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One visit to Portsmouth, Virginia and you’ll be hooked. Amble along our famous Seawall. Stroll through three centuries of historic neighborhoods. Go antiquing. Take in some art. Stand inside a giant soap bubble at the largest children’s museum in the state. And did we mention that Portsmouth is home to some of the most delightful restaurants in the region? Many of Portsmouth’s attractions are clus

One visit to Portsmouth, Virginia and you’ll be hooked. Amble along our famous Seawall. Stroll through three centuries of historic neighborhoods. Go antiquing. Take in some art. Stand inside a giant soap bubble at the largest children’s museum in the state. And did we mention that Portsmouth is home to some of the most delightful restaurants in the region? Many of Portsmouth’s attractions are clus

Operating as usual

05/11/2021
Virtual City Council Meeting

C I T Y C O U N C I L A G E N D A

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 5:00 p.m.
Virtual Meeting
Portsmouth, Virginia (Facebook Live)

CALL TO ORDER

ROLL CALL

MINUTES (Roll Call)

*CITY COUNCIL RULES REQUIRE A LIMIT OF UP TO FIVE (5) MINUTES TO SPEAK*

PUBLIC HEARING

21 - 140 - Public hearing on use permit and rezoning applications:

(a) UP-21-04 PRENTIS PLACE - Robert C. Barclay, IV, Esquire, on behalf of Safe Harbor Behavioral Health, LLC, requests a Use Permit for a residential drug and alcohol treatment facility at 1819 Elm Avenue. The property is zoned Neighborhood Mixed Use, NMU. The Build One Portsmouth Comprehensive Plan recommends mixed residential development. Planning Commission recommends approval with conditions. (Roll Call Vote)

(b) UP-21-05 GEORGE WASHINGTON HIGHWAY COMMERCIAL CORRIDOR - Wayne Cummins requests a Use Permit for a Light Manufacturing business consisting of a metal fabrication shop and warehouse at 3409 George Washington Highway. The property is zoned General Mixed Use, GMU. The Build One Portsmouth Comprehensive Plan recommends commercial development. Planning Commission recommends approval with conditions. (Roll Call Vote)

(c) Z-21-01 VICTORY VILLAGE - Stephen R. Romine, on behalf of the Economic Development Authority, is requesting to rezone approximately 56.916 acres at 3560 Victory Blvd., 0 Campus Dr., 0 Victory Blvd., 0 Village Way, 111 Campus Dr., 0 Freedom Ave., 271 Freedom Ave., 175 Freedom Ave., and 3606 Victory Blvd. to an entertainment overlay district within the High Intensity Mixed-Use (MU-H) zoning district. The Future Land Use Map of the Build One Portsmouth Comprehensive Plan designates this property for Mixed-Use Employment. The property is owned by the Economic Development Authority. Planning Commission recommends approval. (Roll Call Vote)

(d) UP-21-06 VICTORY VILLAGE - Stephen R. Romine, on behalf of the Economic Development Authority, is requesting a Use Permit for a casino gaming establishment on the approximately 38.74-acre property at 3560 Victory Blvd., 0 Campus Dr., 0 Victory Blvd., 0 Village Way., 111 Campus Dr., and 3606 Victory Blvd. in the High Intensity Mixed-Use (MU-H) zoning district. The Future Land Use Map of the Build One Portsmouth Comprehensive Plan designates this property for Mixed-Use Employment. The property is owned by the Economic Development Authority. Planning Commission recommends approval with conditions. (Roll Call Vote)

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(e) UP-21-07 VICTORY VILLAGE - Stephen R. Romine, on behalf of the Economic Development Authority, is requesting a Use Permit for a full service hotel on the approximately 38.74-acre property at 3560 Victory Blvd, 0 Campus Dr., 0 Victory Blvd., 0 Village Way., 111 Campus Dr., and 3606 Victory Blvd. in the High Intensity Mixed-Use (MU-H) zoning district. The Future Land Use Map of the Build One Portsmouth Comprehensive Plan designates this property for Mixed-Use Employment. The property is owned by the Economic Development Authority. Planning Commission recommends approval with conditions. (Roll Call Vote)

CITY MANAGER’S REPORT

21-141 Adoption of ordinances to appropriate the total sum of $707,316,010 for the operation of the City Government for Fiscal Year 2022 for the following areas: City Operating Budget -- $461,405,625; Capital Improvement Fund $27,737,000; Parking Authority Capital Improvement Fund -- $100,000; and Portsmouth Public Schools Operating Budget –
$ 218,073,385.

a) Adoption of an ordinance to amend and re-enact ordinance No. 2020-32 to impose and levy taxes for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2021 and ending June 30, 2022, on real estate, tangible personal property, privately-owned pleasure boats, privately-owned camping trailers and motor homes, and machinery and tools within the City of Portsmouth, Virginia, for the purpose of raising revenue for the support of governmental operations and the public free schools and to pay principal and interest on the public debt. The ordinance re-ordains the current tax on real estate and public service corporations at $1.30 on each $100.00 assessed valuation. (Roll Call Vote)

b) Adoption of an ordinance to amend Appendix A of the Code of the City of Portsmouth, Virginia (2006) to increase monthly stormwater utility fees as of July 1, 2021 as authorized by Section 31.2-26 of said Code. (Roll Call Vote)

c) Adoption of an ordinance to amend Appendix A of the Code of the City of Portsmouth, Virginia (2006) to increase rates for water and sewage services as authorized by sections 38-83 and 38-117 of said Code. (Roll Call Vote)

d) Adoption of an ordinance approving the Fiscal Year 2022-2026 Capital Improvement Program and appropriating $27,737,000 in the Fiscal Year 2022 Capital Improvement Fund and $100,000 in the Fiscal Year 2022 Parking Authority Capital Improvement Fund. (Roll Call Vote)

e) Adoption of an ordinance approving the Fiscal Year 2022 Operating Budget for the Portsmouth Public School System in the amount of $218,073,385 and appropriating the necessary funds to implement said budget for the Fiscal Year 2022. (Roll Call Vote)

f) Adoption of an ordinance adopting the FY 2022 Classification and Pay Plan for Employees of the City of Portsmouth, Virginia. (Roll Call Vote)

g) Adoption of an ordinance to appropriate $461,405,625 for the operation of city government during the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2021. (Roll Call Vote)

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NEW BUSINESS

21-142 Boards and Commissions (Roll Call Vote)
21-143 Items Submitted by Council Members
21-144 Report on Pending Items
21-145 Non-Agenda Speakers

ADJOURNMENT

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#GetFloodFluent #HurricanePrep #HurricaneStrong

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#GetFloodFluent #HurricanePrep #HurricaneStrong

TCC is holding a college-wide open house Saturday, May 15. Find details below. Reserve your space today at www.tcc.edu/o...
05/11/2021

TCC is holding a college-wide open house Saturday, May 15. Find details below. Reserve your space today at www.tcc.edu/open . . .

TCC is holding a college-wide open house Saturday, May 15. Find details below. Reserve your space today at www.tcc.edu/open . . .

Join us in observing National Bike Month with a Lunchtime Bike Ride Friday, May 21, from noon to 1 p.m. Bring your bike ...
05/11/2021

Join us in observing National Bike Month with a Lunchtime Bike Ride Friday, May 21, from noon to 1 p.m. Bring your bike and join the fun. Ride begins at Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion. Riders 15 & younger must wear helmets. Register at portsmouthparks.com or on site.

Join us in observing National Bike Month with a Lunchtime Bike Ride Friday, May 21, from noon to 1 p.m. Bring your bike and join the fun. Ride begins at Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion. Riders 15 & younger must wear helmets. Register at portsmouthparks.com or on site.

Good day to you, Portsmouth. Got a good friend in your life? Be grateful for friendship. Today's inspiration . . .
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Good day to you, Portsmouth. Got a good friend in your life? Be grateful for friendship. Today's inspiration . . .

Good day to you, Portsmouth. Got a good friend in your life? Be grateful for friendship. Today's inspiration . . .

Monday, May 10: Know your risk & your zone. Hurricanes bring heavy rainfall, tornadoes, strong wind, storm surge, and fl...
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Monday, May 10: Know your risk & your zone. Hurricanes bring heavy rainfall, tornadoes, strong wind, storm surge, and flooding. When preparing for a hurricane, it is important to “Know Your Zone.” The Virginia Department of Emergency Management has a tool to help you find which evacuation zone (A-D) you are in. Check it out at the link below and visit GetFloodFluent.org to learn more about flood risk in Hampton Roads and how you can protect your property with flood insurance. https://www.vaemergency.gov/hurricane-evacuation-zone-lookup/
#GetFloodFluent #HurricanePrep #HurricaneStrong

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#GetFloodFluent #HurricanePrep #HurricaneStrong

For taxpayers who would like to appeal their personal property assessments, Drive-thru Appeals will be conducted on Satu...
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For taxpayers who would like to appeal their personal property assessments, Drive-thru Appeals will be conducted on Saturday, May 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The location will be 200 County Street in the County Street Garage. For more info, call 757-393-8480.

For taxpayers who would like to appeal their personal property assessments, Drive-thru Appeals will be conducted on Saturday, May 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The location will be 200 County Street in the County Street Garage. For more info, call 757-393-8480.

Mark your calendars for this upcoming Portsmouth City Council Virtual Meeting Tuesday, May 11, beginning at 5 p.m. The P...
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Mark your calendars for this upcoming Portsmouth City Council Virtual Meeting Tuesday, May 11, beginning at 5 p.m. The Public Work Session begins at 4 p.m. Please note the change in start time. View the meeting on the web, Facebook and PCTV. Find details here . . .

Mark your calendars for this upcoming Portsmouth City Council Virtual Meeting Tuesday, May 11, beginning at 5 p.m. The Public Work Session begins at 4 p.m. Please note the change in start time. View the meeting on the web, Facebook and PCTV. Find details here . . .

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Rise and shine, Portsmouth family! It's Monday. Get those projects in order and get 'em done. Here's a little inspiration . . .

Sunday, May 9 begins National Hurricane Preparedness Week. This week, GetFloodFluent.org is participating in National Hu...
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Sunday, May 9 begins National Hurricane Preparedness Week. This week, GetFloodFluent.org is participating in National Hurricane Preparedness Week. Hurricanes and tropical storms are among nature’s most powerful and destructive phenomena. Hampton Roads is often in the cross-hairs of these powerful storms so being prepared is key. Be prepared and go into hurricane season with confidence. #GetFloodFluent #HurricanePrep #HurricaneStrong

Sunday, May 9 begins National Hurricane Preparedness Week. This week, GetFloodFluent.org is participating in National Hurricane Preparedness Week. Hurricanes and tropical storms are among nature’s most powerful and destructive phenomena. Hampton Roads is often in the cross-hairs of these powerful storms so being prepared is key. Be prepared and go into hurricane season with confidence. #GetFloodFluent #HurricanePrep #HurricaneStrong

Top of the morning, Portsmouth. Happy Mother's Day to all of the mothers and mother figures. We appreciate all that you ...
05/09/2021

Top of the morning, Portsmouth. Happy Mother's Day to all of the mothers and mother figures. We appreciate all that you are and all that you do.

Top of the morning, Portsmouth. Happy Mother's Day to all of the mothers and mother figures. We appreciate all that you are and all that you do.

Happy weekend, Portsmouth! Take time to enjoy your surroundings. Make it a great day.
05/08/2021

Happy weekend, Portsmouth! Take time to enjoy your surroundings. Make it a great day.

Happy weekend, Portsmouth! Take time to enjoy your surroundings. Make it a great day.

Come to Olde Towne for the Spring Market and find a selection of crafts, gifts, vintage items and collectibles. While in...
05/08/2021

Come to Olde Towne for the Spring Market and find a selection of crafts, gifts, vintage items and collectibles. While in Olde Towne, dine at one of the many chef-owned restaurants. For more info, call 757-405-3500 or visit www.oldetowneportsmouth.com.

Come to Olde Towne for the Spring Market and find a selection of crafts, gifts, vintage items and collectibles. While in Olde Towne, dine at one of the many chef-owned restaurants. For more info, call 757-405-3500 or visit www.oldetowneportsmouth.com.

Mark your calendars for this upcoming Portsmouth City Council Virtual Meeting Tuesday, May 11, beginning at 5 p.m. The P...
05/07/2021

Mark your calendars for this upcoming Portsmouth City Council Virtual Meeting Tuesday, May 11, beginning at 5 p.m. The Public Work Session begins at 4 p.m. Please note the change in start time. View the meeting on the web, Facebook and PCTV. Find details here . . .

Mark your calendars for this upcoming Portsmouth City Council Virtual Meeting Tuesday, May 11, beginning at 5 p.m. The Public Work Session begins at 4 p.m. Please note the change in start time. View the meeting on the web, Facebook and PCTV. Find details here . . .

Wishing you the best for the day ahead, Portsmouth.
05/07/2021

Wishing you the best for the day ahead, Portsmouth.

Wishing you the best for the day ahead, Portsmouth.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Lane closure at County St. WB (Outside Lane) between Effingham St. & Chestnut St. May 7 - May 11 - 7 a.m....
05/07/2021

TRAFFIC ALERT: Lane closure at County St. WB (Outside Lane) between Effingham St. & Chestnut St. May 7 - May 11 - 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Woda Cooper Companies Inc. working on site. For more info, call the Department of Engineering at (757) 393-8592.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Lane closure at County St. WB (Outside Lane) between Effingham St. & Chestnut St. May 7 - May 11 - 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Woda Cooper Companies Inc. working on site. For more info, call the Department of Engineering at (757) 393-8592.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Lane closure at County St. WB (Outside Lane) between Effingham St. & Chestnut St. May 7 - May 11 - 7 a.m....
05/06/2021

TRAFFIC ALERT: Lane closure at County St. WB (Outside Lane) between Effingham St. & Chestnut St. May 7 - May 11 - 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Woda Cooper Companies Inc. working on site. For more info, call the Department of Engineering at (757) 393-8592.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Lane closure at County St. WB (Outside Lane) between Effingham St. & Chestnut St. May 7 - May 11 - 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Woda Cooper Companies Inc. working on site. For more info, call the Department of Engineering at (757) 393-8592.

Currently open to Portsmouth high schoolers and recent graduates in partnership with the Hampton Roads Workforce Council...
05/06/2021

Currently open to Portsmouth high schoolers and recent graduates in partnership with the Hampton Roads Workforce Council. Earn a tax-free stipend while learning job-ready green landscaping skills at Paradise Creek Nature Park.
Meet mentors and have fun outdoors on Wednesdays and Saturdays from July 7 - August 28, 20 hours per week. To apply, contact Chelta Wray, [email protected].

Currently open to Portsmouth high schoolers and recent graduates in partnership with the Hampton Roads Workforce Council. Earn a tax-free stipend while learning job-ready green landscaping skills at Paradise Creek Nature Park.
Meet mentors and have fun outdoors on Wednesdays and Saturdays from July 7 - August 28, 20 hours per week. To apply, contact Chelta Wray, [email protected].

Registration for the Virtual 2021 Torch Run is open!  Registration is $25 and includes the 2021 Torch Run t-shirt, desig...
05/06/2021

Registration for the Virtual 2021 Torch Run is open! Registration is $25 and includes the 2021 Torch Run t-shirt, designed by Northern Virginian athlete, Forrest. Participants who raise an additional $75 will earn a finisher’s medal also designed by Forrest. The goal is to raise $125,000 and to cover 22,000 miles statewide, one mile for each Special Olympics Virginia athlete. To register and/or donate, click on the following link: LETR-Portsmouth PD

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, participants are encouraged to log their miles for the event through their personal walk, run and biking activities versus formal organized runs. We hope that participants will get creative when logging their miles, wearing their Torch Run t-shirt and creating their own “torches” to symbolize the carrying of the Flame of Hope in support of the athletes of Special Olympics Virginia. Videos and photos of participants can be posted on social media using the hashtag #22000forSOVA for the chance to be featured in the virtual Opening Ceremony on Saturday, June 12, at 2:00 p.m.

For additional information, please contact Captain Chad Bennett at [email protected] or visit www.specialolympicsva.org

Registration for the Virtual 2021 Torch Run is open! Registration is $25 and includes the 2021 Torch Run t-shirt, designed by Northern Virginian athlete, Forrest. Participants who raise an additional $75 will earn a finisher’s medal also designed by Forrest. The goal is to raise $125,000 and to cover 22,000 miles statewide, one mile for each Special Olympics Virginia athlete. To register and/or donate, click on the following link: LETR-Portsmouth PD

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, participants are encouraged to log their miles for the event through their personal walk, run and biking activities versus formal organized runs. We hope that participants will get creative when logging their miles, wearing their Torch Run t-shirt and creating their own “torches” to symbolize the carrying of the Flame of Hope in support of the athletes of Special Olympics Virginia. Videos and photos of participants can be posted on social media using the hashtag #22000forSOVA for the chance to be featured in the virtual Opening Ceremony on Saturday, June 12, at 2:00 p.m.

For additional information, please contact Captain Chad Bennett at [email protected] or visit www.specialolympicsva.org

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Portsmouth, VA
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Who is suppose to check messages??
Standing by for the council work session at 4 PM.
The Circuit Court Clerk Record Room is closed until Monday January 25?? Really?
When someone at the Portsmouth Health Department forgets to change the name of the city they stole from their website 🤦🏼🤣🤦🏼🤣🤦🏼
I am the Medical Director, LPN for 5 Star Residential Care in Chesapeake, Virginia. I have been with the company since the beginning, actually 4 years. We are presently redesigning a large 8 bedroom home in Chesapeake. We will be able to house high medical residents. We are accepting individuals with Ventilators, Trachs and J/G Tubes. If you aware of any individuals with ID Medicaid Waivers please call me. My number is 757-620-1404. We are hiring immediately for Licensed Practical Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants for the new home Thank You Steve Tears Medical Director 5 Star Residential
Portsmouth needs to post a cop here in the morning for people making illegal turns.
FIRED your police chief - a highly competent, black woman - for applying the law to criminals!!!????? WOW!! Good luck with that. What a bunch of FOOLS!
What ever happened to the water taxi?!?! The owner's name was Squire I believe....
Waiting for the link to appear magically.
These politicians running Hampton Roads need to be shown the door. All of them. Both of my buses home are not running, because its a Sunday, and apparently its still the 1950s in Hampton Roads. Like, no one has to go anywhere on a Sunday?! Dafuq is wrong with ya’ll.
Good afternoon Portsmouth. In the wake of covid 19 and potential long lines, would it be possible to get drop off ballot boxes at voting precincts to encourage social distancing and for those who may not have access to the drop box at city hall?
Where's the link for the special virtual called meeting at noon today?