*Winner of an HRACRE 2020 Award of Merit for Best Master Planned Project
In 2009, UDA was selected by the City of Virginia Beach to prepare strategic growth area plans along the Virginia Beach Boulevard/I-264/Transit corridor. These strategic growth areas were designated in the City’s comprehensive plan for more detailed transit-oriented planning. Each plan was developed in sequence with extensive public participation and stakeholder involvement. The plans were adopted by City Council as amendments to the city comprehensive plan and the city created the Strategic Growth Area Office to coordinate public and private redevelopment activities in the growth areas.
In 2018, WPA was awarded the contract to update the Resort Area Strategic Action Plan. In 2019, WPA and UDA teamed up once again and were awarded the urban design and architectural contract for all 8 Strategic Growth Areas in the City. We are currently working together on planning for resilient neighborhoods of the future, implementing the Resort Area Plan and adapting obsolete big box retail and strip shopping centers into mixed-use neighborhood centers.