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Hampton Roads to get a ‘Reality Check’

Growth is coming to Hampton Roads.  Projections are that we could have 350,000 more residents, another Chesapeake and Hampton, by 2035.

Hampton Roads will join other regions in the country this spring by becoming the 7th area in the US to undergo a “Reality Check,” a daylong visioning exercise designed to lay the foundation for growth for the next 25 years.

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.


The “Reality Check” exercise already has been done in Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, Charleston, Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Raleigh-Durham.  Participants will come from organizations that have stepped forward to endorse the event, such as the area chambers of commerce and planning groups. The U S. Navy also will participate and civic groups are expected to add their voices. Members of the general public with an interest in land use can nominate themselves for participation at http://www.realitycheckhr.org



Reality Check Hampton Roads will take place on Thursday May 17, 2012.  To have the most impact, ULI Hampton Roads District Council is reaching out to business, civic, environmental and other organizations, asking them to consider endorsing the effort by approving a supportive Resolution.

Many have already done so. Won’t you joint them by bringing it to your group’s attention for a formal vote?  You will be listed on this website and be guaranteed to have at least one representative around the tables on May 17.

If you wish to have a speaker come to a meeting, the Reality Check coordinating committee will gladly provide one.


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