Master Plan Secures Economic Vitality of Working Waterfronts

A working waterfront master plan, funded by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program, represents a big step taken by this state to ensure the long-term economic and cultural value of the marine industry. Government and private sector participants worked together to create the plan, and the results led to the passage of several bills that support the waterfront. Cities and counties are also using the plan to create a conducive climate for long-term stability. Gloucester County, for instance, created an economic development plan that established a "working waterfronts district" designation.

In 2012, Virginia’s 600 working waterfronts represented the third-largest producer of marine products in the nation, with a dockside value of $192 million—but changes in today’s economy could jeopardize that success. Threats include an aging workforce, competition for waterfront land, problems with both water quality and water use, and more frequent and severe floods and storms. Virginia’s master plan addressed these issues and more.

More Information: Virginia Working Waterfront Master Plan

Partners: Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission, Eastern Shore Community College, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission, NOAA, Northern Neck-Chesapeake Bay Public Access Authority, Northern Neck Planning District Commission, Shellfish Growers of Virginia, Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Virginia Marine Trades Association, Virginia Sea Grant, Virginia Seafood Council, Virginia Waterman’s Association