Local Government Archive

Plan to build homes north of Virginia Beach agricultural line approved

VIRGINIA BEACH Planning commissioners voted 7-3 Wednesday to approve a zoning change for a housing development on undeveloped land just north of the city's agricultural boundary. Kotarides Developers LLC wants to build Princess Anne Meadows, a subdivision of 80 single-family homes, on 42 wooded acres on Princess Anne Road across from Virginia Beach National Golf Club.

Storm destroys Norfolk beach fence that angered Willoughby residents

NORFOLK Add this title to Mother Nature's resume: conflict mediator. Willoughby resident Walter Arnemann had been scheduled to appear Wednesday before the city's Wetlands Board to answer to a city allegation that his bayfront fence violates a city ordinance and state law.

Chesapeake waste firm operating in city without use permit

A facility that handles hazardous wastes - including chemicals from auto repair shops, industrial plants and paint stores - before they're moved to permanent disposal sites has operated in Deep Creek for 17 years without a permit required by the city.

Virginia Beach Fire Department names "Firefighter of the Year"

VIRGINIA BEACH The Fire Department named Capt. Ray Irizarry the Beach's "Firefighter of the Year" at a ceremony Wednesday.

Portsmouth city manager proposes rec center fees to close budget gap

PORTSMOUTH Several months into the fiscal year, City Manager Lydia Pettis Patton recommended reducing operating hours, decreasing staff and charging fees to access city recreation centers to close a projected budget gap in the department.

Portsmouth council appoints new city attorney

PORTSMOUTH The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to appoint Solomon H. Ashby Jr. as city attorney. Ashby, who most recently served as an assistant city attorney in Suffolk, is scheduled to start his job Nov. 1. Ashby joined Suffolk's office in September 2011 after serving as senior assistant city attorney for Atlanta, according to a 2011 news release from Suffolk.

Two developers take up the cause of cutting payments to Chesapeake

CHESAPEAKE In March, the City Council allowed a developer to reduce an impact fee promised years ago by $1.3 million. A month later, Councilman Robert Ike proposed across-the-board cuts for all voluntary contributions offered before 2012. These proffers are meant to offset the demands of new development on city services, such as roads and schools.

Norfolk ditches spreadsheets, gets new system to track city projects

NORFOLK The city's Public Works Department has taken a giant step into the era of technology. Since the 1990s, the department has been tracking its public works projects using Microsoft Access spreadsheets.

Transportation official: Virginia Beach needs billions to ease heavy traffic

VIRGINIA BEACH The city needs about $2 billion to begin work on major road projects that would ease congestion. Phil Pullen, the Public Works transportation division manager, outlined budget shortfalls for roads during a presentation to the mayor, City Council members and government workers Tuesday.

Norfolk police to hold public comments session as part of accreditation process

NORFOLK Employees and members of the public are invited to make public comments about the Norfolk Police Department at a forum tonight. The department is seeking voluntary accreditation through the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc., which recognizes excellence in law enforcement.

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