Virginia Beach SGA Plans Win State’s Top Award

Monday, August 05, 2013

Virginia Beach’s six-year effort to plan for high-density urban areas has been named the state’s top municipal achievement of 2012.


The Virginia Municipal League announced that Virginia Beach has won the prestigious President’s Award for its Strategic Growth Areas master planning initiative. The effort started in 2007 and ended in early 2013.


“Virginia Beach is a far-sighted city, and this award confirms it,” Mayor William D. Sessoms, Jr. said. “With the Green Line protecting our rural south, it was imperative that we find new ways to encourage orderly growth in the northern half of Virginia Beach. I am very proud of our city staff for their outstanding work.”


Over the course of six years, Virginia Beach created and adopted detailed master plans for eight Strategic Growth Areas. City planners engaged hundreds of residents and business owners in dozens of meetings throughout the city to create these plans. It was one of the City Council’s top priorities.


The resulting plans can be found at They include master plans for the Oceanfront, Pembroke, Burton Station, Centerville, Hilltop, Lynnhaven, Newtown and Rosemont.  The plans are an essential part of keeping Virginia Beach a thriving, beautiful city. They protect existing suburban neighborhoods by encouraging new businesses and homes in these eight urban-style areas.


Virginia Beach will receive the award Oct. 15 at the league’s annual conference in Arlington.


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