Today Virginia Beach's Resort Advisory Commission (RAC) met for it's Strategic Planning Meeting. The RAC holds one once every three years to set strategic priorities for the Resort Area.
Voted out this afternoon as the top five (high) priorities:
1. Implement the Strategic Action Plan
Status: that is, the Resort Area Master Plan that is in the works. The Plan should go to City Council in late May-early June for approval.
2. Rudee Loop: Interim and Long Range Plan
Status: the City of Virginia Beach owns virtually all of one of the most valuable pieces of real estate in the city. The latest consultant's report (the Hunter Report) underlines it's value, calling for it to be redeveloped well and cautiously. In the interim, there may be a better use for it than what is being done now.
3. Dome site redevelopment
Status: the Virginia Beach Development Authority (VBDA) has chosen three finalists for redevelopment of the City-owned property straddling 19th Street along Pacific Avenue. The aforementioned Hunter Report called for this property to be first in line for redevelopment in the Resort Area.
4. Work with Media Group for information sharing in all vehicles
Status: it's been an ongoing struggle for the RAC to get information on the value of Tourism to the residents of Virginia Beach. The RAC's Communications Committee is being charged with working with the City's Public Information Office (PIO) to get the job done. The need will become all the more acute when trying to implement the Resort Area Master Plan.
5. Future of Transit in the Resort Area
Status: the pending Resort Area Master Plan has transit proposals entirely different from what's in service now. Therefore, Commissioner Henry Ryto suggested this priority, so as to have the Transportation Committee shepherd what comes out in the Plan. Score one for the CCO RAC representative!
The Resort Advisory Commission will take these five back up at it's February 7 meeting, wordsmithing them before final approval.