Give Your Input for the City’s Comprehensive Plan Update by September 1

How can I give my input?

Go to Public Input.com/Virginia Beach

What is the Comprehensive Plan?

Virginia Code requires all localities to prepare a Comprehensive Plan which is meant to establish guidelines that address the community’s future plan for transportation, public and private development, housing, parks, historical areas, urban renewal, etc. Virginia.gov/vacode/title15.2/chapter22/section15.2-2223. The plan must be reviewed every five years to determine if it is advisable to amend the plan. Virginia.gov/vacode/title15.2/chapter22/section15.2-2230.

The current Comprehensive Plan for the City of Virginia Beach: vbgov Comprehensive Plan Document

Why is the Comprehensive Plan important?

The City Council lays out specific goals for each area of the city in the Comprehensive Plan and it guides investment and development in the city. “All Capital Improvements Program (CIP) projects and new land development projects are evaluated for consistency with the Comprehensive Plan.” It is essentially an agreement between the city government and the stakeholders about what direction the city will move toward in many areas.

Who are the stakeholders?

They are many. One group of stakeholders is the Ocean Park community and all residents of the city.

What does the Comprehensive Plan have to say about Shore Drive and Ocean Park?

For example:  In the Suburban Focus area section that deals with Shore Dr., the City Council sets forth Guiding Planning Principles to achieve  a stated goal of Great Neighborhoods. “to support those neighborhoods with complementary non-residential uses in such a way that working together the stability and sustainability of the Suburban Area is ensured for now and the future.” ( page 1-60) 

For example: New residential development on larger parcels “should be consistent with the character of any residential uses in the surrounding area, as well as consistent with the guiding planning principles for the Suburban Area.” “Residential density in the Suburban Area should be low to medium where the surrounding land use patterns and densities are appropriate for such. Higher densities are appropriate for development in the Urban Areas.”  (page 1-62)

Here is one avenue to providing your input for the Comprehensive Plan https://publicinput.com/virginiabeach

As always questions and comments (and input!) are welcome! president@opcl.org

Ocean Park Civic League Meeting Highlights

On Thursday, August 4th the Ocean Park Civic League held its monthly meeting at the Brock Center. School Board Candidate for District 9 Erika Guess introduced herself and answered questions from the audience. Second up, City Council candidate for District 9 Joash Schulman also talked about his background and answered questions. Dan Adams, Senior P.E. Coastal Program manager for COVB, was the third speaker for the evening. He described the history and use of the Lynnhaven Transfer Station and explained the future use that is being contemplated by the city: Presentation: Lynnhaven Transfer Station Private Use Ordinance by Dan Adams

Regular business of the civic league was conducted after the speakers. Treasurer Blake Norris noted that while we have had a strong showing in dues collection this year, we are still below what we need to take in after the very well received and attended Spring Fling and looking forward to our Fall Fest. If you live in Ocean Park, please consider supporting the Ocean Park Civic League through a $20 annual membership. Join or renew for 2022 here: opcl.org-aboutopcl-joinopcl!

Full Minutes of the August 4th meeting : August General Meeting Minutes .

At the September 15th monthly meeting, City Council Candidate TJ Morgan will be a guest. City Councilman John Moss, incumbent for District 9 and School Board incumbent for District 9 Carolyn Weems have been invited to the October 6th Ocean Park Civic League meeting.

If you live in Ocean Park-Please Join Your Neighbors and Be a Civic League Supporter! $20 annually for household!

Become a member of the Civic League Today!

Ocean Park lies within the water boundaries of the Lynnhaven Inlet, Crab Creek, the Chesapeake Bay and Pleasure House Creek; and no farther west than Sunvista Drive. If you are a resident or property owner in Ocean Park please consider supporting the Ocean Park Civic League with your $20 membership. Join OPCL today-only $20 per household! We have more than 1300 households in Ocean Park and so far we have 263 paid members for 2022. We hope more neighbors will support the Civic League! Thank you to all who have paid their 2022 membership !!

What does your membership pay for? The civic league budget pays for the costs of getting information out – website costs, email blast Mailchimp services, snail mail post office box, IT services. We make contributions to Lynnhaven River Now, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and we give a four year $1000 college scholarship every year. With your membership you will also have free entry for your household to our Fall Fest and Spring Fling– a great opportunity to meet your neighbors! Please help support your neighborhood civic league!! If you are new to the Ocean Park neighborhood- welcome! We look forward to getting to know you!

Please consider joining OPCL- just $20 for an annual membership : opcl.org/aboutopcl/joinopcl/. If you have been a member in the past- please renew your membership! A look at recent events shows how important the civic league is for preserving what we love about our community: a-year-in-ocean-park

BAC Recommended Approval for the Proposed Ordinance Change for Lynnhaven Transfer Station in Ocean Park

The Bayfront Advisory Commission recommended approval for a proposed ordinance which would allow individual property owners to make agreements with the city to use the city-owned Lynnhaven Wharf/Boat Ramp @Lesner Bridge for private dredging projects. A brief presentation by Dan Adams was followed by a brief discussion at the Thursday, July 21st BAC meeting. The proposed change will go before the City Council for final approval.

Ocean Park Beach: A Whole New Look!

The beach access at 3888 Jefferson Blvd. has just been closed to the public for safety reasons associated with the stormwater outfall. Public Works Operations placed two reflective barrels and caution tape at the street entrance of the access. The City is working diligently to resolve the issue with the stormwater pipe outfall at the access. .

Next steps in the project are planting beach grass on the dunes and sand fences. Mr. White says: “We are outside of the American Beach Grass planting season (December through March).  The plan is to contract out the planting and install the sand fence during the winter 2023 planting season.” 

It’s been fascinating to watch this huge project unfold!

What’s the Story with Golf Carts in Ocean Park?

Some reminders about “golf carts” in our community. Although some communities in the area are designated golf cart communities, Ocean Park is not a designated or approved golf cart community. Because of this, to drive lawfully on the streets of Ocean Park vehicles must be street-legal electric vehicles as defined by state and city law. This means they must have all the vehicular requirements, be titled, registered with low-speed license plates from DMV and covered by minimum insurance requirements. They may only be operated by drivers with a valid license or learner’s permit and the driver must follow all the same rules of the road as a normal vehicle. (Virginia Beach Codes of Ordinance: Sec. 7: 65-68 ).

No motorized vehicles are allowed to drive on the beach except by specific written permission of the City Manager. A handicap placard from a car is NOT transferrable to allow driving on the beach. Virginia Beach Codes of Ordinance: Sec. 6-12.

If you live in Ocean Park-Please Join Your Neighbors and Be a Civic League Supporter! $20 annually for household!

Ocean Park lies within the water boundaries of the Lynnhaven Inlet, Crab Creek, the Chesapeake Bay and Pleasure House Creek; and no farther west than Sunvista Drive. If you are a resident or property owner in Ocean Park please consider supporting the Ocean Park Civic League with your $20 membership. Join OPCL today-only $20 per household! We have more than 1300 households in Ocean Park and so far we have 263 paid members for 2022. We hope more neighbors will support the Civic League! Thank you to all who have paid their 2022 membership !!

What does your membership pay for? The civic league budget pays for the costs of getting information out – website costs, email blast Mailchimp services, snail mail post office box, IT services. We make contributions to Lynnhaven River Now, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and we give a four year $1000 college scholarship every year. With your membership you will also have free entry for your household to our Fall Fest (October 15th this year!) and Spring Fling– a great opportunity to meet your neighbors! Please help support your neighborhood civic league!! If you are new to the Ocean Park neighborhood- welcome! We look forward to getting to know you!

Please consider joining OPCL- just $20 for an annual membership : opcl.org/aboutopcl/joinopcl/. If you have been a member in the past- please renew your membership! A look at recent events shows how important the civic league is for preserving what we love about our community: a-year-in-ocean-park

Thank you All!

The fireworks show was a great success this year overcoming a barrage of obstacles that almost prevented it. Thanks to our neighbor, Jill Doczi, for her unrelenting efforts to secure all the moving parts with the help of the city Special Events Dept. (caveat: We get NO funding from the city). Thank you to president Danny Murphy for his proactive work in bringing together the city police and the city public works department so we would have the best information about the impact of the sand project and a safe weekend. Thank you to Captain Wilkerson, 3rd Precinct; Jim White, Coastal Sec. Public Works COVB, and City Councilman John Moss for their efforts to ensure a safe, enjoyable holiday for our community!

Big shout out to all the wonderful people who helped get the word out with the fireworks donation envelopes! Thank you to Jill Doczi-fearless leader and her kids. And to Linda Kester, Mark Gorsuch (great rubber band innovation-none of those blew away!) , Tina Morey, Kim Vap, Deborah Cohen, Mari-Ann Messick, Shane Abell, Jill Speasmaker, Jennifer Jackson, Joanne Parker, Margaret Inge, Janine Cardone, Alice and Tom Leggett, William Savoy, Tim Lindemann, Jill Broome and John and Angie Murray from Bucketheads( in the rain)!

If you loved the fireworks and are grateful to have such a beautiful show right in our neighborhood, but didn’t get to donate yet, your donation would still be very much appreciated! We are working on the deposit for next year! All monies collected go only toward fireworks! opcl.org/aboutopcl/fireworks.

Questions and comments are always welcome! Contact us at: president@opcl.org or communication@opcl.org

Condolences

On behalf of the community, president Danny Murphy responds to the tragedies this past weekend: “There are no words that can properly express the deep sorrow about the weekend drownings of a 12-year-old boy and a 44-year-old Virginia Beach man. We were very stunned by the news and still can’t believe that it really happened on our bayfront beaches. During this difficult moment, our thoughts and prayers are with all the families, friends and grieved community members. “As you comprehend this profound loss, let yourself cry knowing each tear is a note of love rising to the heavens.”

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