Shaping Our Shores

Master Plan Update Approved

The Shaping Our Shores (SOS) Master Plan was adopted and implemented in 2009 to guide the revitalization of three of James City County’s waterfront park facilities–Chickahominy Riverfront Park, Jamestown Beach Event Park and the James City County Marina. The 2019 Master Plan update process was undertaken to ensure we continue to comply with County planning and environmental requirements, address community needs, enhance revenue opportunities and complement existing infrastructure and the surrounding community.

The Master Plan received unanimous approval by the James City County Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee, the Planning Commission, and was adopted by the Board of Supervisors in July 2020. The plan was crafted from extensive input including two public meetings in November 2019, paper and online surveys as well as citizens, businesses and the County offices of Economic Development and Parks & Recreation. Please see the Approved Maps for each park for details of potential improvements – Chickahominy Riverfront Park Map Approved Planning, Jamestown Beach Event Park Map Approved Planning and James City County Marina Map Approved Planning.

The SOS Master Plan update will provide staff, elected officials and citizens with a valuable planning tool to guide the development of waterfront park facilities over the next 10 years and beyond. Improvements will be completed based on community and citizen needs, available funding and must be included in the County’s Five Year Capital Improvement Plan and approved annually as part of the James City County budget process.