On October 7, 2003 the City of Norfolk the first of several community meetings at Granby High School in order for the consultants to make a progress report on their work to the community and to revise and refine the previous vision statement prepared by the Wards Corner Task Force and the Wards Corner Partnership. What came out of this discussion is the following set of principles and priority actions for the Comprehensive Plan for the Greater Wards Corner Area.
• Use City powers and new investment to eliminate blighting influence of high-crime areas and encourage maintenance through comprehensive code enforcement
• Create a vibrant new mix of quality retail, entertainment and local services responding to the needs and preferences of local residents as well as the regional trading area
• Encourage a new, more urban pattern of development in Wards Corner; one with a lively mix of uses, a pedestrian orientation and a renewed sense of place
• Encourage diversification of the housing stock, with quality higher density housing interspersed with retail to generate an active pedestrian environment
• Enhance the scenic character and more efficient vehicular and pedestrian travel patterns along Little Creek Road and other highway corridors
• Improve amenities to help re-establish Wards Corner neighborhoods as among the most desirable in all of Norfolk for families of various economic means
These Principles are what the Wards Corner Partnership championed in 2003 and these same Principles are what Wards Corner Now continues to champion today.
See the Greater Wards Corner Comprehensive Plan which was adopted by City Council on November 21, 2004.