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June Newsletter

  In this edition - Green Drinks Chesapeake - Wednesday, June 26 - Proposed changes to Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area in Chesapeake - Comp Plan Open Houses - City Council Meeting - June 11 (Single Member Voting Districts & Recycling Referendums) - June Planning Commission Meeting - June 12 - Agricultural Subdivision Ordinance - Action Alerts - More Upcoming Events - In the News Green Drinks Chesapeake - Wednesday, June 26 Our next meeting will be Wednesday, June 26, 2024 from 6 pm to 8 pm at YNot Italian in Greenbrier, 1036 Volvo Parkway, Suite 7 Chesapeake, VA, 23320. Among other topics we'll discuss drafting a sign-on letter to the City Council about Planning Documents that are being prepared, including the Greenbrier Area Plan and the Trails and Connectivity Plan. Please note the day change to Wednesday. The City Council meeting on Tuesday the 25th will be considering the proposed CBPA changes, so we wanted to keep that day clear to attend the City Council meeting. There h
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CBPA Update

On Friday, May 31st, several of us met with the Planning Department to discuss the proposed CBPA District boundary changes in Chesapeake  proposed CBPA District boundary changes in Chesapeake .  In attendance were representatives from the Friends of Indian River, Fernwood Farms Civic League, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.   Representatives from Wetlands Watch wanted to attend the meeting but were unavoidably unavailable that day.   The Planning Department provided an informative briefing on the process they followed for the CBPA changes.  They shared the presentation they gave to the City Council at a work session on April 16th, which can be reviewed at  https://www.cityofchesapeake.net/DocumentCenter/View/18179/04-16-24-CBPA_IDA-District-Boundary-Revisions-Presentation- We discussed multiple areas of concern at the meeting.   The Planning Department said they would  request some info from the Public Works Department and put together a response that addresses these areas. They said

May Newsletter

View this newsletter online at  http://www.greeningchesapeake.com/ Green Drinks Chesapeake The next Green Drinks Chesapeake will be Tuesday, May 28, 2024 from 6 pm to 8 pm at YNot Italian in Greenbrier, 1036 Volvo Parkway, Suite 7 Chesapeake, VA, 23320.  Among other topics we'll talk about the City's proposed CBPA changes and an update on efforts to preserve trees. What is Green Drinks?  Green Drinks is mostly for people working on environmental issues, but anyone can come -- people from environment groups, business, government, academia, and as individuals. There is no 'us and them'. Green Drinks is a chance to mingle, share insights, inspire and delight each other. Come out and order some food or a drink (each participant pays for their own drinks and food; if drinking, please do so responsibly!) and join the conversation. Please do share the invite with others who may be interested.  Proposed changes to Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area in Chesapeake The Planning Dep

CBPA proposed change details

April 23 Public Hearing Package with rationale for the proposed changes -  https://www.cityofchesapeake.net/DocumentCenter/View/18260/04-23-24-Item-7_PLANNING_CBPA Consideration of the change was Continued (deferred) to the end of June. Below the proposed CBPA changes provided by Chesapeake Planning Department were compared against National Wetlands Inventory maps -  https://fwsprimary.wim.usgs.gov/wetlands/apps/wetlands-mapper/ 1. Fernwood Farms/Riverwalk Areas Proposed for removal (red), addition (dark green) National Wetlands Inventory City Drainage Map   https://www.cityofchesapeake.net/DocumentCenter/View/4216/Figures-PDF Background on Interrupted and Disconnected Wetlands for CBPA Guidance Documents https://www.deq.virginia.gov/home/showpublisheddocument/22569/638430806129970000 Google Earth 4/8/1990 2. Great Bridge Blvd Areas proposed for removal (red) National Wetlands Inventory Close-up 3. Oakbrooke (East of Arboretum) Areas proposed for removal (red)/addition (dark green) Nat