Virginia Aquarium and Owls Creek
EDSA provided master planning services for the City of Virginia Beach and Virginia Aquarium to compose a community and tourism based plan providing all relevant information necessary to create a unique destination integrating heritage, land use, transit, tourism, and environmental stewardship. The master planning process involved the input of residents, stakeholders, the City of Virginia Beach and the Virginia Aquarium. The conceived community master plan is inclusive intending to encourage development or redevelopment of regional significance by preserving existing community and heritage, protecting the natural environment, facilitating a mix of land uses, encouraging transportation connectivity, enhancing the character, providing incentives for quality development and giving definition to the Aquarium & Owls Creek Area. The benefit of the study will translate into short and long term goals for implementation including new parks, entertainment, attractions and an exhibit building to elevate the Aquarium visitation to 1 million guests per year.