Business Districts

Business districts/parks - each with a distinct character and industry base.

Virginia Beach has a long history of successfully developing and marketing shovel-ready industrial site inventory. From the 1960s to the present day, this commitment brought jobs and capital investment to the City through the location of companies like STIHL, Architectural Graphics, IMS Gear, Prufrex, Haulotte, and Sanjo. As evidence of the continuing strength of industrial activity in the community, all of Innovation Park's Phase I was obligated within 100 days.

The business districts stretch slightly outside of the City's designated strategic growth areas, which means the City ​plans to spur growth in the area by investing in forward-thinking infrastructure and developing a distinct identity to foster continued growth and attract businesses to these districts. Some districts are heavily populated, making them ideal for corporate and retail clusters. Others are located where major transportation corridors converge, providing an ideal location for industrial development.

In addition, Virginia Beach has eight opportunity zones that are uniquely positioned and ready for investment and growth.

The City's business parks, a majority of which fall within a major business district, allow companies to benefit from an advanced infrastructure and a synergy that is achieved by allowing companies in similar industries to locate in close proximity. Additional business parks also are located throughout the City in independent business districts, primarily in the area just south of Naval Air Station Oceana.

Virginia Beach has five major concentrations of office, industrial, and commercial properties.

Publicly Owned Parks

Privately Owned Parks

Recognizing the crucial role the business districts will play in the future growth of Virginia Beach, the City has designated eight of the nine major business districts (all with the exception of the quickly developing Princess Anne Commons corridor) as "Strategic Growth Areas."

The vision of the SGAs embodies a vertical mix of urban uses, great streets, and well-designed pedestrian connectivity. It includes mobility and transit alternatives, urban gathering places, and land use patterns that foster economic growth through efficient use and reuse of land, neighborhood protection, “green” building and infrastructure opportunities, and a variety of civic, commercial, artistic and ethnically diverse areas.