The City is accepting comments on the Indian River Planning Area Study through Sunday, May 23. The Indian River Planning Area Study is a proposed strategic plan for our community, mapping out actions to improve our community in the coming years. The Plan provides a strong, interconnected combination of actions that, if well implemented, will improve the quality of life of the community.
You can submit comments at https://www.cityofchesapeake.net/government/city-departments/departments/Planning-Department/Planning-Library/Indian-River-Military-Highway-Corridor-Study/virtualcommunitymeeting.htm
Tell the City that you support a plan that revitalizes Indian River Road, including the Indian River Shopping Center, and redesigns the road as our "Main Street", preserves and rehabilitates the residential character of our community, provides connections between our neighborhoods, parks, the river, and a new civic campus, and increases the overall environmental quality of the community through increased tree canopy, natural areas and shorelines, and green infrastructure.
- Redesign Indian River Road to be our “Main Street” including features such as buffered bicycle lanes and streetscape enhancements to reduce speeding, improve safety, and spur economic activity.
- Establishing tax-increment financing and/or other incentives to encourage redevelopment of business corridor
- Work toward redevelopment of the Indian River Shopping Center and possibly surrounding commercial properties into higher density mixed-use development
- Develop a residential pattern book to provide guidance on the recommended look and design for new development
- Ensure that infrastructure for water, sewer, and stormwater are sufficient to accommodate any infill development
- Install signage to identify historic areas such as Oaklette, Queen City, Norfolk Highlands, Seminole Park, and Foundation Park
- Incentivize tree preservation and planting
- Preserve, restore, and expand riparian/shoreline buffer vegetation
- Reach out to homeowners about restoration and flood mitigation funding such as Virginia Conservation Assistance Fund, Virginia Community Flood Preparedness Fund, the Elizabeth River River Star Program, and other such programs.
- Educate homeowners on the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area
- Install “wayfinding” signage along Military Highway to show direction to local destinations such as Community Center, Library, Rokeby Center, Indian River Park, Conference Center, etc.
- Identify bus stops that need improvement and increase bus frequency to at least once every 30 minutes during rush hour
- Create a “civic campus” including the Indian River High School, Community Center, Middle School, Chesapeake Center for Student Success, and Library with the lake at its center
- Complete Blue Heron Landing Park, develop a trail management plan and add amenities at Indian River Park, and create an overlook at Plymouth Park
- Establish a network of “greenways” along Indian River neighborhoods streets including sidewalks, bikeways and green stormwater infrastructure
- Create a bike route along Lilac Ave. and crosswalk at Lilac Ave. and Indian River Road to provide link from Indian River Road bike paths and Blue Heron Park to Rokeby Ave. and Indian River Park
- Provide a safe pedestrian and bicycle crossing at Rokeby Ave. and Military Highway to connect to Indian River Park
- Planning Area Study Overview
- Main Street Redesign – Road Diet
- Main Street Redesign – Commercial Revitalization
- Main Street Redesign – Hazel Ct.
- Preserving and Rehabilitating Residential Neighborhoods
- Greenways, Preserve Natural Areas, Transit Improvements
- Indian River Road Bike Path; connection to Norfolk
- Park Improvements
- Civic Campus
- Summary/Action Alert