City’s Dewberry Study on Sea Level Rise and Flooding Recommends Average $3.0 Billion Worth of Solutions

On January 15th, Dewberry consultants presented a draft strategies plan to City Council identifying various projects to help prepare Virginia Beach for a Sea Level Rise (SLR) of 3 feet.  The draft plan was created with input from City Staff, a SLR Working Group and consultants.  One of the key recommendations in the plan is to build flood walls all along the Bayfront Beaches and flood gates at the Lynnhaven Inlet.


The following timeline identifies stakeholder outreach and input sometime in 2019.  It is SDCC’s hope that a meaningful community dialogue can be held that will allow residents a chance to discuss implementation priorities and potential funding methods for the large price tag of $3.0 Billion.


To read Dewberry’s slide show presentation to City Council, click here

After more than three years of wrestling with how to regulate short-term rentals through sites like Airbnb, the City Council [Tuesday] passed sweeping new laws that could dramatically alter the industry.

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Here’s an overview of the changes that will take effect Nov. 1:

Airbnb hosts who rent out their primary residence must be home during the guests’ stay if they want to rent without a permit.

For an owner who will not stay overnight in rentals, he or she will be required to get a conditional-use permit.

More than 2,100 rentals that have paid the transient occupancy tax and have registered with the Commissioner of the Revenue by July 1, 2018 will be grandfathered in and do not need to get permits. Sandbridge properties also don’t have to go through this process.

The permits need to be renewed every five years. If no violations happen during that time, the city will renew them. The permitting process gives the City Council an opportunity to approve or deny rental properties and provides an avenue for neighbors to tell the city about any potential concerns about the rentals.

The city may revoke permits from any properties that violate codes.

The new rules limit overnight stays to three people per bedroom.

Property owners can only rent to two different people within seven days.

One off-street parking spot will be required for each bedroom.

Special events permits will be required for more than 50 guests. A house can only have three events per year. This rule came about to help control event houses, many of which are located in Sandbridge.

Property owners will not be allowed to rent out structures such as carriage houses or garages with apartments in them.

Short-term rentals will need to carry $1 million in liability insurance coverage.

E-cycling January 19, 2019 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at Virginia Aquarium

Details here.

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, in partnership with Goodwill Industries, the City of Virginia Beach Public Works and TFC Recycling, will offer its semi-annual E-cycling event Saturday, January 19, 2019, from 9a.m. to 12 noon, at the Virginia Aquarium East Parking Lot. There is no fee to drop off items, but donations are always appreciated.

***Note that cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions cannot be accepted.***

Acceptable personal electronic recyclable items include:
Personal computers and laptops
Telephones, cell phones and PDA’s
Circuit boards and components
Monitors and flat screens
Fax machines
Stereo equipment and game systems
Regular recycling materials such as newspapers, bottles and cans will also be accepted.
***Note that cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions cannot be accepted.***

Acceptable household hazardous waste items include:
Up to five gallons of liquids or up to 75 pounds of dry materials
Aerosol spray cans
Automotive fluids
Batteries: Alkaline (AA, AAA, C, D), Boat, Car, Camera, Cell phone, Hearing aid, Lead acid, Lithium, Rechargeable, Trucks
Household cleaners
Gasoline (up to 5 gallons)
Pool chemicals
Light bulbs – small quantities of CFLs or fluorescent tubes
Oil and water based paint
Propane tanks (small – up to 20 lb. capacity)

We thought you might be interested in a simple step to help move a bill that will help increase residential and commercial tree canopy throughout VA, in the name of water quality improvement and flood mitigation.

From Tanner:

Delegate Keam’s proposed tree canopy Bill HB 2333 is something we have been looking forward to for some time.

View Bill HB 2333 here.

Why is the legislation needed?
Virginia state code currently limits the amount of canopy a locality may require a developer to plant/replace/preserve.

For example, under current law, for a residential parcel zoned for 10 or fewer units per acre, the locality may not require a tree canopy greater than 20% in 20 years’ time. For a commercial parcel, the maximum tree canopy a locality can require is 10%. That’s right, there is a maximum amount of trees a locality can require to be replaced.

What does HB 2333 do?
It exempts a locality from those caps if they’re using trees to achieve a water quality (i.e. Bay TMDL) or quantity (i.e. flood mitigation) goal.

See this attachment to see how it changes to existing law. (2pg PDF)

What can you do to support this common-sense legislation?
Simple. We are building a consortium of groups to add their names to our sign-on letter of support (see below how to join).

We will share this list with members of the House Counties, Cities and Towns subcommittee to ensure it makes its way to full committee vote.

From there we think it has a good chance of making it to the floor.

To join the sign-on letter all we need is:
Organization, Lead Signatory, and Title. You can see who else is already on board and add your organization to our running list here.

Or just email Tanner at CBF & let me know you are in!

View letter that will be sent that will include list of supporting organizations.

Have capacity to help?
Share this email with others who might be interested — HOAs, civic leagues, local government, tree stewards, healthcare companies, nurseries, tree care companies, botanical gardens, small and large businesses – anyone that has a stake in increasing tree canopy in the Bay watershed.

What is the deadline for signing?
We’ll leave the letter open until the bill is on the House Counties, Cities and Towns subcommittee #2 docket, which could be as early as next Thursday.

Thanks for your consideration. We hope you will join us. Please don’t hesitate to call if I can answer any questions about the bill.


Tanner Council
Hampton Roads Grassroots Manager
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Brock Environmental Center | 757.644.4113

Baylines January newsletter from BAC

View Baylines January 2019 Edition.

News includes:

Bayfront Advisory Commission volunteers needed
Citizens and businesses interest in volunteering on BAC committees, tasks forces and special subcommittees should communicate their interest to Scott Ayers, BAC vice chairman, via the commission’s email address, Please indicate any special skills that you would bring to the commission’s efforts as well as your contact information

And much more!

Marina Shores Marina demolition update

Learn more at Marina Shores Marina blog post here.

We have learned of a few more updates regarding the demolition of the two main buildings on our property. Demolition will officially begin next week, January 7th. Heavy equipment has already begun to be moved on to the lot in preparation. Starting on Monday, the small kiosk buildings and the Yacht Club building (former admin office) will be the first to be demolished.