Resort Strategic Growth Area (SGA)

The Resort Area is generally bound by 42nd Street, the Atlantic Ocean, Rudee Inlet and Birdneck Road. The vision for the Resort Area is to create three distinct yet complementary districts at Laskin Gateway, Central Beach, and Rudee Marina. This region will be enhanced by extending the energy at the beach into these areas. This plan develops synergies between the cultural and commercial life, the recreational and natural life, and an overall focus on drawing residents and visitors into the area.

​​Resort Area Strategic Action Plan (RASAP) Update

2009 RASAP Map

The Resort Area Strategic Action Plan (RASAP) was adopted December 2008. Since adoption, a great deal of development has occurred and its time to refresh goals and initiatives, establish priorities and review the existing boundaries. The RASAP update goals are to reflect existing conditions with residential and commercial development, establish a transparent, inclusive, comprehensive process that defines and prioritizes the goals of the stakeholders and the city to produce a plan that has clear, measurable initiatives for implementation.

City staff, supported by the Work Program Architects (WPA) team, 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 Plan and gain a detailed understanding of the problems, opportunities and the goals of the stakeholders.
    2. Exploring/Prioritizing - Facilitated by the WPA team, citizens will evaluate and prioritize feedback from phase 1 to establish development/design strategies and project priorities.
    3. Deciding - The consultant team, 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 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center and share their input online via​ on topics like gateways, open space, recreation/placemaking, connectivity/streetscape Improvements, parking/mobility, development opportunities, public improvements/safety and implementation strategies. Visit RASAP Update tab below to view presentations, public meeting summary, 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 22nd 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 online survey Survey results and comments are posted under the RASAP update tab and to the right of the page. The WPA Consultant team, and City staff briefed the Virginia Beach Planning Commission during their informal session on September 11, 2019. The informal session for Planning Commission was held in the City Manager's Conference Room, building 1, Municipal Center at 9:00 am. To view the Planning Commission presentation, visit the RASAP Update tab below.

Next Steps
The RASAP Steering Committee will hold working sessions October and November to review and edit the Draft RASAP document. Please refer to the City’s Public Meetings Calendar for meeting locations and times. The Planning Commission Public Hearing and the City Council Public Hearing/Vote on the RASAP update will be posted mid-January 2020.

Interested in Developing in the Resort Area?

Pre-design meetings are strongly encouraged for all new developments located within a Strategic Growth Area. The purpose of this meeting is to address how the proposal complements the SGA Plan and critical issues associated with the proposed land use, site design, building design, supporting infrastructure needs, and any other concerns about the project. These Pre-Design meetings will also help identify expectations and assist in establishing lines of communication to help the project move through the land development and plan review processes smoothly. Please contact Karen Creech at (757) 385-2906 or Ashby Moss at (757) 385-2904