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Henley: Virginia Beach must save the agricultural reserve program due to, not despite, concern about flooding

BY BARBARA HENLEY VIRGINIA BEACH — We’ve come to take our agricultural reserve program for granted. Time has passed and there has been a lot of turnover of people, so the value of it is not fully understood. Our ARP was… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach city manager proposes ending agricultural reserve program, shifting funds to flooding projects

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Virginia Beach City Manager Dave Hansen wants to end the agricultural reserve program, which buys development rights so farmers can continue to work their land, and put that money toward flooding. The ARP, as it… Continue Reading

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Acres & Dollars: Virginia Beach may tap land preservation funding

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – The proposed city budget shifts about a quarter of the designated tax funding from the agricultural reserve program, leaving roughly $3.3 million for payments per year owed to owners of already protected acres, run the program,… Continue Reading