Growth is coming to Hampton Roads. Projections are that we could have 350,000 more residents, another Chesapeake and Hampton, by 2035.
Where will all of us live, work and play then? How can we use our land and resources to create a place for ourselves and the next generation, one we are all proud to call home?
We need to put our best minds to the task, and that is what happened on Thursday May 17, 2012 at Old Dominion University’s Ted Constant Center.
The event was Reality Check, a well-tested project of the respected national non-profit Urban Land Institute. ULI’s Hampton Roads District Council, in collaboration with ODU, the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, the Hampton Roads Partnership, Lead Hampton Roads and many other civic, environmental, planning and business agencies and organizations are hard at work, planning Reality Check Hampton Roads.
On May 17, 300 individuals, representing a host of business, civic and non-profit organizations, supplemented by members of the general public who have applied to participate, will gather on the floor of the Ted Constant Center to develop guiding land use principles for the region. Then working off maps without city or county lines, and using legos and string, they will suggest where future residential and commercial development should take place while protecting natural resources and enhancing recreation.
Reality Check is not a new concept. Since 2005, such regions as Baltimore, Tampa Bay, Washington DC, the Uplands Region of South Carolina, Charleston, Raleigh-Durham and Jacksonville , have staged these structured though casual single-day gatherings. If Hampton Roads is to remain competitive with other areas of the country, it is critical that we conduct our own Reality Check.
Get onboard today and be part of history in Hampton Roads.
Reality Check Hampton Roads took place on Thursday May 17, 2012. To have the most impact, ULI Hampton Roads District Council reached out to business, civic, environmental and other organizations, asking them to consider endorsing the effort by approving a supportive Resolution.