​City Manager Patrick Duhaney has declared a local state of emergency in preparation for the storm. “The Aug. 4 City Council meeting – items that were to be considered will be rescheduled for Council meetings on Aug. 18 or 25.”

Virginia Beach Prepares for Arrival of Tropical Storm Isaias Local Emergency Declared in Virginia Beach at VBGov.com:

Due to expected high winds, rain and possible flooding from Tropical Storm Isaias, all City buildings and facilities will be closed Tuesday, Aug. 4. 

Closings & Cancellations for Tuesday, Aug. 4

  • The Aug. 4 City Council meeting – items that were to be considered will be rescheduled for Council meetings on Aug. 18 or 25. 
  • Recreation centers and Parks & Recreation summer childcare programs
  • Libraries
  • Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center and Boat Tours.

Waste Collection Suspended on Tuesday
All trash, recycling, bulky item and yard debris collections are suspended. Collections will resume on a sliding schedule: Tuesday routes will be collected Wednesday, Wednesday routes on Thursday, Thursday on Friday, and Friday routes on Saturday, Aug. 8.

 

Our understanding is WCCB is now scheduled for August 25th.

From: Paige T. McGraw
Sent: Monday, August 3, 2020 2:15 PM
To: Todd Solomon
Subject: RE: August 4th City Council Hearing – Westminster Canterbury Expansion Item

Todd,

The meeting tomorrow will be cancelled. The Westminster item will be heard on the 25th. Do you want to stay signed up?

Sincerely,

Paige McGraw

City of Virginia Beach | Deputy City Clerk

2401 Courthouse Drive | Bldg. 1, Rm. 281 | Va. Beach, VA 23456

| 757.385.4303 |

“Subsequent to the Planning Commission Public Hearing The Applicant has provided Staff with a New submittal…” ~ Planning Director July 28 2020

Is it more appropriate to DEFER the Public Hearing scheduled for City Council Meeting August 4th 2020 to allow the City to hold the necessary public forum and reach an acceptable compromise rather than try to work a solution during a Public Hearing that also includes very real health risks for its participants considering:

  • The unknown recent changes
  • Large opposition to publicly seen proposed development
  • 3 Councilpersons needing to recuse themselves
  • Inconsistencies throughout the entire process to date
  • The complexity of the precedent setting “iconic building” WCCB will have in the Shore Drive Community for decades
  • Recent FOIA documents available below.
    Note: Attachments mentioned in many emails were not included for the public to view.

    R-F008829_-_Bloom

    R-F008829-072120_-_Mayors_Office_Responsive_Documents

    R-FOIA_F008829_Leahy_E-mail

    R-WC_FOIA

    Affects of the Westminster-Canterbury Expansion

    Re Westminster Canterbury potential expansion

    RE Westminster Canterbury Expansion concern

    RE Shore Drive Community Coalition Position Statement – Westminster Canterbury Expansion

    Westminster Canterbury Expansion concern

    Shore Drive Communtiy Coaltion Position Statement – Westminster Canterbury Expansion

    “We have 2 presentations coming up now because of the complexity . . .” ~ Mayor Dyer July 28th 2020

    It seems everyone understands how complex the proposed development is. What’s the rush to attempt to push it through with incomplete information & lack of public input on an unseen “new submittal”.

    Time To Take Action! The City Council will now be addressing the Westminster Canterbury expansion on August 4th, 2020.

    From the organized group in opposition to the WCCB Proposed Expansion, which if approved, will set a negative precedent in Shore Drive Community for the foreseeable future.

    Time To Take Action

    The City Council will now be addressing the Westminster Canterbury expansion on August 4th, 2020. As of now it looks like the meeting will be at The Virginia Beach Convention Center, but we do not have specifics as of yet. Please take the time to write and call all of the City Council members below and express the following.

    Let them know they are not making a smart decision by having a meeting of 200 to 250 seniors in one room to discuss such an important issue even with social distancing.

    Please let them know your concerns even if it means just sending the same or a similar letter that you sent the last time.

    We understand that phone calls are even more impactful than emails so please feel free to call the City Council members to voice your concern.

    Finally, we would like to suggest that you contact Governor Ralph Northam and encourage him to contact The Virginia Beach City Council and ask them to postpone such an important meeting and not risk the health of seniors that wish to voice their opinions about the Westminster Canterbury expansion plans.

    Please use the emails, links and phone numbers below to contact our representatives.

    Governor Ralph Northam https://solutions.virginia.gov/communityrelations2018/form/email
    or call him at (804) 786-2211.

    EMAIL MAYOR & CITY COUNCIL HERE

    Use email below to communicate directly with individual Councilmembers & Mayor.

    Robert M. “Bobby” Dyer – Mayor – bdyer@vbgov.com                       (757) 385-4581

    James Wood – Vice Mayor/Council Member – jlwood@vbgov.com       (757) 366-1011
    Jessica Abbott – Council Member – Jabbott@vbgov.com.                    (757) 344-3407
    Michael Berlucchi – Council Member – mberlucc@vbgov.com               (757) 407-5105
    Barbara Henley – Council Member – bhenley@vbgov.com                   (757) 426-7501
    Louis Jones – Council Member – Lrjones@vbgov.com                         (757) 583-0177
    John Moss – Council Member – jdmoss@vbgov.com                           (757) 264-9162
    Aaron Rouse – Council Member – arouse@vbgov.com                         (757) 319-1398
    Guy King Tower – Council Member – gtower@vbgov.com                    (757) 600-4567
    Rosemary Wilson – Council Member – rcwilson@vbgov.com                (757) 422-0733
    Sabrina Wooten – Council Member – Swooten@vbgov.com                 (757) 797-5625

    “None of this would be necessary if people just did the right thing.”

    Note: We apologize for the inconvenience. We weren’t able to share video at the point presentation started. Scrub to 8:20 for beginning.

    Update from Governor.Virginia.gov:

    July 14, 2020—Governor Northam stepped up enforcement of guidelines and restrictions as cases in the Hampton Roads area show a troubling increase.

    According to local health officials, the rise in cases in the region is driven partly by people gathering in groups, often without wearing face coverings.

    To increase enforcement of existing restrictions in restaurants and other places where people gather, Governor Northam is directing teams made up of members from the health departments, the Virginia ABC, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and other licensing agencies, to conduct unannounced visits to establishments as needed.

    Governor Northam is also asking mayors of beach towns for an update on how they are following through on beach access plans put forth in May, and has directed Virginia ABC to develop a plan to impose an earlier cutoff for alcohol sales at restaurants.

    Governor Northam will consider additional actions as needed.

    Emphasis ours.

    There is a lot more data broken down into deeper detail at Official Virginia Department of Health Coronavirus website.

    As example:

    Visit VDH.Virginia.gov/coronavirus for a lot more Daily Dashboard, Virginia’s Key COVID19 Measures, COVID19 Data Insights, Resources and much more.

    CITY COUNCIL SETS SPECIAL ELECTRONIC MEETING TO DISCUSS TAX DEFERRALS; SUSPENSION OF THE MEAL TAX; REDUCTION OF PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX RATE; EXPENDITURE REDUCTIONS AND MORE RELATED TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC

    Latest update from VBGov.com Emergency Coronavirus page:

    April 3, 2020

    The City Council will hold a “Special Meeting by Electronic Communications Means” on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 3 p.m. to discuss tax deferrals; suspension of the meal tax; reduction of personal property tax rate; and areas for expenditure reductions necessitated by the pandemic. The City Council will also provide guidance to staff for preparation of any necessary resolutions or ordinances for Council’s consideration at a subsequent City Council Special Session.

    Following the discussion, the City Council may consider the adoption of an item to address tax relief necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic in the form of an ordinance to suspend provisions of the City Code regarding penalties and interest upon certain local taxes during the pandemic, which is sponsored by Council Member John Moss.

    While citizen comments will not be heard during this meeting, citizens are encouraged to submit comments to the City Council prior to the special meeting via email at CityCouncil@vbgov.com. The current Council agenda can be viewed online at VBgov.com.

    The City Council will not be at City Hall (Building 1), which will remain closed to the public. The meeting can be viewed live on VBTV (Cox channel 48 & Verizon channel 45), online at VBgov.com/media and on Facebook.com/CityofVaBeach.

    For the latest information, please visit emergency.vbgov.com/coronavirus and follow us on facebook.com/CityofVaBeach, twitter.com/CityofVaBeach and instagram.com/cityofvabeach.

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    Governor Northam Issues Statewide Stay at Home Order

    Commonwealth of Virginia
    Office of Governor Ralph S. Northam
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE · March 30, 2020
    Office of the Governor
    Governor Northam Issues Statewide
    Stay at Home Order
    RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today issued a statewide Stay at Home order to protect the health and safety of Virginians and mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. The executive order takes effect immediately and will remain in place until June 10, 2020, unless amended or rescinded by a further executive order.
    The order directs all Virginians to stay home except in extremely limited circumstances. Individuals may leave their residence for allowable travel, including to seek medical attention, work, care for family or household members, obtain goods and services like groceries, prescriptions, and others as outlined in Executive Order Fifty-Three, and engage in outdoor activity with strict social distancing requirements.
    The executive order also directs all Virginia institutions of higher education to stop in-person classes and instruction. Private campgrounds must close for short-term stays, and beaches will be closed statewide except for fishing and exercise.
    “We are in a public health crisis, and we need everyone to take this seriously and act responsibly,” said Governor Northam. “Our message to Virginians is clear: stay home. We know this virus spreads primarily through human-to-human contact, and that’s why it’s so important that people follow this order and practice social distancing. I’m deeply grateful to everyone for their cooperation during this unprecedented and difficult time.”
    The full text of Executive Order Fifty-Five can be found here.
    Last week, Governor Northam issued Executive Order Fifty-Three closing certain non-essential businesses, prohibiting public gatherings of more than 10 people, and directing all K-12 schools to remain closed for the rest of the academic year. A Frequently Asked Questions guide about Executive Order Fifty-Three can be found here.
    For the latest information about the COVID-19 outbreak, visit virginia.gov/coronavirusor CDC.gov/coronavirus.

    City Council Sets Special Electronic Meeting to Consider Continuity and Policy, and Discuss Tax Relief Related to COVID-19 Pandemic

    The City Council will hold a “Special Meeting by Electronic Communications Means” on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 6 p.m. to consider four items to address the COVID-19 pandemic emergency; and to discuss tax relief necessitated by the pandemic.

    People wanting to comment should follow a two-step registration process:

    1. Register at https://vbgov.webex.com/vbgov/onstage/g.php?MTID=e871f2421f8196abfb20bee4e6e94208f

    2. Register with the City Clerk’s Office by calling (757) 385-4303or via email at ABarnes@vbgov.com prior to 5:30 p.m. on March 31, 2020.