OPCL BOD forwarded our requests to BAC Outreach Forum 2018

View the BAC ’18 Requests Page at OPCL.org.

Lynnhaven Municipal Wharf and it’s proposed uses is one of the new items we’ve added:

Request the City of Virginia Beach eliminate the proposed Dredge Material Transfer Station and expand the Lynnhaven Boat Ramp & Beach Facility (LBRBF) with additional lanes of boat and trailer parking. This would also include repairing the shoreline of the former sand storage area to assist in reducing the number of times Crab Creek has to be dredged.

    -Request a public hearing about the Lesner Municipal Wharf with The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.
    -Request a public hearing about the Lesner Municipal Wharf with Army Corp of Engineers.
    -Request the City of Virginia Beach Maintain an open dialogue with the Ocean Park Civic League of all actions, discussions and document disclosures as related to the potential uses for the Lesner Municipal Wharf.

In our opinion, a dredge material transfer station is not needed.

    • History has shown that it is less expensive for neighborhoods to create haul routes from within their own property as opposed to barging material to Lynnhaven Boat Ramp.
    • The transfer station causes potentially dangerous conflicts with the boating, fishing and recreational beach users in this area.
    • The planned overlook and “The Canoes” sculpture for the new eastbound Lesner Bridge would have an unsightly backdrop of a transfer station.
    • The Lynnhaven Boat Ramp is heavily used for recreational fishing boats and pleasure craft.

    . . .

View the BAC ’18 Requests Page at OPCL.org.

Lesner Municipal Wharf documents from our FOIA request

Lesner Municipal Wharf FOIA Details from May2018. (30 page PDF)

Documents include:

ACTION ITEMS
1. The COE and DEQ will discuss internally and advise on the appropriate permit process for the modification and extension request.
2. The City/Consultant will reconnect w/COE and DEQ the week of April 9th for direction and clarity on the process.
3. The City/Consultant will expand efforts on the permit modification/extension and incorporate COE/DEQ input, as appropriate, for the next submission.
UPDATE
Scharlene Floyd of the COE issued a permit extension on March 30, 2018 to extend the permit effective through May 13, 2022.

Proposed bubble around “Crab Creek” illustrating which neighborhoods’ dredge spoils might come from.

3600 block of Shore Drive near the intersection of Dinwiddie Road has been reduced to one lane for emergency water main repairs.

Emergency Water Main Repair Affecting Shore Drive
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
​VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (April 25, 2018) — The eastbound 3600 block of Shore Drive near the intersection of Dinwiddie Roadbca has been reduced to one lane for emergency water main repairs. Warning signs are posted advising motorists of the utility work. Motorists are strongly encouraged to seek alternative routes.

Water service has been interrupted for some customers in the immediate service area. For additional information, please contact Robert Wheeler with Virginia Beach Public Utilities at 757-621-6072.

It went out about 1255am.

Wonder what other infrastructure Phase 4 will fix under Shore Drive once started.

“The next round of improvements Virginia Beach plans to pursue along Shore Drive includes the stretch from Marlin Bay Drive to the west end of the Lesner Bridge.”

Photo Credit: Stephen M. Katz | The Virginian-Pilot

Check out Pilotonline.com article:

Further west, on the other side of the Lesner Bridge, the few sidewalks are narrow and end abruptly.

And:

The newest phase the city wants to fund is still a ways off from construction – it’s scheduled to start in 2023.

Hopefully, it can be done sooner, said Vice Mayor Louis Jones, who represents that part of the city.

City of Virginia Beach Docs about Shore Drive

Phase 4 will finish Shore Drive with contiguous sidewalks & bike lanes, crosswalks & more.

A number of official links & documents below.

Official CIP 2.118.000: Shore Drive Corridor Improvements Phase IV page.

    City District(s):Bayside

    This project begins at the Marlin Bay Drive/S[h]andy Oaks Drive intersection and ends at the west end of the Lesner Bridge. This project will improve vehicular and pedestrian traffic flow and safety in the roadway and intersections; improve storm drainage; include a multi-use trail, 5-ft sidewalk and on-street bike lanes; and enhance the corridor with aesthetic elements such as landscaping and lighting. It will include improvements at the East Stratford Road intersection. (Note: It was brought to our attention it says Sandy Oaks instead of Shady Oaks at Official CIP page linked to above.)

VBGov.com Shore Drive Topics Page.

    In 1996-97 the Virginia Beach City Council commissioned the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to do a study of the “Bayfront/Shore Drive Corridor” located in the northern section of the city along the Chesapeake Bay.

    The Bayfront (Shore Drive Corridor) Study, completed in 1997, made these broad observations. . .

Bayfront (Shore Drive Corridor) Study – October 1997

    This study had been adopted by reference as part of the Virginia Beach Comprehensive Plan and contributes to the City’s goals of attaining a quality physical environment and community for a lifetime.

Shore Drive Corridor Plan, establishing a vision for the corridor, was adopted by the City Council in March 2000 as an amendment to the city’s Comprehensive Plan.

Shore Drive Corridor Design Guidelines adopted March 2002.

    The zone suffers from the lack of a hard edge between the roadway and the areas along the roadway. Parking areas for businesses tend to blend directly into the roadway in some spots. The recommendations of the Shore Drive Transportation Study, when implemented, should resolve this problem.

Also included is:

    The Shore Drive Transportation Plan, completed in December 2001, includes short and long range recommendations for the corridor.

    The Shore Drive Landscaping Guidelines are voluntary standards for the informal and natural look appropriate to the unique natural conditions near the Chesapeake Bay.

    The Shore Drive Overlay District, adopted in fall 1998, defines the boundaries for development standards.

Shore Drive Safety Task Force recommendations unanimously adopted by City Council in 2006.

    Shore Drive Demonstration Project Phase IV is not funded at this time.
    The Task Force recommends fully funding these projects and a package of short term improvements to improve corridor safety. With or without the Shore Drive Demonstration Projects, the Task Force recommends that a separate Capital Improvement Project be established to fund the selected recommendations.

Bayfront Advisory Committee page has more information & links.

    The mission of the Bayfront Advisory Commission is to review and make recommendations to the City Council regarding public and private projects and issues associated with the Bayfront area, and projects or issues associated with the Bayfront area that the City Council may refer to the Commission.
Photo Credit: Michael Blankenship

There’s also the Shore Drive Community Coalition.

    The Coalition has been in existence since January 2001 and has four main objectives:

    1. To provide a unified “Voice” for the community that will work hand in hand with the City of Virginia Beach and the Shore Drive Advisory Committee (if in existence) to better the quality of life along the Shore Drive corridor.

    2. To provide proactive assessments and reactive solutions to civic issues concerning the entire Shore Drive neighborhood.

    3. To organize and encourage participation in an annual local event that promotes community friendship and camaraderie.

    4. To act as an effective communication tool that provides pertinent information to all of the Shore Drive corridor organizations.

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