Isle of Wight Master Plan & Design Guidelines
Isle of Wight County, Virginia (2006)
Established in 1634, Isle of Wight County is one of the oldest county governments in the United States. Despite their recent successes in managing growth, there is concern that the Route 17 corridor will be overwhelmed with strip commercial development. The Walker Collaborative (TWC) was hired by the County as part of a consultant team led by Raybould Associates to create a plan and design guidelines to help shape the corridor's future growth. TWC had the lead role in two key components of the project: public input and the creation of the design guidelines. The design guidelines address all basic facets of the corridor's physical attributes, including: streets, blocks, lots, buildings, architectural design, and site features, such as landscaping, lighting and signage. The design guidelines are used by the County to serve as a gauge by which to evaluate all proposed future development within the Route 17 corridor.