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Great Bridge Historic Gateway Overlay District
City Council adopted the Great Bridge Village Design Guidelines in December 2008 as an amendment to the 2026 Comprehensive Plan. The purpose of the Guidelines is to guide future development and redevelopment in a unified fashion that preserves the area’s historic significance and identity.
On November 19, 2019, City Council passed a resolution requesting the Planning Commission/Planning Department to study and consider the designation of the Great Bridge Historic Gateway District as an Overlay District within the Chesapeake Zoning Ordinance. Creation of the Great Bridge Historic Gateway Overlay District would facilitate implementation of the Guidelines by establishing appropriate boundaries, regulations, and procedural and architectural guidelines. A draft report, PLN-TXT-2019-011 Great Bridge Historic Gateway Overlay District, was issued on January 15, 2020 by the Planning Department for public comment and included a summary of past studies and planning efforts, existing conditions, a description of the proposed study area, demographics of the area, environmental constraints, transportation plans, recommendations, and specific development standards for the four character districts.
Public workshops to explain existing conditions and what is proposed in the Great Bridge Historic Gateway Overlay District were held in January 2020. Exhibits and public comments from both the morning and evening public workshops are available for review.
The Planning Commission considered public comments on the proposed zoning overlay district at the March 11th meeting and recommended approval at the May 13th meeting. This narrated presentation provides a complete overview of the overlay district.
City Council approved the zoning overlay district proposal on June 16, 2020. This narrated presentation provides a complete overview of the overlay district. The signed ordinance details what was adopted.
The draft ordinance and supporting map exhibits (Character Districts of the Great Bridge Historic Gateway Overlay District, Causeway Character District Front-Facing Streets Exhibit, Great Bridge Business Character District Front-Facing Streets Exhibit, and Great Bridge School Architectural Compatibility Zone Map), ordinance justification report, and staff report can all be viewed prior to the public hearing meeting.
This map illustrates the boundaries of the Great Bridge Historic Gateway Overlay District, with the district divided into four smaller character districts. The four character districts are the Causeway Character District, Historic Battlefield Character District, Great Bridge Business Character District, and South Gateway Character District.