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.    

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 changes 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.

Updating the Plan

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 consists of three phases.

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 discussion groups, where the public discussed with the UDA Team and City staff they liked and disliked, as well as additional recommendations to consider.

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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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Phase Three

Based on the discussion from the November 17th Public Meeting, and comments afterward, the UDA Team and City staff will be preparing a draft plan, which will be complete in early-February. With the draft plan completed, the UDA Team will return to Virginia Beach during the week of February 14th. A Public Meeting has been tentatively scheduled for Thursday, February 16th (6:00 to 8:00 PM)

More information will be posted to this page as it becomes available; so, please occasionally return to the page.

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