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Oct 30

Planning District Commission Hosts Public Meetings

Posted on October 30, 2019 at 10:17 AM by Sharon Hoggard

The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC) is hosting three public meetings as part of a Joint Land Use Study to hear stakeholders’ input about their experiences living or working near military installations in the Cities of Chesapeake and Portsmouth. The public can choose from three meeting options to attend and share their input. The meetings are the same and simply repeated at different dates and times for the public’s convenience.

Meeting Details:

November 13, 2019

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Bide-A-Wee Golf Course Pavilion

1 Bide-A-Wee Drive

Portsmouth, VA 23701

November 14, 2019

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Churchland Library

4934 High Street West

Portsmouth, VA 23703

November 14, 2019

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Major Hillard Library

824 Old George Washington Hwy N.

Chesapeake, VA 23323


The Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) is a cooperative process among the Cities of Chesapeake and Portsmouth, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and several Navy installations in South Hampton Roads: Naval Support Activity (NSA) Hampton Roads – Portsmouth Annex; Navy Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center Norfolk (FLCN), Craney Island Fuel Depot;

Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) and NNSY associated properties including St. Juliens Creek Annex, South Gate Annex, Scott Center Annex, the Village at New Gosport, and Stanley Court. The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC) is the primary project sponsor.

 “We’re looking to hear from the public with their ideas and concerns,” says, Ben McFarlane, senior regional planner at the HRPDC and project manager for the JLUS. “We’ll take those comments and incorporate them as we continue to conduct our analysis,” said McFarlane.

The JLUS is funded by a grant from the Department of Defense (DOD), Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) and from local match contributions of participating jurisdictions and the HRPDC. OEA provides grant assistance to state and local governments to mitigate or prevent incompatible community activities that are likely to impair the long-term sustainability and operational utility of the military installation complex.

The JLUS seeks to create a long-term planning partnership that protects the quality of life in local communities and sustains the military missions associated with each installation. The JLUS will include evaluation of several factors including transportation impacts (such as congestion, existing and planned capital improvements, facility access, gate security, parking, and rail operations), stormwater management, waterway management, land use conflicts, and residential, commercial, and industrial encroachment impacts. Nuisance and storm surge flooding can have major impacts on Navy operations by obstructing access and damaging local infrastructure on which military facilities rely.

The JLUS will help identify specific conditions and develop mutually beneficial recommendations to address these issues. The meetings are open to the public. A Spanish translator will be available at the meeting in Chesapeake.

For more information, visit the project website at https://www.hrpdcva.gov/departments/joint-land-use-studies/portsmouth-chesapeake-joint-land-use-study/ or contact project manager, Ben McFarlane at 757-420-8300 or bmcfarlane@hrpdcva.gov.