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.

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 Documents). 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 time of 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 as a result of 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 work with the City and the public to update to the 2011 Plan. Since UDA was also the lead consultant for the 2011 ITA Plan, UDA's work on the update provides some continuity between the 2011 plan and this plan.


2017 Draft ITA and Vicinity Master Plan

A final draft of the ITA and Vicinity Master Plan was presented to the public during the first week of September. Public Meetings were held on September 27, 2017 and October 10, 2017. A summary of the draft plan was presented at the meetings, followed by opportunity to discuss the plan with City staff and UDA. In addition to the discussion, an opportunity for the public to submit written comments was also provided during the course of the meeting. Those comments were compiled by staff, and are available under Related Documents.

The Planning Commission was briefed on the draft plan during its informal session on October 10, 2017 (presentation is available under Related Documents). The commission then held a follow-up workshop meeting on October 16. As a result of the discussion at that meeting, the Planning Commission decided the last chapter of the draft plan, which pertains to the Courthouse East Study Area, should be removed. Information regarding Courthouse East is provided toward the end of this page.

The latest version of the Draft ITA and Vicinity Master Plan is available under Related Documents to the right.

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at 12:00 p.m. (noon) to consider whether to recommend adoption of the ITA and Vicinity Master Plan to the City Council. The public hearing will be in the City Council Chamber, City Hall, Building 1, 2401 Courthouse Drive.

 


ITA and Vicinity Planning Process  

Phase One

The ITA planning effort began during the week of October 10 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 14 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 Documents. 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 Documents.

Conceptual Agricultural Research Center

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Conceptual Environmental Education Center

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Courthouse East Study

During the update of the ITA Plan, proposals for development within and immediately adjacent to the area designated by the plan as the "Historic Princess Anne Center" resulted in a need for additional study of that area. Property owners made the City aware of potential new development they were considering for their properties. Based on this, and a known need to ensure the continued quality of the Princess Anne Road corridor from the Courthouse to Dozier's Bridge, the City obtained the services of UDA and its team to conduct a study of the area with the purpose of enhancing the vision for the area already provided by the ITA Plan, as well as providing specific land use and development recommendations and policies. Working with the City, residents, and property owners, UDA will assist in the creation of land use and development policies for the area. Since the area of concern consisted of the eastern portion of the Historic Princess Anne Center as well as the area of Princess Anne Road eastward to Dozier's Bridge, the study area was designated as 'Courthouse East.'. 

In July 2017, UDA and its team worked with City staff, property owners in the area, and the public to determine the land use, natural resource, and other constraints affecting the Courthouse East Study Area. Using that information and data, UDA developed preliminary ideas as to how the area could develop. Those ideas were presented at a public meeting on July 25, 2017. Additional work on the initial concepts resulted in a draft plan document for Courthouse East, which is available under Related Documents.