Integrated Site Design Guide

​​​​​​​The City of Virginia Beach is pleased to present its draft Integrated Site Design Guide as the latest in a series of initiatives intended to help developers accomplish sustainable development in the city.


While this effort is designed to update the current Landscaping Guide​, which was
published in 2002 and revised in 2009, it is not an attempt to increase current landscape requirements or costs related to landscaping and stormwater management. Also, the Guide seeks to maintain the beneficial landscaping strategies that have been successful in beautifying Virginia Beach over the last 20 years.

Download the 2014 Draft Integrated Site Design Guide​


The Guide will be the tool box from which landscape architects and designers, civil engineers, planners, developers, business owners, and even homeowners ​​will combine landscape techniques with design components to meet the City site plan review requirements.

Please note that the version available for public input addresses only commercial and multi-family developments.  A version for residential developments will be forthcoming. You are encouraged to review the draft Integrated Site Design Guide ​and forward any comments to Carolyn A.K. Smith or Paul J. Scully at (757) 385-4621.

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