Interfacility Traffic Area (ITA) and Vicinity Master Plan

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​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 at the top right of this page). 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 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 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 occurred from September through November 2016, and are more fully described toward the end of this page under the heading "ITA and Vicinity Planning Process." 

After the planning process that occurred from September to November of 2017, UDA and its team worked with City staff for several months to evaluate concepts, suggestions, and concerns generated during the Phases One and Two. The result of that work was a first draft of the Interfacility Traffic Area (ITA) and Vicinity Master Plan, dated July 2017.  That document is available for viewing by selecting "July 2017 DRAFT Interfacility Traffic Area (ITA) and Vicinity Master Plan" under Related Information at the upper right of this page.

September 2017 DRAFT ITA and Vicinity Master Plan

A second draft of the plan (labeled DRAFT September 2017) is available for viewing by selecting "September 2017 DRAFT Interfacility Traffic Area (ITA) and Vicinity Master Plan" under Related Information at the upper right of this page.


Final meetings related to this planning effort will be held on Wednesday, September 27, at 6:00 p.m., in Building 19, Municipal Center and on Tuesday, October 10, at 6:30 p.m., in Building 19, Municipal Center. 


Courthouse East Study

During the current 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' for the purposes of the Comprehensive Plan. 

July 2017 Study and DRAFT Report

During a visit from July 24 to 26, UDA and its team studied the area, met with property owners and stakeholders, and obtained input from the public during a public Open House on July 25. The result of the work from that week is the "Draft Courthouse East Vision and Policy Plan," which is available for download under Related Information at the top right of this page. 

September 2017 DRAFT Courthouse East Plan

A draft plan document for Courthouse East (labeled DRAFT September 2017 Courthouse East Plan) is available for download under Related Information at the top right of this page. Please note that this document is also a chapter of the ITA and Vicinity Master Plan (pages 57 through 77). If you have downloaded the ITA and Vicinity Master Plan, you will have already downloaded the Courthouse East plan document.

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 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.

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