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Hampton Roads Region – Portsmouth and Chesapeake, Virginia

Program: Compatible Use

Hampton Roads Region – Portsmouth and Chesapeake, Virginia

Hampton Roads Region communities have come together to work with regional Navy installations on compatible growth and storm water management issues.

The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission is the sponsor for a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) proposed to include the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Naval Supply Center-Craney Island Fuel Terminal, Portsmouth Annex, Scott Center, South Gate Piers, Public-Private Housing Area, and the St. Julien's Creek Annex all of which are located in the cities of Portsmouth and Chesapeake. As such these cities and the Commonwealth of Virginia are the primary stakeholders in the study.

The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission JLUS is a community-driven planning process for the regional Navy installations and the surrounding communities to promote compatible civilian development in support of military readiness and defense capabilities; protect public health, safety, general welfare, and quality of life; promote the economic viability of the communities; and foster continued communication between the military and the surrounding communities to address compatibility issues. 

The JLUS planning process benefits both the military installations and the surrounding communities by identifying existing and future land use conflicts, and where mitigation strategies, ordinances, and future planning may counter possible civilian development that may impair continued military operations.

The Hampton Roads Region, with an approximate 1.7 million population, includes a high concentration of valuable military, commercial, and industrial assets. Nearly one-fourth of the nation's active-duty military personnel are stationed in Hampton Roads and 45 percent of the region's gross regional output is defense-related. Military operations in the region face increased challenges due to continued population growth and associated community development, including degradation of the regional transportation network. In addition, coordinated regional storm water management is required to address recurrent flooding along the James River, Elizabeth River, and Chesapeake Bay, which continues to adversely impact the low-lying areas within the Navy facilities and surrounding community.

The following deliverables are anticipated from the study effort:

  • Stakeholder and Public Engagement Plan
  • Final JLUS Report
  • Implementation Strategy Plan

Point of Contact

Ben McFarlane

Hampton Roads Planning District Commission

(757) 420-8300

Program: Compatible Use

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