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Letter: Oppose Harvest Farms, a turning point for Virginia Beach

Dear Editor: I am a Pungo resident, an athlete, a 3-acre mini farmer, a mom, a wife of a retired Navy serviceperson and a former business owner who is passionate about the outdoors. I live on one of the streets… Continue Reading

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Pungo: Committee input on hold while Harvest Farms ‘agrihood’ plan revised

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — An advisory body that reviews projects in the transition area between the suburban north and rural south of Virginia Beach is holding off on making a recommendation about the planned Harvest Farms subdivision near… Continue Reading

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Farmer John: There are some good ideas and reasons for concern regarding an ‘agrihood’ in Pungo

[Updated on Sept. 22] Ed. — The developers of Harvest Farms are in the process of redesigning the proposal, including its density. The revised project may go to the Virginia Beach Planning Commission in November, though that is not certain. BY… Continue Reading

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Agriculture: I am a 12th generation farmer who knows killing the ARP threatens our industry

BY SCOTT MORRIS PLEASANT RIDGE — I am a 12th-generation farmer of land in the Pungo area, and I would like for my son to have the option of being the 13th.   We sat at the Virginia Beach Excellence in Agriculture… Continue Reading

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Letter: Ending farmland preservation in rural communities a dishonest idea

Dear Editor: Virginia Beach City Manager Dave Hansen believes that the agricultural reserve program, or ARP, is no longer needed. That statement in itself should set off flares.  Remember that City Councilmember Barbara Henley, who represents the Princess Anne District,… Continue Reading

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Citing unfinished business, Henley seeks reelection in Princess Anne District in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – Councilmember Barbara Henley, a farmer who first joined the Virginia Beach City Council four decades ago and an advocate for land preservation and limiting rural development, says she is running again this year to… Continue Reading

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Spore’s long career as Virginia Beach manager ending, but a regional role remains ahead

BY JOSH WHITENER COURTHOUSE — City Manager Jim Spore, who will retire on Jan. 1, attributes many of his accomplishments to the others that helped make them happen.  “I’m a believer that if you create a vision and a plan to achieve… Continue Reading