The Bayfont Community Needs Your Input – Four Opportunities for Your Voice to be Heard

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families. As you’re lounging around the next few days with full bellies and stretch pants, here are a few opportunities for civic engagement that can have a direct impact on our Bayfront area. The first 2 items are quick surveys you can take while traveling or laying around the house. The second 2 items are upcoming public meetings scheduled for the week after Thanksgiving. Please share this email with all those that may be interested. And again, have a safe and wonderful holiday.

Route 35 Bayfront to Oceanfront Shuttle Survey
Survey Closes – Monday Dec. 2nd

In a continuing effort to improve the 3 year old seasonal Hampton Roads Transit shuttle, SDCC needs your help. Please take a couple of minutes to take our survey at the following link. We will post the survey results and share them with the City and HRT to continue to make this service better. You’ll find the survey at
https://weloveshoredrive.com/2019/11/06/please-take-our-new-survey-about-route-35-so-we-can-help-improve-it/

Storm Water Survey for Neighborhoods Surrounding Lake Bradford/Chubb Lake
Survey Closes – Thursday Dec. 12th

Your input will greatly assist us in developing a storm water drainage improvement program that will address flooding in areas that include, but are not limited to: Bradford Acres, Chesapeake Beach, Church Point, Hermitage Elementary, Lake Shores, Northampton Boulevard, North Beach, Pleasure House Road, Shore Drive, and Thoroughgood. Click here to take the survey – https://www.publicinput.com/6003

 

Public Meeting on Planned Redevelopment of Windsong Apartments

Monday December 2nd– Bonaventure’s presentation of their proposed redevelopment of Windsong Apartments along Pleasure House Road. The public meeting will be held at Morning Star Baptist Church at 6pm. https://weloveshoredrive.com/2019/11/26/invites-went-out-to-see-what-bonaventure-is-proposing-at-windsong-in-chesapeake-beach-join-us-dec-2nd/

 

Town Hall Meetings Scheduled For City Manager Recruitment Process

Dec 2nd through Dec 5th – Town Hall meetings to ask the public for input regarding attributes for the new City Manager. Unfortunately none of the meetings are north of Virginia Beach Blvd. Click here for times and locations – https://weloveshoredrive.com/2019/11/26/town-hall-meetings-scheduled-for-city-manager-recruitment-process-dec-2nd-through-dec-5th/

Town Hall Meetings Scheduled For City Manager Recruitment Process – Dec 2nd through Dec 5th

Please Note – Unfortunately none of the planned meetings are being held north of Virginia Beach Blvd.  SDCC has asked City Council and the Search Firm to try and add a meeting in the northern part of the City where the majority of the population lives.  Stay tuned, but plan on attending one of the listed meetings just in case our request is too late.

 

Town Hall Meetings Scheduled For City Manager Recruitment Process

What qualities, background and experiences would you like to see in candidates for the Virginia Beach city manager position? The Virginia Beach City Council, along with the City’s recruitment consultant, GovHR USA, invite you to participate in a Town Hall meeting to share your thoughts as well as identify challenges and opportunities facing the City of Virginia Beach. Your opinions will be considered in the recruitment and selection process. In addition to the town hall meetings, residents will have the opportunity to participate in an online survey. It will be posted on VBGov.com during the week of December 2.

 

Town Hall Meeting Dates and Locations:

Monday, December 2, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. – Building 19, Virginia Beach Municipal Center, 2416 Courthouse Dr.
Tuesday, December 3, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon – Bow Creek Recreation Center, 3426 Club House Rd.
Wednesday, December 4, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. – Kempsville Recreation Center, 800 Monmouth Ln.
Thursday, December 5, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. – Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, 717 General Booth Blvd.

The actual article can be found on the City’s website at the following link – https://www.vbgov.com/news/pages/selected.aspx?release=4582&title=town+hall+meetings+scheduled+for+city+manager+recruitment+process

 

SDCC General Meeting Agenda – Monday Nov. 25th at 7:30pm

Click here for a printable version of the agenda 11.25.19 SDCC Agenda

SDCC General Meeting Agenda
Monday November 25, 2019 from 7:30 to 9:00pm
Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad Hall – 3769 East Stratford Rd
(parking in back, on side streets and across Shore Drive)

Special Presentation – None

Officer’s Reports

Secretary – Kathleen Damon
Treasurer’s Report –Tim Solanic
Vice President – Empsy Munden
President – Todd Solomon

Old Business-
Route 35 Bayfront to Oceanfront Shuttle – SDCC has created a survey to collect feedback on the good and bad of the route. The survey results will be consolidated, posted on our website and shared with City Staff and HRT reps. The survey will be open until Nov. 30th. https://sdcc.survey.fm/sdcc-route-35-nov-19-survey

Electric Scooters – The City Code was amended by City Council to require e-scooter companies to have a franchise license with the City to rent e-scooters in Virginia Beach. The effective date of the ordinance is 12/16/19, which means e-scooters will not be available from that date until City Council awards a franchise license to companies to rent them. That timeframe is anticipated to be by April 2020.

Lake Bradford/Chubb Lake Stormwater Improvement Meeting – The City’s Public Works held a public information session and presented background and initial improvement plans. Tidal gates, pump stations and channel improvements were shown. Residents asked for lake dredging. The presentation can be found here https://weloveshoredrive.com/2019/11/18/lake-bradford-chubb-lake-drainage-study-november-2019-cip-7-053-presentation-from-open-house-and-survey-due-dec-12/

New Business –
Shore Drive Improvements Phase 3 and Phase 4 – With the construction start date for Phase 3 moved to summer 2021, it may be possible to pursue an accelerated start date for Phase 4 which isn’t scheduled to begin until 2024. A cost of scope savings may be possible if construction projects are combined.

Bonaventure/Windsong Development – The developer pulled the application from the Planning Commission’s December 11th meeting. It is unclear if and when the developer will reapply.

Oceanfront TGIF Funding – Taxes collected from hotel rooms, meals and cigarettes goes into a fund for oceanfront projects. Should the portions paid by Shore Drive be used for projects in the Bayfront and what are some good ideas for projects that could use these funds.

Shore Drive Community Coalition Future Structure – A new URL [website] http://www.WeLoveShoreDrive.com has been created to be a possible transition for the future. A list of ideas will be shared and discussed on how best to progress with a community organization next year. After 20 years, are monthly meetings necessary? Would once a year with the ability to set up emergency forums work? Will an online presence be acceptable to keep residents informed and what tools would be helpful?

Community Concerns– Please share any issues or concerns your groups/organizations may have at this time.

*** Next SDCC Meeting – Should we have a meeting in December or break for holidays?***

All eScooters to be Removed from City After Dec. 16, 2019

With the City’s amended ordinance, eScooter companies will have to remove scooter after 12/16/19 until Spring 2020.  See information from City’s website below.  Also check out the survey results and the over 2400 comments received from residents regarding eScooters and their use in Virginia Beach.

Important: Effective 12/16/19
The City Code was amended by City Council to require e-scooter companies to have a franchise license with the City to rent e-scooters in Virginia Beach.
The effective date of the ordinance is 12/16/19, which means e-scooters will not be available from that date until City Council awards a ​franchise license to companies to rent them. That timeframe is anticipated to be by April 2020.
The goal with the new requirements is to create a safer environment for all, while allowing businesses to provide additional mobility options to get around.  

eScooter information page – https://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/communications-office/hot-topics/Pages/E-Scooter-Guidelines.aspx

eScooter Survey Results link – https://publicinput.com/E-Scooters

 

 

SDCC General Meeting Agenda – Monday Oct 28th at 7:30pm

Click here for a printable version of the agenda – 10.28.19 SDCC Agenda

SDCC General Meeting Agenda
Monday October 28, 2019 from 7:30 to 9:00pm
Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad Hall – 3769 East Stratford Rd
(parking in back, on side streets and across Shore Drive)

Special Presentation – None

Officer’s Reports

Secretary – Kathleen Damon
Treasurer’s Report –Tim Solanic
Vice President – Empsy Munden
President – Todd Solomon

Old Business-
Route 35 Bayfront to Oceanfront Shuttle – Final ridership numbers showed an average increase of 15% for 2019 over last year. The numbers for 2019 should be leveling off and what can be expected as normal from now on without promotion. This route seems to be a good one and City council would be smart to continue it’s funding for future operation.

Tidal Sluice Gates Automatic Operation Broken – The tidal sluice gates near Citrus and Food Lion have had their automatic operation fixed. Parts are on order for the gate near First Landing Lane. It will be operated manually until fixed. Call Public Work Operations at 385-1470 during a storm event if these gates aren’t working or appear damaged.

Electric Scooters – City Council received position statements from BAC and SDCC requesting eScooter usage be prohibited in the Shore Drive Overlay District. City Council held an informal briefing on Oct 15th to discuss eScooters and how they should be regulated within the entire city. No decision has been made at this time, but staff wants regulations in place by the end of 2019. The Council meeting can be viewed at our website.

Ocean Park Beach Sand Replenishment –The Army Corps of Engineers permit change is now closed. The City will be soliciting bids for the project with a planned construction start set for early 2020.

New Business
Bonaventure/Windsong Development – The proposed development is scheduled to go before the Planning Commission on Wednesday December 11th at noon. Chesapeake Beach is still in opposition to the 50% increase in density and the adverse impact it will have on traffic along Pleasure House Road.

Shore Drive Improvements Phase 3 – Great Neck to Lesner Bridge – We learned from Public Works Director, Mark Johnson, that this project has been delayed for another year and a half and is now scheduled to start Summer 2021. The delay is due to site acquisition and Dominion Power issues.

Lake Bradford/Chubb Lake Stormwater Improvement Meeting – The City’s Public Works will hold a public information meeting on Thursday November 14th from 6pm to 7:30pm at the Bayside Rec Center (4500 First Court Rd). If your neighborhood drains into Lake Bradford, Chubb Lake and even Lake Joyce, this is a must attend meeting to see how changes may impact your area.

Community Concerns– Please share any issues or concerns your groups/organizations may have at this time.

Civic Engagement Opportunities
• Comprehensive Plan Survey now live – https://www.publicinput.com/VBCompPlan
• ELECTION DAY – TUESDAY NOVEMBER 5th – REMEMBER TO GET OUT AND VOTE

***Next SDCC Meeting – Monday November 25, 2019***

 

FEMA/HUD Community Rating System (CRS) City Mailer

As part of the CRS requirement, the City of Virginia Beach must provide the community with information and updates for the FEMA/HUD program.  If you live in a designated flood zone, you should have received the following notice.  It provides good information and links to other sites that are very helpful.  One of the biggest changes you should already be seeing is the 15% discount in your flood insurance premiums.  As the City continues to do more regarding flooding and storm water improvements, this discount should also increase to 20% and maybe even 25% over the next several years.

City Council Briefed on Proposed eScooter Regulations

City Council was briefed by Brian Solis at their Tuesday Oct 15th informal session on proposed regulations regarding operation of eScooters throughout the City.  The SDCC and the BAC both sent position statements to the City Council recommending eScooters be prohibited from use in the Shore Drive Overlay District.

Below is a link to an article in the Virginian-Pilot and a link to the video of the briefing at the Council’s informal session.

  • “Brian Solis, assistant to the city manager, will present a proposal to council members on Tuesday that would cap the number of scooters at 1,000. Technology that automatically slows them down in prohibited areas is being considered for new spots, including along Shore Drive.” – click here to read the entire article by Stacy Parker