The City of Virginia Beach enacted the Agricultural Lands Preservation Ordinance and the Virginia Beach Agricultural Reserve Program on May 9, 1995. The program was designed and promoted by a coalition of farm, conservation, business and civic interests. There was a common concern for resource and growth management as well as the preservation of agri-business and a balanced tax base. 

​The City of Virginia Beach Agricultural Advisory Commission determines the eligibility of properties offered to the program, helps set purchase priorities and advises the City Council about easement acquisitions. The commission is composed of five members appointed by City Council.

For more information on the Agriculture Reserve Program:

Julia Hillegass
ARP Coordinator
(757) 385-8697