Virginia Beach Seeks Community Input for the Historic Preservation Strategic Plan Update

Monday, February 08, 2021

The Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission invites the community to offer input on the update of the City's historic preservation program strategic plan at a virtual public meeting. The Commission wants to hear community concerns, priorities and ideas regarding the City's historic and cultural assets, which may include places, buildings, structures, artifacts, landscapes and other meaningful sites. The virtual public meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m.  Persons wishing to attend may register and view at the following event link.

The strategic plan will provide guidance for the Commission, Department of Planning and Community Development, and the community in the management of its collective historic assets through identification and documentation, honorary recognition, education and public awareness programs and initiatives, disaster and recovery planning, and economic incentives.  The City has recently updated its citywide architectural survey and archaeological assessment, which document and identify historic places. It has also sponsored successful nominations of historic neighborhoods to the National Register of Historic Places and has several similar projects underway. 

Presentations during the meeting will outline these recent initiatives and documentation efforts, and discuss the project purpose and goals, threats historic resources face, and potential opportunities for enhancing historic preservation programs in the city. The public meeting will provide an opportunity for the community to give input on the direction of the updated historic preservation plan, address specific areas of concern, and ask questions. An online survey, based on the discussion and questions from the public meeting, will be available for additional public input and response within a few weeks. 

The update to Virginia Beach's historic preservation program strategic plan is being accomplished through a partnership between the City and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources through the state Cost Share grant program.  The plan will be developed to meet state and federal standards for community preservation planning. Commonwealth Preservation Group is the cultural resource management firm that will be leading public discussion and compiling the strategic plan document. For more information about the strategic plan project and the Feb. 23 public meeting, contact Historic Preservation Planner Mark Reed at 757-385-8573 or mreed@vbgov.com.

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