PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR ACOE RE: WHARF AT LBR ENDS 6 AUG 18

View all documents at US Army Corps of Engineers website here.

FEDERAL EVALUATION OF APPLICATION: The decision whether to modify a permit will be based on an evaluation of the probable impact including cumulative impacts of the proposed activity on the public interest. The decision will reflect the national concern for both protection and utilization of important resources. The benefits which reasonably may be expected from the modification must be balanced against its reasonably foreseeable detriments. All of the modification’s relevant factors will be considered, including conservation, economics, aesthetics, general environmental concerns, wetlands, cultural values, fish and wildlife values, flood hazards, flood plain values, land use classification, navigation, shoreline erosion and accretion, recreation, water supply and conservation, water quality, energy needs, safety, food and fiber production, mineral needs, consideration of property ownership and, in general, the needs and welfare of the people.

The Corps of Engineers is soliciting comments from the public; Federal, state, and local agencies and officials; Indian Tribes; and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of this modification. Any comments received will be considered by the Corps of Engineers to determine whether to modify, condition or deny this proposal. Comments are used to determine the need for a public hearing and to determine the overall public interest of the proposed modification. Anyone may request a public hearing to consider this modification by writing to the District Commander within 30 days of the date of this notice, stating specific reasons for holding the public hearing. The District Commander will then decide if a hearing should be held.
COMMENT PERIOD: Comments on this request for modification should be in writing and can be sent by either email to scharlene.a.floyd@usace.army.mil or by regular mail, addressed to the Norfolk District, Corps of Engineers (ATTN: CENAO-WR-S), 803 Front Street, Norfolk, Virginia 23510-1011, and should be received by the close of business on August 6, 2018.

PUBLIC COMMENT ENDS 6 AUG 18

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.

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