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 city and produce a plan that has clear, measurable initiatives for implementation.

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 Plan and gain a detailed understanding of the problems, opportunities and the 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 members 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 October 31, 2018 followed by two Steering Committee meetings held December 5, 2018 and January 8, 2019. During phase 1, city staff has worked to refine the RASAP Steering Committee, develop tracking and baseline maps of existing conditions, started outreach efforts, and provided a RASAP Update presentation to the Resort Advisory Commission.

Next Steps
The consultant and city staff will continue stakeholder meetings to identify the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for the RASAP update and prepare for prioritizing and the public workshop. 

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 Ashby Moss at (757) 385-2904 or
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