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Portsmouth, VA 23704
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Downtown Master Plan and Waterfront Strategy
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Downtown Master Plan and Waterfront Strategy (12,702 kb)
Downtown Plan Appendix A_KH (135 kb)
Downtown Plan Appendix B_HPE Part 1 (1,550 kb)
Downtown Plan Appendix B_HPE Part 2 (1,712 kb)
Downtown Plan Appendix C_HistoryMatters (537 kb)
Downtown Plan Appendix D_BAE (1,086 kb)
Downtown Plan Appendix E_KH (14 kb)
The Downtown and Waterfront area is a major center of activity for the City
as well as the greater region as a whole and one of Portsmouth’s most visible
assets. This area also supports the greatest concentration of mixed uses in the
City. Given its prominent place in our City – it is vital that we continue to
focus on coordinated and sustained growth for the downtown and waterfront.
Over the course of the next twelve months, the City will work closely with
Portsmouth’s citizens to develop a Downtown Master Plan (DMP) to guide the
continued development of the downtown area as a vibrant, walkable, mixed-use
urban center. The plan will be based on clear and established principles and
values – and a shared vision that will guide future growth and development in
the downtown and along the waterfront.
The downtown and waterfront area have been the subject of previous studies and
initiatives in the past. However, these initiatives have been more narrowly
focused and targeted towards specific sub-areas. The Downtown Master Plan will
look at the downtown area as an integrated whole.
The DMP will incorporate previous development strategies, planning studies,
parking studies, historic preservation efforts, and other planning initiatives
to date and integrate these into a cohesive and coordinated document with a
focus on sustaining, promoting and building off recent development successes.
The Plan will include an economic market analysis component linked to land use
and provide clear, measurable goals, objectives and recommendations for
implement. The Plan will also incorporate a fiscally sound methodology for
evaluating projects and prioritizing city resources to carry out the plan.
Portsmouth is at a critical juncture in the development of its downtown and
waterfront assets. This is a significant opportunity to help set in motion a
synergy which will support further growth and quality development which in turn
will increase its attractiveness as a regional destination. The Downtown Master
Plan will help set in motion and guide the “next wave” of new investment that
will take downtown and the waterfront to the next level as a vibrant,
diversified and memorable urban destination.
If you would like to be updated as the new Downtown Master Plan and Waterfront
Strategy is being developed please provide your email address below. You may
also provide comments in the Text Box provided. For any additional information
or assistance, please contact the Department of Planning at 393-8836.