Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League

November 2003

             Guest Speaker: Brenda Lamon, Landscape Coordinator, Parks and Urban Forestry, At This Month's Meeting

CIVIC LEAGUE MEETING, Monday, November 10, 2003, 7:00 pm, Stuart Center, 411 Virginia Avenue. Use cafeteria entrance at school parking lot.

NEXT BOARD MEETING will be November 17, 2003, at 7:00 pm.

DEADLINE for the December issue is Tuesday, November 25, 2003.

THIS MONTH'S MEETING AGENDA:   Monthly police report - Code enforcement update - Brenda Lamon, Landscape Coordinator, Parks and Urban Forestry, will speak.

President’s Notes
Craig Reilly

I can’t believe the holiday season is upon us so quickly. There will be so much to do and so little time to get it done, so make your holiday plans early. As I write this article I am thinking of the many neighborhood events that have happened in just the past few days…Art Walk, Blood Drives, Decorating Granby Street, and an Open House in the Riverview Village Business District. It’s my hope that you were able to participate in some if not all of these events. We can all be proud to have events like these happening in our neighborhoods.

Please remember that in order to have these events and others like them we must have people willing to volunteer and participate. Now having told you about how important it is to have volunteers; I would like to remind everyone that we are still looking for a dedicated individual to take over our Membership Chair. If you are willing to spend just a little bit of time to devote to your neighborhood, contact one of the officers of the Civic League.

At our next meeting we will have a guest speaker from the City of Norfolk, Parks & Urban Forestry Division. This presentation should be quite informative and answer some of the questions that are arising about the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act. I hope everyone will be able to attend, especially if you have questions about working close to our water’s edges.

With Thanksgiving arriving this month we should all look at the many things we are thankful for! If you can, reach out to those that may need some extra help at this special time of year. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

November’s Speaker
Andy Wallach

One of Colonial Place/Riverview’s main attractions is our views of the Lafayette River, Haven Creek, and Knitting Mill Creek. Over the past year some residents, especially in Riverview, have expressed concerns about their river view and access. Most of the land along our water perimeter is public right of way with all of us having the right of access. The access and views have diminished over the years due to natural vegetation growth and manmade structures. In considering what can be done, if we want to improve access/visibility, we need to understand the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act (CBPA), commonly known as "The Bay Act", adopted by the Virginia General Assembly in 1988. Our November speaker is Brenda Lamon, Landscape Coordinator (CBPA), Parks & Urban Forestry, City of Norfolk. She will help us understand the restrictions that the Act places on landscaping and building along the water.

Ms. Lamon is a Texas A & M University graduate with a Bachelor’s of Science in Horticulture, emphasis in Urban Forestry; she joined the City of Norfolk in February of 2002. As Landscape Coordinator, overseeing CBPA areas of Norfolk, she reviews all residential and commercial development site plans; issues Tree Permits for the removal of protected trees; and administers mitigation or re-plant requirements to replenish any lost vegetation in CBPA areas. While in the position, she has inspected hundreds of properties, both residential and commercial. She performs prior, during, and after assessments of the preservation areas. She has issued hundreds of Tree Permits and Mitigation plans. Using the Norfolk Tree Ordnance, adopted from the Bay Act Regulations, as her guide, she assesses each property on its specific merits. Her goal is to be consistent while working with the citizens of Norfolk to achieve their goals. She regularly improves her understanding of the Bay Act by attending classes and seminars, and reading materials that deal with the Chesapeake Bay and water quality issues.

Excerpts from the CBPA

Cooperative state-local program. --
A. Healthy state and local economies and a healthy Chesapeake Bay are integrally related; balanced economic development and water quality protection are not mutually exclusive. The protection of the public interest in the Chesapeake Bay, its tributaries, and other state waters and the promotion of the general welfare of the people of the Commonwealth require that: (i) the counties, cities, and towns of Tidewater Virginia incorporate general water quality protection measures into their comprehensive plans, zoning ordinances, and subdivision ordinances; (ii) the counties, cities, and towns of Tidewater Virginia establish programs, in accordance with criteria established by the Commonwealth, that define and protect certain lands, hereinafter called Chesapeake Bay Preservation Areas, which if improperly developed may result in substantial damage to the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries; (iii) the Commonwealth makes its resources available to local governing bodies by providing financial and technical assistance, policy guidance, and oversight when requested or otherwise required to carry out and enforce the provisions of this chapter; and (iv) all agencies of the Commonwealth exercise their delegated authority in a manner consistent with water quality protection provisions of local comprehensive plans, zoning ordinances, and subdivision ordinances when it has been determined that they comply with the provisions of this chapter.

B. Local governments have the initiative for planning and for implementing the provisions of this chapter, and the Commonwealth shall act primarily in a supportive role by providing oversight for local governmental programs, by establishing criteria as required by this chapter, and by providing those resources necessary to carry out and enforce the provisions of this chapter.

Local governments to designate Chesapeake Bay Preservation Areas; incorporate into local plans and ordinances; impose civil penalties.

A. Counties, cities and towns in Tidewater Virginia shall use the criteria developed by the Board to determine the extent of the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area within their jurisdictions. Designation of Chesapeake Bay Preservation Areas shall be accomplished by every county, city and town in Tidewater Virginia not later than twelve months after adoption of criteria by the Board.

B. Counties, cities, and towns in Tidewater Virginia shall incorporate protection of the quality of state waters into each locality's comprehensive plan consistent with the provisions of this chapter.

C. All counties, cities and towns in Tidewater Virginia shall have zoning ordinances which incorporate measures to protect the quality of state waters in the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Areas consistent with the provisions of this chapter….

The Resource Protection Area shall include:

  1. Tidal wetlands;
  2. Nontidal wetlands connected by surface flow and contiguous to tidal wetlands or water bodies with perennial flow;
  3. Tidal shores;
  4. Such other lands considered by the local government to meet the provisions of subsection A of this section and to be necessary to protect the quality of state waters; and
  5. A buffer area not less than 100 feet in width located adjacent to and landward of the components listed in subdivisions 1 through 4 above, and along both sides of any water body with perennial flow.

Development criteria for Resource Protection Areas.

1. Land development may be allowed in the Resource Protection Area, subject to approval by the local government, only if it (i) is water dependent; (ii) constitutes redevelopment; (iii) constitutes development or redevelopment within a designated Intensely Developed Area; (iv)] is a new use established pursuant to subdivision 4 a of this section; (v) is a road or driveway crossing satisfying the conditions set forth in subdivision 1 d of this section; or (vi) is a flood control or stormwater management facility satisfying the conditions set forth in subdivision 1 e of this section.
Exemptions in Resource Protection Areas.

The following land disturbances in Resource Protection Areas may be exempt from the criteria of this part provided that they comply with subdivisions a and b below of this subdivision 2: (i) water wells; (ii) passive recreation facilities such as boardwalks, trails and pathways; and (iii) historic preservation and archaeological activities.
a. Local governments shall establish administrative procedures to review such exemptions.
b. Any land disturbance exceeding an area of 2,500 square feet shall comply with the erosion and sediment control criteria.
3. Buffer area requirements. The 100-foot wide buffer area shall be the landward component of the Resource Protection Area. Notwithstanding permitted uses, encroachments, and vegetation clearing, as set forth in this section, the 100-foot wide buffer area is not reduced in width. To minimize the adverse effects of human activities on the other components of the Resource Protection Area, state waters, and aquatic life, a 100-foot wide buffer area of vegetation that is effective in retarding runoff, preventing erosion, and filtering nonpoint source pollution from runoff shall be retained if present and established where it does not exist.

Permitted modifications of the buffer area.

a. In order to maintain the functional value of the buffer area, existing vegetation may be removed, subject to approval by the local government, only to provide for reasonable sight lines, access paths, general woodlot management, and best management practices, including those that prevent upland erosion and concentrated flows of stormwater, as follows:
(1) Trees may be pruned or removed as necessary to provide for sight lines and vistas, provided that where removed, they shall be replaced with other vegetation that is equally effective in retarding runoff, preventing erosion, and filtering nonpoint source pollution from runoff.
(2) Any path shall be constructed and surfaced so as to effectively control erosion.
(3) Dead, diseased, or dying trees or shrubbery and noxious weeds (such as Johnson grass, kudzu, and multiflora rose) may be removed and thinning of trees may be allowed, pursuant to sound horticultural practice incorporated into locally-adopted standards.
(4) For shoreline erosion control projects, trees and woody vegetation may be removed, necessary control techniques employed, and appropriate vegetation established to protect or stabilize the shoreline in accordance with the best available technical advice and applicable permit conditions or requirements.

Crime Prevention Meeting
Malcolm Martin

Colonial Place: Our contingent of the CPRV Crime Prevention Committee will meet at Enrico’s Ristorante (4012 Colley Ave) on Thursday, November 13, 2003, at 7:30. Block captains should bring copies of their sign-up sheets. We thank Officer Routon for attending our meeting on October 2nd, and we hope to see him or Officer Hicks at the meeting in November. If you want to help us make our neighborhood a safer place, please contact Malcolm at 625-8285 or

Riverview: We now have a full complement of block captains. Thank you all so much for volunteering to do this. We’ll have a short meeting at my house (4115 Holly Ave.) on November 13th at 7:00 p.m. We will try to have one of our P.A.C.E. officers there so that we can bring him up to date on what we are doing and give him copies of our block security sign-up sheets. Then we can get to the next step, which is getting the Neighborhood Watch signs put up. Please bring copies of your block security sign-up sheets to the meeting. If you have questions about block security and don’t know how to contact your block captain, please call Audrey Webb at 623-1197.

Fall Endeavors
Kathy Stark

The Beautify Our Borders (BOB) Committee fall pruning, painting, and planting at Llewellyn and Delaware a few weeks ago went swimmingly. Literally and figuratively. I thought we were all going to have to swim home since Haven's Creek was overflowing into the streets as we worked quickly to finish. A stiff nor' easterly wind seemed to be moving water inland. Our little band of volunteers slogged on (as Secretary Rumsfeld is fond of saying) anyway. We painted the letters on the recreation and parks sign white so one could actually tell what the sign was meant to convey. We removed boards that had washed up during Isabel. And, we planted blue and bright yellow pansies. A special thanks to Stephanie Gray, Ruth Martin, Buffy Masten, and Glenn Sussman for a job well done.

After the work was done, we retired to the Riverview Coffee Parlor to talk about current events and sip warm beverages. Both were very satisfying. If you'd like to join us in future endeavors, contact Kathy Stark at 640-8938.

Did you know the Norfolk SPCA offers low cost pet services such as tests, vaccinations, city licenses and spay/neuter surgery? And they offer heartworm and flea prevention products at a discount. To make an appointment or for additional information call 622-3319 or visit their website at

CPRV Stickers
Jeanne Ullian

This may be your last chance this year to purchase the CPRV sticker. Stickers attached when the temperature falls below 50 degrees void the warranty and you wouldn’t want to waste $2.50 and see yours fall off prematurely. So bring $2.50 or some exact multiple to the November Civic League meeting to make your purchase. The Stickers-by-Mail program is good for at least the month of November. Mail a check made out to CPRV to Jeanne Ullian, 4400 Mayflower Road, Norfolk, VA 23508. Include the delivery address and I will drop your order off within a week.

Meet the Neighbors
Sheila Janes

Meet Richard (Woody) and Stephanie Hale, their roommate Scott Stouder, and two dogs, Pete, the-lab-mix and Ethel, the-bulldog. The Hales moved to 433 New York Avenue one year ago after living in an apartment in Ghent. Woody is originally from New York and is a professional photographer, while Stephanie is a Virginia Beach native who works as a graphic designer for a navy contractor. During down time from their DIY home improvement projects, Woody is an avid fan of the jam’band community and Steph enjoys cooking and scrapbooking. Scott is a manager at Panera Bread and coaches childrens community soccer. Flooding from hurricane Isabel made quite a wet impression and they are about to take on a huge renovation project in their basement. Hopefully that work will be completed in time to focus on the newest addition to the Hale household due to arrive around June 10, 2004. Feel free to contact the Hales at

What’s up at
Jeanne Ullian

The Colonial Place Circus Arts Club is featured on our web site this month. If you noticed some VERY tall people on the Front Porch Art Walk then you have seen some of their members (which also include jugglers, acrobats, clowns, and unicycle riders). An additional perk to visiting their site is the link to over 50 great Hurricane Isabel photos that follow the escape of the Mayflower mermaid. Don’t miss it.

Less exciting, but still important, is the update to our Bylaws reflecting the amendments approved at the October 2003 meeting.

Don’t forget about the neighborhood project by Stephanie Gray to collect books for the USS Ronald Reagan. A list of the books donated so far is on our web site. Just use the link off the home page.

More Books Wanted!
Stephanie Gray

We have collected some gently used or new books for children ages 0-5 for the library of the USS Ronald Regan CVN-76. We have a goal of thirty-five. The holidays are just around the corner. What a nice present for a child, being read to from his Mom or Dad. Contact Stephanie Gray 533-9097 or

Got a Car? Please Read...

Parking is always an issue in older neighborhoods built before cars were plentiful and ubiquitous. Colonial Place and Riverview have more than their fair share of parking problems, especially in certain areas of our communities where higher density housing exists.

Here are few reminders regarding parking guidelines in our community.

Also, commercial vehicles, such as large delivery trucks, cannot be parked in the neighborhood overnight, and auto repair work cannot be done on vehicles parked on the street or on your lawn.

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