The vision for the Newtown SGA is a new mixed-use village center, state of the art business parks, an educational campus, new light industrial space, and new residential neighborhoods.

Interested in developing in the Newtown SGA?

Virginia Beach welcomes projects of all shapes and sizes, and the City’s Planning staff can help guide new development ideas from conception to final inspections. 

Development Liaisons are available based on a project’s proposed location, development type and current phase.

​​​​​​​The SGA Now

The Newtown SGA is a western gateway into Virginia Beach. Much of the area features low- to mid-rise structures representing a mix of office and light industrial uses of varying quality, and there are several undeveloped and underdeveloped properties throughout. 

It is bisected by Interstate 264, and the eastern most transit stop on the Hampton Roads Transit Light Rail system that serves Norfolk is immediately west of the SGA. This transit stop is convenient to much of the Newtown SGA and will enable the redevelopment of the study area as a transit-oriented district.

Newtown Road is located in the center of the region and at the convergence of major highways and future transit. This SGA is attractive to businesses seeking easy access to regional highways and the interstate system and is a highly visible portal to the city. 

The addition of transit will increase the value of Newtown as an area of future economic development at higher densities.​

​The Plan

The Newtown SGA Master Plan emphasizes that land uses will transition to reflect increased land values achieved by improved access and proximity to Norfolk's light rail station from which a new mixed-use district will emerge. 

Business and light industrial uses will tolerate noisy areas along I-264 and take advantage of high visibility from the interstate. The old Arrowhead Industrial Park, an anomaly today, will be replaced by a new residential neighborhood, consistent with existing adjacent residential areas.

Key Recommendations

  • Reinforce the Newtown site as the gateway into Virginia Beach.
  • Create interconnected pedestrian and street frameworks.
  • Build parks and open spaces throughout the site.
  • Build mixed-use, mixed-income, transit-oriented development.
  • Strengthen education and training institutions in the district.
  • Build at a compatible scale next to existing neighborhoods.
  • Extend a bicycle and trail system through the site.
  • Celebrate light rail as a centerpiece in a gateway public space.
  • Develop a shared parking strategy.
  • Coordinate transportation improvements, including light rail, Newtown Road, the Greenwich/Cleveland Flyover, and I-264 access/widening.
  • Develop design guidelines for the district.