Document Library - Plans, Studies & Design Guidelines

​​​​​​​​In addition to or as part of the Comprehensive Plan, there are several area or corridor plans and studies that are used to guide and manage the future physical growth of specified areas in the City. There are also several development design guidelines. Some of these design guidelines apply to a specific area of the city, while others apply to a certain type of development, regardless of its location in the City.
 
Most of these plans, studies and design guidelines are "documents adopted by reference" by City Council as an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan. As such, they are interpreted to be official City policy. Those documents adopted by City Council by reference as part of the Comprehensive Plan are indicated by an asterisk *.
 

 

Agricultural and Rural Areas  

​Title​Associated Web Page​Associated Document​
2009 Comprehensive Plan Policy Document - Rural Area and Rural Preservation Plan Adobe PDF icon
2009 Comprehensive Plan Reference Handbook - Special Area Development Guidelines - Rural Development Adobe PDF icon
2009 Comprehensive Plan Reference Handbook - Special Area Development Guidelines - Pungo Adobe PDF icon
Pungo Crossing Report by Urban Land Institute (June 16, 2006)​
Southern Watershed Area Management Plan (2001)
  • Conservation Plan for Southern Watershed Area (February 2001)*
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  • Multiple Benefits Conservation Plan (July 2001)*
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  • Southern Watershed Rural Preservation Plan (September 30, 2001)*
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  • Strategic Plan for Agriculture in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach (March 30, 2001)*
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​Green Sea Blueway and Greenway Management Plan (2015)*Adobe PDF icon
  

 

​Bayfront / Shore Drive​

​Title​Associated Web Page​
 Associated
Document
 
Bayfront (Shore Drive Corridor) Study (May 23, 1997)
Beach Management Plan (April 2002)* Adobe PDF icon
Shore Drive Corridor Design Guidelines (March 28, 2002)* Adobe PDF icon
Shore Drive Corridor Plan (March 28, 2000)* Adobe PDF icon
Shore Drive Corridor Plan Appendices (March 28, 2000)*​ Adobe PDF icon
 

 

Comprehensive Plans ​

​Title​Associated Document
​2009 Compre​hensive Plan Policy Document Adobe PDF icon
2009 Comprehensive Plan Technical Report​ Adobe PDF icon
2009 Comprehensive Plan Reference Handbook (including Agenda for Future Action and Documents Adopted by Reference)​ Adobe PDF icon
2003 Comprehensive Plan Policy Document​ Adobe PDF icon
2003 Comprehensive Plan Technical Report​ Adobe PDF icon
1997 ​Comprehensive Plan Policy Document​ Adobe PDF icon
1997 Comprehensive Plan Technical Report​​ Adobe PDF icon
1991 Comprehensive Plan ​ Adobe PDF icon
1985 Comprehensive Plan ​ Adobe PDF icon
1979 Comprehensive Plan ​ Adobe PDF icon
 

 

Kempsville 

​Title​​Associated Document
​Historic Kempsville Area Mas​ter Plan (January 24, 2006)* Adobe PDF icon

 

 

Oceana​

Title​​Associated Web Page
Air Installat​ion Compatible Use Zones (AICUZ) Information
APZ-1 / Clear Zone Master Plan (April 1, 2008)*
Hampton Roads Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) (May 10, 2005)*​​
​​Interfacility Traffic Area and Vicinity Master Plan (Princess Anne Special Economic Growth Area) (January 25, 2011)*

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 Oceanfront ​

Title​Associated Web Page​​Associated Document
Beach Manageme​nt Plan Adobe PDF icon
Infill Development Guidelines for Shadowlawn (December 8, 2009) ​
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Laskin Road Phase I Corridor Plan (June 27, 2000)*​​
Oceanfront Resort District Design Guidelines (July 10, 2012)*​​ Adobe PDF icon
Oceanfront Resort District Form- Based Code (July 10, 2012)*​​ Adobe PDF icon
Old Beach District Design Guidelines (December 20, 2005)*​​ Adobe PDF icon
​Resort Area Facade Program Design Guidelines (February 29, 1988)Adobe PDF icon
Resort Area Strategic Action Plan (December 2, 2008)* Adobe PDF icon
​Resort Open Air Cafe Franchise Regulations (July 10, 2012)Adobe PDF icon
Virginia Aquarium & Owls Creek Area Plan (December 6, 2001)* Adobe PDF icon
 
 


Pembroke/ Town Center / Central Business District

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Title​Associated Web Page​​Associated Document
​Administrative En​croachment Application- Planning Dept.​Adobe PDF icon
​Central Business Core (CBC) District Design Guidelines (February 25, 2014)* Adobe PDF icon
Central Business District Urban Guidelines (February 4, 2004) Adobe PDF icon
Central Business District Association (CBDA)  Design Review Committee Application​ Adobe PDF icon
Pembroke Strategic Growth Area Implementation Plan (November 10, 2009)*​ Adobe PDF icon
 


​Princess Anne Commons/ Transition Area

Title​​Associated Web Page​​Associated Document
Interfacility Traffic Area and Vicinity Master Plan (Princess Anne Special Economic Growth Area) (January 25, 2011)*​
  • ITA & Vicinity Master Plan​
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Municipal Center Master Plan (April 1997)*​ Adobe PDF icon
Princess Anne Corridor Study (July 11, 2000)
  • Princess Anne Commons Design Guidelines (January 25, 2002)​​
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​Transition Area Design Guidelines​  (February 3, 2015)* Adobe PDF icon
Green Sea Blueway and Greenway Management (2015)*Adobe PDF icon
 


​Pungo / Blackwater / Rural Area


Title​​Associated Web Page​​Associated Document
2009 Comprehensive Plan Policy Document - Rural Area and Rural Preservation Plan Adobe PDF icon
2009 Comprehensive Plan Reference Handbook - Special Area Development Guidelines - Rural Development Adobe PDF icon
2009 Comprehensive Plan Reference Handbook - Special Area Development Guidelines - ​Pungo Adobe PDF icon
Pungo Crossing Report by Urban Land Institute (June 16, 2006)​ Adobe PDF icon
Southern Watershed Area Management Plan​ (2001)*
  • Conservation Plan for Southern Watershed Area (February 2001)​*
Adobe PDF icon
  • Multiple Benefits Conservation Plan (July 2001)​*
Adobe PDF icon
  • Southern Watershed Rural Area Preservation Plan (September 30, 2001)​*
Adobe PDF icon
  • Strategic Plan for Agriculture in Chesapeake and Virginia Beac​h (March 30, 2001)​*
Adobe PDF icon
Green Sea Blueway and Greenway Management (2015)​*Adobe PDF icon
 ​

 

Strategic Growth Areas

Title​​Associated Web Page​​Associated Document
Centerville Strategic Growth Area Master Plan (March 26, 2013)*​ Adobe PDF icon
Hilltop Strategic Growth Area Master Plan (August 28, 2012)*​ Adobe PDF icon
Lynnhaven Strategic Growth Area Master Plan (April 24, 2012)*​ Adobe PDF icon
Newtown Strategic Growth Area Master Plan (July 6, 2010)*​ Adobe PDF icon
Northampton Boulevard Corridor Strategic Action Plan (Burton Station) (January 27, 2009)* Adobe PDF icon
Pembroke Strategic Growth Area Implementation Plan (November 10, 2009)* Adobe PDF icon
Resort Area Strategic Action Plan (December 2, 2008)*​ ​​ Adobe PDF icon
Rosemont Strategic Growth Area Master Plan (September 13, 2011)*​ Adobe PDF icon
 
    

 Citywide

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Title​Associated Web Page​Associated Document​
A Community Plan for a Sustainable Future​
​​Bikeways and Trails Plan (February 15, 2011)*​
City of Virginia Beach Major Street Network Ultimate Rights-of-Way*​ Adobe PDF icon
Consolidated Strategy and Plan for Housing and Community Development Programs (July 1,2010)*​ Adobe PDF icon
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) (January 20,2000)​​ Adobe PDF icon
Landscaping Guide (April 26,2011)​ Adobe PDF icon
  • ​​Updated Plant List
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Mixed Use Development Guidelines (October 21, 2004)*​ Adobe PDF icon
Parking Structure Design Guidelines (December 8, 2009)* Adobe PDF icon
Public Facilities General Aesthetic Guidelines (June 2000)*​ Adobe PDF icon
Public Works Specifications and Standards Right-of-Way Typical Section Drawings Appendix A Adobe PDF icon
Retail Establishments and Shopping Centers Ordinance Guidelines (2002)* Adobe PDF icon
Senior Housing Facility Development Guidelines (1999) Adobe PDF icon
Southeastern Parkway & Greenbelt Location Study (2005)
Urban Forest Management Plan(January 14, 2014)*  Adobe PDF icon
Virginia Beach Historic Resources Management Plan (1994)​* Adobe PDF icon
Virginia Beach Outdoors Plan (2008)*​ Adobe PDF icon
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