One City, One Future Comprehensive Plan

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VIDEOS from Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee meeting, Downing-Gross Cultural Center, March 23, 2017


VIDEOS from Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee meeting, Bayport Building, City Center, March 9, 2017


The Two Maps that Differ on the City Farm

Parks and Recreation Map, page 71

Future Land Use and Transportation Map, page 121

Excerpts from the

DRAFT One City, One Future Comprehensive Plan

Disclaimer: This is a working Draft Document that is subject to change over the course of the project, prior to being presented to the Planning Commission and City Council.

From Pages 97-98


With limited vacant land and environmental constraints, growth in Newport News will be largely accommodated through infill and redevelopment, with high density growth in targeted areas supported by enhanced public transit.

  • There is an overabundance of strip retail centers in the city. As newer centers are built in the central area of Newport News, successful tenants relocate and older centers are left with lower tier retailers and high vacancy rates. Eventually, many of these properties decline due to lack of investment in routine maintenance and repair and upgrades. Smaller centers often are boarded up or leased out to non-traditional commercial center uses, which can result in incompatibilities with neighborhood character and surrounding uses. This is evident along lower Jefferson Avenue, multiple sections of Warwick Boulevard, and portions of Denbigh Boulevard.
  • City Farm Correctional Facility was closed in 2015. Long considered an opportunity area, the 50-acre site has direct access to the James River and Deep Creek Harbor. The adopted Riverview Farm Park Master Plan calls for development of a public park on the City Farm property; however, given the timeframe and changing economic conditions since the original plan was developed (adopted in 1991), it may be worth revisiting and updating.
  • There are numerous opportunities for redevelopment within the Southeast Community, mostly concentrated along lower Jefferson Avenue, and pockets south of 25th Street approximately between I-664 and Marshall Avenue. The City continues to make investments along lower Jefferson Avenue in accordance with the Jefferson Avenue Corridor Study, but other recommendations from the Southeast Community Plan have not been implemented.
  • As presented under Regional Activity Centers, historic downtown is an opportunity area. Comprised of 334 acres of land, approximately 30 percent is covered in surface parking. Construction of the federal courthouse, Navy housing and the new Apprentice School has not yet triggered further investment in the area. A concept plan to jumpstart change in downtown is presented in the Superblock Charrette Study; implementation could ultimately lead to the rebirth of downtown as an urban waterfront village. Early actions, including those that set the stage for change, have not been programmed.

From Page 111


The Deep Creek/Menchville area contains some of the most valuable land, water and environmental resources within the city. Located at the confluence of the Warwick and James rivers, the area contained the last undeveloped land overlooking the James River within the city. With more than 400 acres of residual rural lands in the 1980s, development pressure was mounting and the City and community wanted a plan to establish the vision and framework for development. The community-based planning process was initiated to evaluate existing conditions and establish a vision for future development of the land to preserve the natural and cultural assets and create an amenity that reflects the character and history of the area. The community envisioned a 300-acre riverfront park with active and passive recreation, a working farm, and a revitalized working marina and waterfront. One of the immediate implementation actions in the Deep Creek Menchville Master Plan was the formation of a task force and planning process to design the public park, another was temporary consolidation of City Farm operations to a smaller area until the correctional facility could be relocated elsewhere in the city.

Investments to Date

  • Design of Riverview Farm Park (adopted 1991)
  • Construction of playground, picnic areas, restrooms, soccer fields, skate park, dog park, and multi-use trails
  • Construction of Riverview Gymnastics Center
  • Transfer of Menchville Marina from private to public ownership to preserve working waterfront for watermen
  • Stabilization of bulkhead at marina
  • Closure of City Farm


Implementation of plan recommendations has been slow, with approximately one-third of the improvements completed. This is mainly the result of City Farm operations continuing through summer of 2015. Recognizing that this master plan is now over 25 years old, and City priorities and economic conditions may have substantially changed since the plan’s initial development, it may be worth revisiting the plan to ensure it still meets City goals and public needs. The Future Land Use Map should retain the “Under Study” designation for the former City Farm until further study is completed.


The Parks and Recreation section, pages 69-73, appear below.