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The Other Dirty Little Secret

This is the deception that Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms (aka Mr. TowneBank) and Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne ( aubrey.layne@governor.virginia.gov) KNOW and perpetuate.

 

The other dirty little secret is that about 4.25 miles of the 10.6-mile ROW that Sessoms purchased for $40 million back in 2010…is under severe BRAC restrictions and will not/can not be used for economic development, nor can you even run a train through the two “Clear” zones that intersect the ROW!  Fully 40% of the ROW cannot even be used for Light Rail because of BRAC restrictions.

This is the deception that Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms (aka Mr. TowneBank) and Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne ( aubrey.layne@governor.virginia.gov) KNOW and perpetuate.

Go to Article 18 of the City’s Zoning Ordinance, scroll down to Table 2, then scroll through that table and see the list of things you cannot have in a “Clear” zone and what you can’t build in APZ-1.  HERE 

Please see the attached map from the APZ-1 Master Plan and also a page from the Hilltop Strategic Growth Area Plan. In the first map, I’ve highlighted in yellow the approximate 4.25 miles of unusable ROW, the 2nd map is a bit more of a closeup.  You can’t build in most of these areas, and in two specific “Clear” areas, you cannot even run a train through it.

BRAC – Unusable ROW for Light Rail

Page 8 from Hilltop SGA

Under the BRAC ordinance, for many years the City and State together spent $15 million per year to purchase and demolish homes and other properties and reduce population density in these same areas.  To now claim this entire ROW will be reserved for future MASS TRANSIT is a bald-faced lie.

Know the false narrative and how it’s used to convince you. It’s all about funding someone else’s business with YOUR MONEY! (PPP) Private Public Partnership 

    

Do you think the rest of the Virginia Beach legislators know this? Let’s make sure they do. No more lies no more tricks, no more legislators thinking we don’t know too, and NO MORE LIGHT RAIL. Copy and paste this article and send to their emails below. Then they’ve been told.

Virginia Beach House of Representatives:

Delegate Glenn Davis Jr.      804-698-1084          delgdavis@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Barry D. Knight     804-698-1081          delbknight@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Jason Miyares       804-698-1082         deljmiyares@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Chris P. Stolle M.D.  804-698-1083           delcstolle@house.virginia.gov

Delegate Ron A. Villanueva 804-698-1021          delrvillanueva@house.virginia.gov (Chairman of Transportation in the House)

Virginia Beach Senators:

Senator John A.cosgrove    804-698-7514           district14@senate.virginia.gov

Senator Bill DeSteph           804-698-7508            district08@senate.virginia.gov

Senator Frank W. Wagner  804-698-7507             district07@senate.virginia.gov

By |2017-01-26T09:51:05-05:00January 25th, 2017|

About the Author:

Waverly Woods
I became an activist when Barack Obama became president. I joined the Republican Party and many conservative groups looking for a way to restore our Republic with no prevail until the TEA Party. I am blessed with one son that was born and raised in Virginia as I was. I consider Virginia my Tara and make no apologies about how I will fight to save it.