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Posted on: July 11, 2018

Norfolk Finalizes Green Infrastructure Plan as Part of $4.6 Million Grant

Norfolk is taking a strategic approach to its natural environment with the creation of a new Green Infrastructure Plan.

NORFOLK, VA – Norfolk is taking a strategic approach to its natural environment with the creation of a new Green Infrastructure Plan.  From shoreline improvements to growing the existing tree canopy, the new Green Infrastructure plan will help Norfolk create the coastal community of the future. 

Norfolk City Council approved the plan Tuesday night.

The plan is organized into two themes, land and water and focuses on increasing the amount of natural and constructed green infrastructure by ensuring adequate open space, increasing the tree canopy, and restoring natural shorelines. Examples such as wetland restorations at 46th Street and Colley Bay represent this type of work.

Developed over the past two years, the Green Infrastructure Plan was funded by a $4.6 million-dollar grant awarded in 2015 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Fish and Wildlife Service. The grant also funded 8 neighborhood shoreline projects that have been completed or are currently under construction.  Examples include the completed shoreline at Knitting Mill Creek and projects under construction along Villa Circle and Beach Avenue.  

To read the Green Infrastructure Plan, go to https://www.norfolk.gov/index.aspx?nid=1376  The plan is part of plaNorfolk2030.