A Call a Day Keeps the High Rise Away – Call City Council Campaign to Deny Proposed Westminster Canterbury 22 Story High Rise Development

Dear Shore Drive/Bayfront Residents,

It’s been 9 months since the community first learned of Westminster Canterbury’s plans to build the monstrous 22 story, 217 unit precedence setting high rise structure in the Bayfront neighborhood.  Next week, on Tuesday September 22nd at 6:00pm, City Council will hold the final hearing and vote on this application.  Mountains of information has been obtained by SDCC and the adjacent impacted residents.  This data be reviewed here https://weloveshoredrive.com/category/wccb/

Suffice to say, it can all come down to the votes of 7 Council Members.  With 3 of the 11 members recusing themselves due to Conflict of Interests, the remaining 8 would require a 5 to 3 vote in favor to approve the application.  A 4 to 4 tie vote fails.  So the goal to stop this proposed plan is to get 4 “NO” votes from the remaining 8 members.  One member, Mr. John Moss, has gone on public record as voting “NO”, so that leaves 7 members and the need to gain 3 “NO” votes.

With 7 days remaining until the hearing, we are asking all Bayfront Residents to call a different Council Member each day and ask them to vote “NO” to this proposed application.  Seven days and seven Council Members, pretty easy.  The list of Council Members and their contact information is provided below.

It’s pretty simple, just ask the Council Members highlighted in YELLOW below (in person if they answer or on their voicemail) to vote “NO” to the proposed WC High Rise.  Tell them the development doesn’t comply with any of the CIty’s codes, plans or guidelines and ask them to facilitate a civic discussion with the residents, developer and City Staff that can work towards a smaller and less dense compromise that isn’t precedent setting.

Here is the list of Council Members and their phone numbers.  If you don’t feel comfortable calling them, please send them an email.  You can send the entire City Council an email by using the following address, CityCouncil@vbgov.com

“It’s so tiny that it’s going to immediately diffuse into the environment. And plastics last, depending on the plastic, hundreds or thousands of years. That’s why we say it’s effectively permanent”

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“It was horrible. It was all bunched into all of the grasses, getting into the water. Just clearly a detriment to the animals around here. So, it was upsetting, to say the least.”

REWARD TO FIND PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE INFO HERE

“At our August monthly meeting of the Bayfront Advisory Commission, we discussed your upcoming consideration of the Westminster Canterbury expansion and determined it important to bring to your attention illustrations and descriptions of “Setbacks and Massing””

Letter Bayfront Advisory Committee (BAC) sent to City Council about the WCCB enormous 22 story “iconic” building proposal & campus expansion.

Dear Mayor Dyer and City Council Members,

At our August monthly meeting of the Bayfront Advisory Commission, we discussed your upcoming consideration of the Westminster Canterbury expansion and determined it important to bring to your attention illustrations and descriptions of “Setbacks and Massing” on Page 111 of the Shore Drive Corridor Plan.

Specifically, at the bottom of the page, it depicts “Encouraged” and “Not Encouraged” images of building massing and relationships.

The adjoining text states:

“Low and moderate buildings in height should be encouraged throughout the corridor. Rationale: Building in moderate height may better reflect the residential character and neighborhood scale of the corridor.”

The Shore Drive Corridor Plan was adopted by the City Council of Virginia Beach on March 28, 2000.

A copy of Page 111 of the Shore Drive Corridor Plan is attached for your reference.

Respectfully,
Phillip A Davenport
Chairman
Bayfront Advisory Commission

Emphasis ours.

Marina Shores Apartments new 60 unit expansion proposal

Here is some information regarding the proposed expansion of the Marina Shores Apartment complex.

A 60 unit building will be located where the tennis courts are now.

It will be a 65 foot, 5 story building with 4 floors of apartments over top covered parking. This building will be one story taller than all the existing buildings which have 3 floors of living space over 1 of covered parking. It also looks like this new building will be about 25 feet closer to North Great Neck Road than the closest existing building.

We’ve asked the City Planner who will be performing the traffic study for the extra car trips that will result at the intersection of Lynnhaven Drive and North Great Neck Road.

Also will this increase when added to the traffic coming from The Pearl apartments be enough to require a stop light at this intersection?

The tentative date for the Planning Commission hearing would be Wed Nov. 11th.

View 3 page PDF of proposal.

CASH REWARD TO FIND THE PEOPLE WHO TRASHED PHP

How to PLEDGE:

Visit Facebook, COMMENT at bottom, Email Tim or use Instagram below.

Previously:
Thanks to the great people who came out for LITTER REVEAL CLEANUP at PHP today!

BAYFRONT ADVISORY COMMISSION Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad 3769 E. Stratford Drive (enter on side opposite Shore Drive) September 17, 2020 2:30 pm

Agenda Thursday:

STRATEGIC PLANNING SESSION – 2:30-3:30 pm (Prioritization of items from last month’s discussion)

 

REGULAR SESSION CALL TO ORDER – 3:30 pm

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Review and Approval of Minutes from 8/20/2020

 

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

Welcome Guests and Introductions  Phil Davenport, Chair

 

STAFF REPORTS & UPDATES

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS & UPDATES

Design – Bob Magoon, Faith Christie, Joe Bovee (volunteer)

Communications  Vacant

Public Safety, Transit, Parking & Pedestrian Access – Charles Malbon

 

PROJECT BRIEFINGS/DISCUSSION ITEMS

Conditional Use Permit for 7/11 with gas pumps – 4493 Shore Drive

Discussion of short term rental districts along Shore Drive

OLD BUSINESS

COMMUNITY REPORTS & UPDATES

ADJOURN

Thanks to the great people who came out for LITTER REVEAL CLEANUP at PHP today!

It meant a lot to the people who love PHP VB Parks & Rec also sent out people to help!

Everyone agreed the people who trashed PHP should be held accountable.

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22 WONDERFUL HUMANS WHO 💚 PHP CAME OUT TO VOLUNTEER FOR LITTER REVEAL CLEANUP‼️ We apologize in advance cuz we know we’ll miss naming everyone who’s helped clean this ignorant mess up … They picked up most but not all 🤬 of the plastic garbage left behind by a photographer who trashed PHP not once but 3 TIMES ‼️ Check the drone shots for how large an area they trashed. We hope the photographer and their clients never come back. Everyone agreed they should be held accountable. DM us to help confirm who it is so they can be prosecuted. THANK YOU TO @cityofvabeach @vbparksrec for sending out help & Staff from @lrnow & @chesapeakebayfoundation + volunteers from @oceanparkcivicleague @vbschools & others for helping too ! 💚👍🏽 #leaveNOtrace #LITTERReveal #litterkills #littertortures #vbparksrec #virginiabeach #pleasurehousepoint #volunteersrock ‼️

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More photos of LITTER REVEAL CLEANUP 22 WONDERFUL HUMANS WHO 💚 PHP CAME OUT TO VOLUNTEER FOR LITTER REVEAL CLEANUP‼️ We apologize in advance cuz we know we’ll miss naming everyone who’s helped clean this ignorant mess up … They picked up most but not all 🤬 of the plastic garbage left behind by a photographer who trashed PHP not once but 3 TIMES ‼️ Check the drone shots for how large an area they trashed. We hope the photographer and their clients never come back. Everyone agreed they should be held accountable. DM us to help confirm who it is so they can be prosecuted. THANK YOU TO @cityofvabeach @vbparksrec for sending out help – Colin & Michael from Parks & Rec plus Staff from @lrnow & @chesapeakebayfoundation + volunteers from @oceanparkcivicleague @vbschools & others for helping too ! 💚👍🏽 #leaveNOtrace #LITTERReveal #litterkills #littertortures #vbparksrec #virginiabeach #pleasurehousepoint #volunteersrock ‼️

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