Neighborhood Dredging Study Draft Final Report is Available for Public Comment

The Beaches and Waterway Advisory Commission (B&WAC) has completed the Draft Final Report for the Neighborhood Dredging Study and is accepting public comments on the report.  The deadline for comments has been set for NOON on Tuesday December 6th.  See the email from B&WAC Chairman Tom Fraim below for additional details.

Tom Fraim email excerpt – “Final comments from the public will be set for noon on December 6th and we will incorporate constructive comments for the real FINAL REPORT TO COUNCIL at 5:00PM on December 8th in the City Manager’s conference room. I expect the meeting to take less than 10 minutes. We will  not take additional public comment and with the exception of approving the minutes of the last meeting, we will not have an agenda. The approved Report to Council on the Neighborhood Dredging SSD Program will be posted on the City Website on December 9th while it is being properly constructed with maps, engineering reports, cover sheet, index, binding … etc.

 As you will read in the report, we interpret the instructions from Council to direct us to find additional site options that would have less impact on the neighborhoods and does not give us the option of eliminating sites selected prior to their approval of the program. We cannot eliminate Maple Street from future consideration, but we are asking Council to do exactly that … “

Read the draft final report here  11_28_DRAFT_FINAL

 

Items in the report that may be of particular intrest:

  • An unsupported requirement that five dredging zones are needed.
  • The reasons for public opposition to Maple Street and Crab Creek sites are legimate concerns.
  • The opposition to Maple Street and Crab Creek site is a standard NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) situation and will go away when the local residents need dredging projects.
  • The Lynnhaven Drive site is a preferred alternative to the Maple Street site, but only City Council can remove the Maple Street site from the overall plan.

 

All residents in the Bayfront area are encouraged to comment on this report.  Please send all comments to the following email addresses:

Tom Fraim, B&WAC Chairman – tfraim@masacorp.com  

Jim Spore, City Manager – CMOffice@vbgov.com

City Council – ctycncl@vbgov.com

David Williams, Shore Drive Community Coalition President – David@sdcc.info

 

6 thoughts on “Neighborhood Dredging Study Draft Final Report is Available for Public Comment

  1. Pingback: Add your 2 cents worth…Shore drive, phase 3, dredging site :Ocean Park Civic League Website

  2. According to the Commission on page 22 of the draft they recommend that the Long Creek/Maple St site be used regardless of the resistance from the commmunity. Well the commission says it is so.. we must obey the lords of our city council and thier commission. As Louie Jones always says with a smile “We will entertain comments and input” or does he mean they will be entertained and just do whatever they want anyway.

  3. Edited version of letter sent by OPCL used by myself and others to express our concerns:

    Dear Chairman Fraim:
    Despite our considerable efforts two years ago to highlight the problems and oppose the use of the LBR&BF as a permanent dredge spoils transfer site, it has come to my attention that the city of Virginia Beach is once again considering the placement of a permanent dredge spoils transfer station at the Lynnhaven Boat Ramp and Beach Facility. As a resident of Ocean Park, fisherman and frequent user of the facility, I am opposed to the use of this site for the following reasons:
    1. Operating barges in close proximity to a recreational facility is dangerous.
    2. Use of dump trucks through a residential neighborhood is dangerous.
    3. Use of dump trucks through the boat ramp parking lot is dangerous.
    4. Use of barges in the Lynnhaven Basin creates a danger to the Lesner Bridge,
    boaters and kayakers.
    5. Quality of water at beaches is jeopardized by unloading of spoils.
    6. Air quality will be compromised by diesel equipment and odor from dredge spoils.
    7. Potential environmental harm to nearby spawning grounds.
    8. Inequitable use of a facility that was paid for and maintained by Saltwater fishing
    license and user fees.
    9. Loss of property value by nearby property owners.

    In addition, use of the Lynnhaven Boat Ramp as a dredge spoils transfer station seems at odds with the investment the City and the community are making in Pleasure House Point (PHP). The rationale for preserving this site on the Lynnhaven River is well-founded and supported for many years by local residents. Use of the boat ramp for this proposed purpose is a direct contradiction to the goals of the City, Trust for Public Land, Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the granting agencies that are financially committed to the acquisition of PHP.
    The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is a major equity partner in the purchase and development of Pleasure House Point, and the location of a Dredge Material Transfer site directly across a narrow channel from their planned landmark environmental education center would be a travesty. The Foundation is currently planning a center constructed to the highest LEED level possible which would be an amazing educational tool, as well as a great source of pride for the City of Virginia Beach. Constructing this building directly across from what is essentially an industrial waste site is unfathomable.
    Although the goals of the neighborhood dredging project, and continued dredging of our city’s waterways, are well intentioned, using Lynnhaven Boat Ramp as a dredge spoils transfer station is poor public policy based on the potential risks to the environment, boating safety, public beach access and private property values.
    Several council members are on record in opposition to the use of the LBR as a spoils transfer site and as do I, suggest that facilities like this should only be located in close proximity to the areas that would benefit from the neighborhood dredging program or a remote site suitable for commercial/industrial type uses. I hope that you seriously consider our community’s concerns and remove the Lynnhaven Boat Ramp and Beach Facility from the commission’s recommendations for a dredge spoils transfer facility.

    Sincerely,

  4. Other major issues with the city’s NDP include the suspect viability of the Special Service District (SSD) cash flow engine to adequately reimburse the taxpayers for revenues spent by the city to dredge potentially 2,500 properties (in a city of 450,000 people), safety impact study for barges, tugs, and dump trucks mingling with traffic on N. Great Neck, Long Creek, and Lynnhaven basin, an environmental impact study, an impact study of what heavy dump truck traffic will do to nearby residential structures, and how much it would cost to repair those structures and roads over 16 years (length of the NDP program), and who and how sufficient oversight for the NDP will be provided?

    And I question the entire process in which this city’s staff has tried to slip this one (NDP and SSD process) under the door. Where was City Council in all of this? How much of this failing program belongs to the City Manager? Where was and is the “transparent government” that was supposed to become apparent under Mayor Sessoms tenure?

    I think most of us want to work with city government for the betterment of Virginia Beach. We want VB to be a city of distinction of which we all can be proud. Out tax dollars should be spent for the long term betterment of this city which enhances citizens’ quality of life. Tax dollars should not be spent on projects that endanger our citizens, damages their properties, decreases their quality of life, or detracts from the quality and reputation of this potentially remarkable city.

  5. I could not say it much better than that replied by Mike Wills:
    1. Operating barges in close proximity to a recreational facility is dangerous.
    2. Use of dump trucks through a residential neighborhood is dangerous.
    3. Use of dump trucks through the boat ramp parking lot is dangerous.
    4. Use of barges in the Lynnhaven Basin creates a danger to the Lesner Bridge,
    boaters and kayakers.
    5. Quality of water at beaches is jeopardized by unloading of spoils. (Used for fishing and swimming)
    6. Air quality will be compromised by diesel equipment and odor from dredge spoils.( With noise to the adjacent homes)
    7. Potential environmental harm to nearby spawning grounds.
    8. Inequitable use of a facility that was paid for and maintained by Saltwater fishing
    license and user fees.
    9. Loss of property value by nearby property owners.

    In addition the area adjacent to the suggested site has been used as a park and beach area much of the year. Even if only winter is used for this site, which I personally would have serious doubts is adhered to long term, the Marina is used throughtout the year.

    Crab Creek site is recommended against by the Coast Guard response, the site will unfortunately probably have to be used as a staging site for the rebuild of the Lesner bridge. There would be added traffic to Shore Drive a corridor to the beach which is already too busy. (Why otherwise are six lanes being proposed) on an old bridge with additional heavy trucks.

    How about consolidating this site with the Long Creek site since it is only a short distance up the creek and appears to resolve most of the issues?

  6. I am again dumb-founded by the suggestion of putting a permanent dredge transfer station at the Lynnhaven Boat Ramp. It was taken off the table once because someone realized it was dangerous on all fronts to locate a commercial operation out of a popular boating and beach area. (Not to mention near a major evacuation route bridge!) Taking the trucks out of the neighborhoods that need to be dredged affect a lot less people than taking the spoils out of a congested recreational area! NIMBY my butt…let the people who need the dredging done bear the burden!!! It sickens me to think that City Council is willing to risk people’s/children’s lives to appease the true NIMBY’S.

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