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)

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 https://publicinput.com/RASAP​ 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 https://publicinput.com/RASAP2019. Survey results and comments are posted under the RASAP update tab and to the right of the page. During the public comment period the city received significant comment regarding certain elements of the plan which resulted in plan revision reflected in the Virginia Beach Resort Area Strategic Action Plan (RASAP) 2030.

Next Steps
The City will hold a regular meeting of the City Council in the Council Chamber of the City Hall Building, Municipal Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia, on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 6:00 p.m., at which time an ordinance to Adopt and Incorporate into the Virginia Beach Comprehensive Plan the Virginia Beach Resort Area Strategic Action Plan 2030 will be heard. Copy of the proposed ordinance is on file and may be examined online at http://www.vbgov.com/pc. Any citizen wishing to make comments virtually during the public hearing should follow a two-step process: first, register for the webEx at https://vbgov.webex.com/vbgov/onstage/g.php?MTID=e8dc40963de346f09cf4c822391b99113, and second, register with the City Clerk’s Office by calling (757) 385-4303 or via email at Abarnes@vbgov.com prior to 6:00 p.m., on June 2, 2020. If you are physically disabled or visually impaired and need assistance at this meeting, please call the City Clerk’s Office at 385-4303.

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 kcreech@vbgov.com or Ashby Moss at (757) 385-2904 amoss@vbgov.com.