Isle of Wight County, Virginia
Isle of Wight Area Plan
Established in 1634 at the confluence of the James River and the Chesapeake Bay, Isle of Wight County had concerns that the area surrounding the Route 17 corridor might be over-developed and the coastal natural environment might be negatively impacted. The Walker Collaborative (TWC) was part of a team led by Raybould Associates to create a plan and design guidelines to help shape the area’s future growth.
TWC had the lead role in two key components: public engagement and the creation of the design guidelines.
The process included a public “kick-off” meeting, a series of stakeholder meetings, a charrette to create the area’s Concept Plan, a workshop for the draft design guidelines, and a series of presentations toward the end of the project. The design guidelines addressed all basic facets of the area’s physical attributes, including: streets, blocks, lots, buildings, architectural design, and site features, such as landscaping, lighting, and signage.