“If the lots are built upon and the road extended, “unfortunately it would sour the overall project,” said Christy Everett, regional director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.”

More press about 100% of Pleasure House Point not being preserved.

“Pleasure House Point Faces New Development

… plans have quietly moved ahead to build duplexes and extend a road through two areas in the tract, known as Pleasure House Point.”

From Pilotonline.com:

Turns out there’s a loophole in the celebrated purchase and preservation of Pleasure House Point, the largest undeveloped tract left on the Lynnhaven River, loaded with sand dunes, maritime forest and waterfront vistas.

Note the amount of trees and vital habitat that is at risk for destruction. Birds, including those migrating in the Atlantic Flyway, depend on Pleasure House Point and it’s open space to survive.

Partial shot of 1 page of plans shown upside down.

One thought on ““If the lots are built upon and the road extended, “unfortunately it would sour the overall project,” said Christy Everett, regional director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.”

  1. Dear Folks,
    Hampton Roads, and obviously Virginia Beach is 2nd only to New Orleans in worst areas that sea level rise will impact in the USA.
    And storm water quality mandates are being imposed on the City for all drainage basins. While the Lynnhaven River Basin has some dedicated funding in accordance with the City Council priority, this project must address City wide water quality requirements including those associated with the Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL), Green Ribbon Committee recommendations, Comprehensive Storm water Management Plans and the retrofit of older City properties with Best Management Practices (BMP’s) in addition, information gathering for storm water quality implementation plans is a critical part of the City’s efforts to meet it’s storm water quality mandates.
    Please visit the Va Beach water dept and planning sites below that indicates cities storm water situation and tidal flooding that cost the city a lot of monies.
    (CIP) Classification of Instructional Programs
    http://cipstatus.vbgov.com/cipstatus/ProjectDetail.aspx?id=944

    As you know, the TMDL is critical for VB, and obviously, preserving and restoring wetlands in large areas … only place is PHP …. will count in a very positive way toward VB to be in compliance.
    +++ULI Study from 1997 Remember this:
    http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/planning/boards-commissions-committees/pages/urban-land-insti-bayfront-study.aspx

    The City’s #1 goal was Pleasure House Point preservation partially because the ULI study showed we were well short of open space here. (Here being the Shore Drive community).
    http://hamptonroads.com/2012/11/residents-decry-plans-pleasure-house-point-homes#comment-1475079
    Preserving PHP went well toward that goal. But …. And remember …. the “ground” in PHP is ~69 acres. They call it ~118 acres because the water was also saved as it transferred with the deed thanks to the King’s Grant as you probably are aware. I believe we are still short of the ULI goal of around 20 acres. If you don’t count preserving 49 acres of water as part of open space.
    +++You probably have the data that Hampton Roads, and obviously Virginia Beach is 2nd only to New Orleans in worst areas that sea level rise will impact in the USA.
    So again … clearly the TMDL, restoration of wetlands, contiguous open space including wetlands… Ocean Park storm water issues at all…. working to preserve these last 20 lots again appears to be a very logical use of time, effort and any monies to leverage a maximum benefit for the City 13 million dollar investment of PHP park.
    And for me personally …. “monies” does not necessarily mean buying the 20 lots. There are plenty of creative solutions that city and developer could be negotiated if there are 2 willing partners.
    And obviously – they’ve had an incredible positive rate of return from the purchase of PHP in the 60s – the sale to you know who, while retaining these few lots is a big impact to Ocean Park community and Shore Drive corridor.
    Oh – remember the enormous influence Wayne had on creating the Virginia Aquarium?

    I can’t help but think his heirs would want to play a very positive role in PHP and CBF’s educational facility vs being …. let’s say …”frond upon” to develop and destroy the tree canopy and have run off, storm flooding to PHP park, and create a possibility of future man made levees.

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