As the initial step toward the revitalization of the public dock and waterfront area of Yorktown, the County of York retained VHB/Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. to provide design and permitting services for a comprehensive shoreline stabilization plan and to assist in wharf siting/permit issues. The primary goals of the project were to provide a recreational beach and to protect Water Street from storm damage.
VHB conducted a detailed assessment of the waterfront area and designed a headland breakwater system coupled with beach nourishment and vegetation plantings. In planning and implementing the project, VHB worked closely with the county General Service, Environmental, and Recreational Departments to develop a plan that was acceptable to all parties.
VHB was responsible for permitting the phased project through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the York County Wetlands Board, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC), and the National Park Services. An important aspect of the approval of the permits was the resolution of concerns for historic resources in the project area. To that end, VHB coordinated with the Virginia Historic Landmarks Department and the Federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation to satisfy their concerns on any potential impact to resources of significant historic importance in the area. Final plans and specifications were also developed by VHB through close coordination with county staff.
To date, VHB has assisted the county with three separate project phases, with a fourth phase in the planning stage. VHB has also successfully secured $250,000 in construction funds from the Virginia Public Beach Board.