The Final Draft of the Indian River Planning Area Study will be reviewed at a Public Hearing at the Planning Commission on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 7 pm at City Hall.
Key elements to support in the plan include:
- 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
Community and Environment
- 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
- 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
To support the plan, you can attend the Planning Commission meeting Wednesday, Sept. 8, 7 pm at City Hall or you can submit comments for Agenda Item "PLN-COMP-2021-002" on line at https://www.cityofchesapeake.net/government/Boards-Commissions/full-listing/11planningcommission.htm (See the **NEW** Electronic Comment Form)
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