Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League
COMMUNITY NEWS

April 2006

             Ward 2 City Council Candidates Forum on April 10th at Tabb's plus
              Special Meeting April 17th at Stuart on Rezoning of Lafayette Yacht Club Site


CIVIC LEAGUE MEETING (Note: Location Change and Meeting Dates) Monday, April 10, 2006, 7:00 pm, Tabb's Restaurant on Granby PLUS Special Meeting on Monday, April 17, 2006, 7:00pm at Stuart Center, 411 Virginia Avenue. Use cafeteria entrance at school parking lot.

NEXT BOARD MEETING will be in June.

DEADLINE for the May issue is Tuesday, April 25, 2006.

THIS MONTH'S MEETING AGENDA:   TWO MEETINGS THIS MONTH:
Monday, April 10, 2006 at 7:00pm at Tabb's Restaurant on Granby - Ward 2 City Council Candidates Forum
Monday, April 17, 2006 at 7:00pm at Stuart Center - Vote on Civic League position concerning the rezoning of the old Lafayette Yacht Club property.



President’s Notes
Andy Wallach

First, let me congratulate Sheila Janes, our Crime Committee Chair, for being nominated for the 2006 Barbara Davis Volunteer Crime Prevention Award. Her contribution to crime prevention was honored at Norfolk’s Crime Prevention Awards Ceremony on March 27th.

Vote on May 2nd for your future Ward 2 City Council representative and Norfolk’s first elected Mayor in 80 years. Your vote means so much more in a local election (1 out of about 5,000 actual voters in Ward 2) than in a national election (1 out of many millions). Neighborhood power and influence depends on voter turnout. The approximately 2,550 registered voters at the Stuart precinct come exclusively from Colonial Place and Riverview. A great turnout at Stuart tells the elected officials and city employees that our residents care about what happens in Norfolk.

While on the subject of elections, we need candidates for Civic League positions. I’ll announce our nominating committee at the regular April meeting. All current officers have served at least their limit of 2 years in their current office and must be replaced. Existing officers may be elected to another office but not the same office.

Besides our regularly scheduled meeting, a Candidates Forum at Tabb’s restaurant on April 10th, we will have a special official meeting on April 17th at Stuart school. At this meeting we will vote to support or oppose a requested zoning change for the land previously occupied by the Lafayette Yacht Club. The property owner, Lafayette River Properties, wants the City to create in the zoning ordinance a planned development, Lafayette Point Condominium Planned Development District (PD-R-LRC) and rezone the property from C-2 Corridor Commercial to PD-R-LRC. See separate article on this proposed project. 

I commend all of you who volunteer by distributing this Community News each month. A word of caution, do not place them in mailboxes. The Post Office claims that 420 were placed in mailboxes this month and are billing us postage. In my door-to-door travels, I find that clamping literature between the storm/screen door and the doorjamb works well.



Candidates for City Council to Address CPRV
Civic League Meeting: Monday, April 10th, 7:00 p.m. at Tabb’s Restaurant

Steve Earnhart

This May we go to the polls to elect a Mayor and a city council representative. In the past, the CPRV Civic League has made a commitment to being engaged in the electoral process by sponsoring opportunities to meet and discuss issues with candidates for office at all levels: U.S. Congressional seats to the City Treasurer. It is up to us the voting citizenry to educate ourselves on the issues and the candidates before every election. With this in mind, please mark you calendar for our April CPRV Civic League meeting on Monday, April 10th at 7:00 p.m. at Tabb’s at Riverview, a favorite local restaurant in the Riverview Village Business District. The three candidates for the Ward 2 City Council Seat (Ms. Felisha Belin, Dr. Theresa Whibley and Mr. Andy Wallach) have committed to participating. The candidates will have a chance to explain why they are seeking this office and we will have ample time for questions. Following the adjournment of the meeting, Tabb’s will be open for a bit of socializing. Please mark your calendar now for our CPRV Civic League meeting on Monday, April 10th at Tabb’s at Riverview (4019 Granby Street) at 7:00 p.m. Drop me a line if you have questions or suggestions: searnhart@gmail.com



CONDOMINIUM PROJECT
Andy Wallach

A SPECIAL CIVIC LEAGUE MEETING will be held on April 17th at Stuart Center at 7:00 p.m. to discuss and vote on a re-zoning request. We need this meeting so that we can present a Civic League position at the Norfolk City Planning Commission hearing on April 27th.

Request: SITE IMPROVEMENT, for the following applications on property containing  6.7 acres, more or less, that fronts 782 feet, more or less, along the western line of Llewellyn Avenue, beginning 280 feet, more or less, north of the northern line of Delaware Avenue and running northwardly. The property also fronts 520 feet, more or less, along the western line of Granby Street, beginning at the intersection of Granby Street and Llewellyn Avenue and running northwardly:
1). To amend The City of Norfolk Zoning Ordinance, 1992 as amended, Chapter 27, Planned Development (PD) so as to create the Lafayette Point Condominium Planned Development (PD - R - LPC );
2) To change the zoning from C-2 (Corridor Commercial) District to Lafayette Point Condominium Planned Development (PD - R - LPC). The General Plan of Norfolk, 1992, depicts the site as high density residential.  The purpose of the rezoning is to allow the construction of a multiple-family development.

Background: Sam Baraki of Site Improvement contacted me in February concerning plans to develop the Lafayette Yacht Club property. Mr. Baraki presented at the February CPRV Board meeting and then at our March general meeting. At that time, I did not realize that he was asking for a change in zoning and that the Civic League needed to take a position. There are currently only three Planned Developments (PDs) in Norfolk. For PDs see http://www.municode.com/resources/gateway.asp?sid=46&pid=10121) “ The purpose of planned developments is to encourage the efficient use of land and resources, to promote greater efficiency in public and utility services, and to encourage innovation in the planning, design and building of all types of development in the city.”

Your Responsibility: The Civic League will meet, discuss, and take a position. You are invited to participate in this process. Whether you agree or disagree with the eventual Civic League position, as an individual you can provide input to the Norfolk Planning Commission for their consideration during or prior to the public hearing on April 27th. Following the Planning Commission hearing, the request will go to the City Council which will consider it at one of their meetings. Here again, you can provide input and/or appear and speak for or against the zoning change and the stipulations that are included in the granting of the change.

Issues: During discussions the following issues have been discussed: Developer’s offer of public access to the waterfront walkway; Traffic; Stress on sewer system; Need for open space to absorb rainwater; Adequate parking; Amount of open space; Proposed height of structures; Design of structures; Density; Setbacks of buildings from property lines; Restriction on commercial (non-resident) use of facilities (health club, boat slips).

This project will have a major impact on Colonial Place and Riverview. Please work with the developers to make it a great success. The phone number for the developer, Site Improvement, is 671-9000. The phone number for Norfolk Department of Planning and Community Development is 664- 4752.



CPRV and Southland Corp
Malcolm Martin

The 7-11 stores at the intersections of 3800 Colley Avenue and 3800 Granby Avenue have long been a source of concern to many as litter-strewn places for troublemakers to congregate. Although the stores are situated on the border of CPRV, many of us are not comfortable shopping at them. It is the Crime Prevention Committee’s position that improving the stores’ security, in addition to making customers safer, may well make the surrounding area less attractive to criminals. The CPRV Crime Committee emailed suggestions to Mr. Philip Bradner, Manager for Southland’s Market 2511:
1) End the sale of single containers of alcoholic beverages;
2) End the sale of single cigars;
3) Allow no more than three minors unaccompanied by a parent in the store at a given time;
4) Put in place, and aggressively enforce, a zero-tolerance policy for loitering;
5) Increase uniformed security presence;
6) Improve the landscaping and general appearance around and in the stores; and
7) Pipe-in music of a calming nature. (This last point goes hand-in-hand with our Grime=Crime education initiative, part of which involves persuading property owners to improve the appearance of their properties. Studies show that troublemakers tend to congregate in areas that appear neglected.)

Responding by telephone, Mr. Bradner stated that Southland was satisfied with the security measures currently in place and that the only improvement in the offing is additional outdoor lighting, which he said would be in place by the end of May 2006. Two email messages and one phone message requesting that he explain in writing his reasons for rejecting the committee’s suggestions have gone unanswered.

A representative of Southland, Cindy Thurman, has agreed to attend the April 27, 2006, Crime Prevention Committee meeting. We urge anyone interested in this matter – and many have expressed opinions in re: the committee’s suggestions both pro and con – to attend this meeting and express their opinions. If you cannot attend the next Crime Prevention Meeting and have questions for Ms. Thurman, you may contact Malcolm Martin at: tidewatersurvey@aol.com and he will speak on your behalf.



RELAY FOR LIFE
Rachel Maize

In our last issue, we talked about the upcoming Relay for Life (June 2-3, 2006 at Lake Taylor High School), and requested a coordinator for CPRV residents interested supporting this worthy cause, celebrating survivorship of cancer and raising money for the American Cancer Society to save lives and empower survivors and others touched by cancer.

Ian Maize is a 28-year-old Navy pilot who has lived in CPRV for just over three years. He and his wife Rachel have one daughter (20 months) and a second child on the way. The Maizes have been a bright spot on the 600 block of New Jersey Avenue, always available to help out a neighbor with a project, or picking up litter along the streets of Colonial Place.  Earlier this year, Ian was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. He has had a successful surgery to remove the bulk of the tumor, and is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy to slow the re-growth of any remaining cancer. He continues to maintain an exceptionally positive attitude, and can regularly be seen walking the neighborhood, readily identifiable by his broad-brimmed hat, required to avoid sunburn during radiation treatments. 

A friend of the Maizes and fellow Navy pilot is creating a Relay for Life team in support of Ian and his family. CPRV is joining the effort. Please donate your time, running/walking ability, and/or financial resources. Contact Shannon Elingson at shannon.ellingson@navy.mil or 588-4331, and join or contribute to team A-Maize-ing!



COMMEMORATIVE BOOK
Artemis Stoll

The Colonial Place and Riverview of yesteryear will soon be captured in a commemorative pictorial history book lovely enough for your coffee table. The book -- a 72-page, hardback title with approximately 90 black and white photos and a dozen color shots -- will be produced by the Donning Company Publishers., which specializes in pictorial history publications for non-profit organizations. Sue VanHecke and Artemis Stoll, both CPRV residents, are spearheading the project and need your help to make it a success. The first order of business is to secure sponsorship funding. If you have ideas or contacts, please notify Sue VanHecke at: sweetgene@aol.com or Artemis Stoll at: feta2@verizon.net.



NEW PACE OFFICERS
Richelle Davies

Welcome to our two new PACE Officers, Officer Curtis Jackson and Officer Kari Horne elaborated on our new patrol division, specifically the Red Sector in which we live, and let us know that we have a sector patrol car dedicated to Colonial Place, Riverview, and upper Colley Avenue. Prior to the change, we shared a patrol car with Larchmont all the way to the Hampton Boulevard Bridge. Contact our PACE Officers: Officer Curtis Jackson: 831-3484 or email cjackson0140@cox.net; or Officer Kari Horn: 739-8994 or email kari.horne@norfolk.gov



Lights, Please
Richelle Davies

Walking down our streets in the evenings, I would love to see more porch lights on lighting my way through our wonderful neighborhood. Some neighbors, including myself, have expressed concern about how dark our streets appear when taking late-evening strolls.  Personally, I think my block looks creepy during the night (and I know that my block is one of the friendliest around). I frequently take notice that only 2-3 homes are lit, while the other dozen or so have no exterior lights on at all. Coming home during the night, this really makes it difficult to see much around my neighbor’s homes, especially since I like to be alert for suspicious criminal activities. Wouldn’t you want your neighbors or patrolling PACE officers to easily see suspicious activities occurring around your home?  Keeping porch lights on at night has also proven to deter criminals from targeting your home since their presence is made more visible. Let’s make our streets a lot more inviting to our neighbors, and a lot less inviting to criminals. It’s easy…just turn on your porch light before bed at night. Or, even better, purchase a screw-in, dusk-to-dawn, sensor adaptor from the hardware store for your light fixture. It’s simple to install, and inexpensive.



Dog park update
Elizabeth Masten

We seem to be having a drainage problem around the water pump in the dog park. I have notified the City about this & they will be trying a new method to try to help with this. The old system used a "french drainage system" which does not handle our needs. The City will be installing a drainage pipe which will run to a point outside the fence. The pipe will have drain holes along it. Hopefully this will work to suit our needs. After this is completed we will try to find more large railroad ties to line the water area, & will add more gravel. I would also like to garner input as to how we can put large pictures of dogs ( painted on wood or other materials) along the fence around the park. As I am not an artist I am asking that anyone out there who has had any experience with painted yard objects (either the artwork &/or woodwork) contact me at 622-6635 or e-mail me at elizabethmasten111@cox.net. Will wood stay durable if subjected to years of weather, or should we try other materials? I would like the dog figures along the fence to be large enough to be seen from the street. Does anyone have any ideas? And, lastly, I have been promised that a wood platform will be installed soon around the information kiosk in the dog park. We look forward to it.



Calendar

Monday, April 10th, 2006
2:15 p.m. - Senior’s Bowling Club - Contact 441-2109
7:00 p.m. - Civic League Meeting - Tabb’s Restaurant (4019 Granby)
Wednesday, April 12th, 2006
10:00 a.m. - CPRV Childrens Playgroup - Contact 624-6810
11:00 a.m. - 60+ Club - Oceanview Senior Center
Friday, April 14th, 2006
10:30 a.m. - Square Dancing - Oceanview Senior Center
7:00 p.m. - ODU Baseball - Contact 683-5484
Saturday, April 15th, 2006
9:00 a.m. - Easter Eggstravaganza (See Advertisement)
1:00 p.m. - d’Art Center’s Demos - Contact 625-4211
5:00 p.m. - ODU Baseball - Contact 683-5484
Sunday, April 16th, 2006
11:00 a.m. - ODU Baseball - Contact 683-5484
Monday, April 17th, 2006
2:15 p.m. - Senior’s Bowling Club - Contact 441-2109
7:00 p.m. - SPECIAL Civic League Meeting - Stuart Center
Wednesday, April 19th, 2006
10:00 a.m. - CPRV Childrens Playgroup - Contact 624-6810
11:00 a.m. - 60+ Club - Oceanview Senior Center
6:00 p.m. - ODU Baseball - Contact 683-5484
Friday, April 21st, 2006
10:30 a.m. - Square Dancing - Oceanview Senior Center
Saturday, April 22nd, 2006
1:00 p.m. - d’Art Center’s Demos - Contact 625-4211
7:30 p.m. - Virginia Beach Mariners Soccer - Contact 430-9800
Monday, April 24th, 2006
2:15 p.m. - Senior’s Bowling Club - Contact 441-2109
6:30 p.m. - Crime Prevention Meeting - Stuart Center
Wednesday, April 26th, 2006
10:00 a.m. - CPRV Childrens Playgroup - Contact 624-6810
11:00 a.m. - 60+ Club - Oceanview Senior Center
Friday, April 28th, 2006
10:30 a.m. - Square Dancing - Oceanview Senior Center
Saturday, April 29th, 2006
1:00 p.m. - d’Art Center’s Demos - Contact 625-4211

(Dates and Times subject to change without notice. Consult your local periodicals for additional information, costs and updates.)

Board Meetings are held on the Third Monday each month. These meetings are open to anyone. For more information contact the CPRV President.



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