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 October 31, 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
During Phase 3, the WPA Consultant Team, RASAP Steering Committee, and City Staff will continue outreach efforts and work to establish a vision for the Resort SGA, based on the public input and recommendations received during phases 1 and 2. The vision and draft concepts will be presented to stakeholders and additional public comment will be solicited

Next Steps
Please join us on Thursday, August 22, at 6:00 p.m., for the second public workshop, to be held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center (1000 19th St.) to share your input on design concepts, and the vision for the Virginia Beach Resort Area. Starting August 23rd, citizens will also be able to view design concepts and offer input online via

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