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
View WAVY.com for story.
“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
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.
Phillip A Davenport
Bayfront Advisory Commission
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.