Council Adopts FY2022-23 Budget

From City Page at VBGov.com.

FY2022-23 budget has no increases to the solid waste fee, water service charges, sewer charges, stormwater charges, and avoids a real estate tax rate increase.

With the exception of a few fee increases for permits within the department of Planning and Community Development, the FY2022-23 budget and Capital Improvement Program (CIP) are supported through natural growth in citywide revenues. Below are some of the key elements in the upcoming budget.

FINAL Reminder Eastern Shore Drive Drainage Improvements – Public Information Meeting May 11th – 6-8pm – Bayside Recreation Center

Update about meeting!

Press release about meeting.

Eastern Shore Drive Drainage Improvements page.

“Definitely happening in May extending into June”

About Ocean Park beach being “truly restored” like Chix Beach was:

“This is a substantial volume of sand.”

Watch discussion by Jim White & Dan Adams with Prez of OPCL.

About “truly restored” vs “placement sites” for beach nourishment:

“Then we’re going to turn our sights on Cape Henry Beaches.”

About the pile of sand at Lynnhaven Boat Ramp:

“We plan on doing a truck haul, & place that material between Page Avenue & the gazebo at Duck Inn.”

About volume of sand:

“Truly restored” Ocean Park beach is getting ~ 400,000 cubic yards, LBR holds ~ 60,000 cubic yards, when Lynnhaven Inlet is dredged – happening soon – that yields ~ 100,000 cubic yards.

More info here.

BAC Agenda for April 21 ‘22 330pm at OPVRS

See ya there!

From Mark:


BAYFRONT ADVISORY COMMISSION

Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad

  3769 E. Stratford Drive 

(enter on side opposite Shore Drive)

April 21, 2022

CALL TO ORDER – 3:30 pm

There’ll be an update.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Review and Approval of Minutes from 3/17/22

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

Welcome Guests and Introductions – Phil Davenport, Chair

STAFF REPORTS & UPDATES

​Eastern Shore Drainage Lynnhaven Colony Pump Station

Open Space Program

64th Street Oyster Project (tentative)

COMMITTEE REPORTS & UPDATES

Design – Bob Magoon

Communications – Vacant

​Public Safety, Transit, Parking & Pedestrian Access – Martin Thomas

PRESENTATIONS/COMMISSION ITEMS

OLD BUSINESS

NEW BUSINESS

COMMUNITY REPORTS & UPDATES

ADJOURN

“UPDATE FOR CXB ON LITIGATION CHALLENGING CITY COUNCIL APPROVAL OF REZONING AND REDEVELOPMENT OF WINDSONG APARTMENT SITE ALONG PLEASURE HOUSE ROAD”

MARCH 21, 2022

On January 19, 2021, over objections of our Civic League, City Council approved (7 to 3) Collier’s application to rezone the 15-acre Windsong Site, and to redevelop it increasing the number of residential units there from 272 to 411, a 51% increase, decreasing the amount of land capable to absorbing stormwater, providing fewer parking spaces than standard zoning rules require, permitting construction of two 4-story apartment buildings 10 feet from Northampton Boulevard, and one 3-story apartment building 5 feet from Pleasure House Road.

Approval was made with scant consideration as to whether the approved redevelopment would urbanize and transform the character of our long-established community, impair the efficacy and safety of our roadways, and cause stormwater runoff damage to our roads and our residences.

In February 2021, about 40 of us filed an action in Circuit Court seeking to have approval of the Windsong Site rezoning and redevelopment plan declared unlawful. We contended that approval violated specific provisions of the Virginia Beach Zoning Ordinance and its Comprehensive Plan.

The City Council and Collier challenged our right to judicial review.

On August 5, 2021, without any explanation, Circuit Court dismissed our action denying us access to judicial review of City Council’s approval.

On December 13, 2021, we filed our petition for appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court, asking the state Supreme Court to permit us to appeal.

The City Council and Collier challenged our right to judicial review.

On August 5, 2021, without any explanation, Circuit Court dismissed our action denying us access to judicial review of City Council’s approval.

On December 13, 2021, we filed our petition for appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court, asking the state Supreme Court to permit us to appeal.

On March 9, 2022, the Supreme Court scheduled a 10-minute period after 9 a.m. during the morning of April 5, 2022, for us to make oral argument in Richmond to support our petition. George Squires will argue. Although they prohibit the in-person attendance of observers, except attorneys for City Council and Collier, they permit anyone to hear a live feed of the argument by using the following link:

http://www.vacourts.gov/courts/scv/home.html

“The City of Virginia Beach (City) is embarking upon an accelerated Flood Protection Program (FPP) as approved by voters in the November 2021 Bond Referendum. Jacobs has been working with City staff to develop an Implementation Plan that completes the projects within ten years. While developing the Implementation Plan, the following implementation activities and strategies were undertaken:”

Highly recommended reading for FPP (Flood Protection Program) geeks.

FPP Governance Team: The City Manager created an internal team that is working together to: 1) ensure the FPP is successfully delivered, 2) meet City Council and stakeholder expectations, and 3) coordinate with all City departments to work cohesively toward the common goal of delivering the program on schedule and in budget. The FPP Governance Team integrates all program activities, and as such is comprised of leadership from Public Works, including the Director, the City Engineer and the Stormwater Engineering Center; Finance; Budget; Purchasing; Communications, and the Office of Performance Accountability. The City Manager leads the group, which meets monthly to resolve issues, make decisions, and provide feedback and direction related to the FPP.

Process Improvements: Assistance and support is required from multiple City Departments to successfully implement the FPP. It is important to identify opportunities to improve internal processes necessary to implement the FPP. Working groups were established to identify gaps, improvements, and enhancements related to project management, real estate, master schedule, and strategic communications. The preliminary findings and initial recommendations from the working groups are summarized in Section 2 of this white paper and provide valuable input to our implementation plan and final report.

Thanks to Councilman Moss for forwarding a copy to us so quickly!

Note: More info to follow about FPP on this website soon.