans for local jurisdictions. Section 15.2-2223 of the Virginia Code requires all localities to prepare a Comprehensive Plan. As outlined in Section 15.2-2230 of Virginia Code, the Comprehensive Plan shall be reviewed by the local planning commission to determine whether it is advisable to amend the plan at least once every five years. 

 City of Virginia Beach Comprehensive Plan 2016

    • Section 1.1 - Planning Areas/ Planned Land Use Map ​​
    • Section 1.2 - Urban Areas (Strategic Growth Areas)
    • Section 1.3 - Suburban Area
    • Section 1.4 - Princess Anne Commons & Transition Area​
    • Section 1.5 - Rural Area
    • Section 1.6 - Military Installations & Support ​
Chapter 2 - City Wide Elements
    • Section 2.1 - Master Transportation Plan and Primary Roadway Network Map
    • Section 2.2 - Environmental Stewardship Framework
    • Section 2.3 - Housing and Neighborhood Plan
    • Section 2.4 - Economic Vitality
Chapter 3 - Plan Implementation and Agenda for Future Action
    Reference Handbook
      • General Community Appeareance Guidelines
      • Special Area Development Guidelines
      • Special Purpose Guidelines
      • Documents Adopted by Reference
      • Transportation
    Technical Document

     Approved Amendments


    Amendment ​Adoption Date
    Amendment Ordinance​ & Background Information
    Adopted 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
    ​February 2021
    Active Transportation Plan 
    Adobe PDF icon

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