Updating the RASAP

​​​​​​​​​​​​Background

Originally adopted in December 2008, the Resort Area Strategic Action Plan (RASAP) established a vision for future growth in the area generally bound by 42nd Street, the Atlantic Ocean, Rudee Inlet, and Birdneck Road. The vision established in this long range plan centers around creating three distinct yet complementary districts at Laskin Gateway, Central Beach, and Rudee Marina. The plan recommends extending the energy at the beach into these districts, developing synergies between cultural and commercial life, recreational and natural life, and focusing on drawing residents and visitors into the area.

Time for an Update

In the decade since the original plan was adopted, several public and private development projects have begun to transform our Resort Area into the vision established in 2008. Now it is time to take stock of what has been accomplished (and what has not) and take a fresh look at what we envision for the Resort Strategic Growth Area (SGA) in the next ten years. Through this process, we will refresh the plan's goals and initiatives, establish priorities, and review the existing boundaries of the Resort SGA.

Process

City staff supported by a city hired consultant will work to prepare an implementation plan for this area using recommendations generated through citizen and stakeholder input. The planning process includes three phases:

    1. Understanding - Review the 2008 RASAP and gain a detailed understanding of the problems, opportunities and goals of the stakeholders
    2. Exploring/Prioritizing - Facilitated by a city hired consultant, citizens will evaluate and prioritize feedback from phase 1 to establish development/design strategies and project priorities.
    3. Deciding - The consultant, stakeholders, Steering Committee and city staff will narrow the development strategies and prioritize projects to produce an initial draft RASAP update document.

Phase 1 - Understanding

The RASAP update effort kicked off with an organization and goal setting meeting on December 5, 2018 followed by monthly Steering Committee meetings generally held the first Wednesday of each month. During phase 1, city staff worked to refine the RASA​P Steeri​ng Committee, develop tracking and baseline maps of existing conditions, started outreach efforts, and provided a RASAP update presentation to the Resort Advisory Commission.

Phase 2 - Exploring/Prioritizing

The WPA Consultant Team, RASAP Steering Committee, and City Staff held interviews and worked with stakeholder groups to obtain input, identify development/design principles, and priorities for the Resort Strategic Growth Area. In addition to stakeholder interviews and focus group sessions, residents were invited to attend a public workshop held Monday, June 17, 2019 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center and share their input online via the June 2019 RASAP public survey on topics like gateways, open space, recreation/placemaking, connectivity/streetscape improvements, parking/mobility, development opportunities, public improvements/safety and implementation strategies. Visit the Meetings & Presentations tab below to view presentations, public meeting summaries, and survey outcomes.

Phase 3 - Deciding

Almost 200 citizens participated in the second public meeting for the Resort Area Strategic Action Plan Update on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center by offering their opinions on topics like connected green/open spaces, gateways/placemaking, mobility planning, streetscape design, and concepts for Rudee Loop Park. During this phase, the City, along with Work Program Architects' consultant team, sought input on past goals and setting new priorities for the next decade of growth in the Resort Area. Citizens were also invited to share input online via the August 2019 RASAP public survey. Survey results and comments are posted under the Meetings & Presentations tab below. During the public comment period, the city received a significant number of comments regarding certain elements of the plan, which prompted revisions reflected in the final Virginia Beach Resort Area Strategic Action Plan (RASAP) 2030.