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Joint Land Use Studies

Portsmouth-Chesapeake Joint Land Use Study

Project Overview

The Hampton Roads Region – Portsmouth and Chesapeake Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) is a joint effort between Portsmouth, Chesapeake, the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, and several U.S. Navy installations in South Hampton Roads. Navy facilities in Portsmouth and Chesapeake face several impacts from the surrounding communities, including transportation impacts (such as congestion, existing and planned capital improvements, facility access, gate security, and rail operations), stormwater management, waterway management, land use conflicts, and residential, commercial, and industrial encroachment impacts. Nuisance and storm surge flooding can have major impacts on Navy operations by obstructing access and damaging local infrastructure on which military facilities rely. This study will help identify specific conditions and develop mutually beneficial recommendations to address these issues.

Project Partners

  • Portsmouth
  • Chesapeake
  • Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic
  • Naval Station Norfolk, Craney Island Fuel Depot
  • Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
  • Norfolk Naval Shipyard
  • Virginia Office of the Secretary of Natural Resources
  • Virginia Office of the Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs

The Need for a JLUS

This study will help identify incompatibilities, facilities, and systems of mutual interest to the military installations and the Cities of Portsmouth and Chesapeake and will assess the impacts from incompatible land uses, traffic, congestion, flooding, and storm surge to those critical facilities and systems.


The Policy Committee provides oversight and general direction for the study. Its members include representatives from the participating localities, HRPDC, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The Technical Committee advises the Policy Committee and works with the HRPDC staff and consultant team to provide data, technical input, and review of work products. The Technical Committee is comprised of staff representatives from the participating local governments, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, HRPDC, HRTPO, and state agencies.

Meetings and Agendas 

Public Involvement

The first round of public meetings will be held November 13 and 14. To be added to the notification list for this project, please fill out the form via the ink below.

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