Interfacility Traffic Area (ITA) and Vicinity Master Plan

​The Interfacility Traffic Area (ITA) is an overlay zoning district established in 2005 to limit development that is incompatible with frequent overflights by jet aircraft traveling between Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana and Naval Auxiliary Landing Field (NALF) Fentress (located in Chesapeake). The ITA overlay district comprises areas south of Princess Anne Road (east of Landstown High School) and north of Indian River Road and the North Landing River that are within AICUZ at 65 dB DNL or greater (information with regard to AICUZ is available under Related Information).

In 2011, the City Council amended the City's Comprehensive Plan by adopting the Interfacility Traffic Area (ITA) and Vicinity Master Plan (available under Related Information). The 2011 ITA Plan was prepared to provide a vision for appropriate uses and opportunities for growth compatible with the AICUZ restrictions of the ITA.    

Updating the Plan

Since the adoption of the plan in 2011, there have been changes in circumstances in the ITA that affect some of the assumptions that the plan was based upon. One of the most significant change is the increase in City property ownership. That increase has been primarily due to property purchases by the City from owners voluntarily willing to sell their properties through the ITA Acquisition Program (information about this program is available at http://www.yesoceana.com/). Through the Acquisition Program, the City now owns approximately 3,000 acres of the ITA; however, not all of it is developable due to environmental constraints. Based on the changes in circumstances since 2011, the Comprehensive Plan, adopted on May 17, 2016, recommended an update of the 2011 ITA Plan as a high priority action. In August 2016, the City contracted with Urban Design Associates (UDA) and a team consisting of VHB, WPL, and The Miles Agency, to develop an update to the 2011 Plan. UDA also prepared the 2011 ITA Plan. As a result, there will be some continuity between the 2011 plan and the plan currently being developed.

The development of the plan consisted of two primary phases, which are more fully described below in the section titled "The Process."

Public Draft of the 2017 ITA and Vicinity Master Plan

After the second phase of the planning process described below, UDA and its team worked with City staff for several months to address issues, pursue recommendations, and evaluate concepts that came out of that planning process. The result is a Draft 2017 Interfacility Traffic Area (ITA) and Vicinity Master Plan, which is available for viewing by selecting "2017 DRAFT Interfacility Traffic Area (ITA) and Vicinity Master Plan" under Related Information at the upper right of this page. 

Urban Design Associates will be in Virginia Beach from July 24 through July 27 for a planning and design project for the Courthouse East Study Area (Princess Anne Road between North Landing Road and Dozier Bridge / West Neck Creek). There will be a public "Open House" on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Department of Agriculture's Conference Room. The conference room is located on the second floor of Building 14, at the Municipal Center. Building 14 fronts on Princess Anne Road, opposite the McDonald's restaurant and the Virginia Beach Municipal FCU. Parking, however, is located behind the building. You may enter the building from the rear, and then take the stairs to the second floor.    

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The Process  

Phase One

The ITA planning effort began during the week of October 10th with the UDA Team conducting site documentation, focus group/stakeholder interviews, and a public meeting to identifying the current strengths, weaknesses, and visions for the ITA. 

Phase Two

The focal part of this planning process occurred during the week of November 14th with a multi-day on-site charrette. The UDA Team's emphasis was to provide a forum for developing specific community-supported design and land use solutions. The UDA Team, City staff, and stakeholders collaborated in developing design and land use ideas, taking into consideration preferred transportation alternatives, Infrastructure, including regional or multi-site stormwater management strategies, development strategies, public space creation, and linkages with other parts of the city. During the week, the Team prepared diagrams, plans, cross-sections of roadways and other infrastructure, and 3D models and perspectives of the ideas being considered.  

A summary of the findings from the week, as well as plan and design alternatives were presented during a Public Meeting held on Thursday, November 17, 2016. A copy of the presentation is available under Related Information. The presentation was followed by breakout groups, where there was discussion among the UDA Team, City staff, and the public about what was 'liked' and 'disliked,' which is summarized by the "November Charrette Dot Exercise" document under Related Information.

Perspective Drawings from November 17, 2016 Presentation are linked below:

Conceptual Agricultural Research Center

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Conceptual Extreme Sports Center

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Conceptual Environmental Education Center

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