Editorial: Virginia Beach City Council betrayed farmers and its own land use ideals — for tourism

Ed. — From the Sunday, Sept. 6, print edition. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS BACK BAY — False steps large and small by Virginia Beach’s government and people who advise it led to the City Council decision this past month to permit Wolfe… Continue Reading


Comprehensive plan meeting for public feedback tonight at Ruritan complex

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — The city will hold a meeting in Creeds tonight to seek public comment and assessment of the proposed update to the comprehensive plan, a policy document on development, traffic and environmental issues, among other topics.… Continue Reading


With few closings due to low interest rates, city aims to make reserve program a stronger option for farmers

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — City officials are working to offset interest rates to encourage participation in the Agricultural Reserve Program, which pays farmers for development rights but has been in a slump due to low interest rates. A proposal… Continue Reading