“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.

“Dyer encourages people to come out to the Planning Commission public hearings to have their voice be heard.“We made a commitment, we intend to honor that commitment,” Dyer said.”

Coverage at WAVY.com.

In September, City Council unanimously approved a resolution saying they would make the change within three weeks if voters approved of the city raising real estate taxes to borrow $567.5 million to fund 21 flood protection projects. The referendum passed by nearly 73%.

Public Works to Hold Public Meeting Updates on Lake Bradford – Chubb Lake Projects Weds Nov 10 6p-730p Bayside Rec Center

From NEWS RELEASE:

The Virginia Beach Public Works – Stormwater Engineering program has scheduled a public meeting for the Lake Bradford / Chubb Lake (CIP 7-053) project on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Bayside Recreation Center. The center is located at 4500 First Court Road.

This will be an informal public meeting, beginning with a 30-minute update presentation on the Lake Bradford/Chubb Lake Drainage Study, as well as introduce the upcoming Lake Pleasure House Outfall and Lake Bradford Dredging construction projects.

Representatives from Public Works will be available to answer questions following the presentation.

We will also ask the attendees to complete an online survey to provide feedback on the presentation, as well as any comments or concerns.

Please go to our website at www.vbgov.com/lakebradford for more information or contact us at lakebradford@vbgov.com.