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Plans for Harvest Farms development near Pungo changing following concern from public, advisory bodies

Ed. — A version of this story originally appeared in print in August. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Harvest Farms, a mixed-use development proposed for two properties in the heart of Pungo, faces opposition regarding the amount of housing and commercial… Continue Reading

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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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Public gets look at development that may change the face of Pungo; advisory group that sought changes poised to oppose project

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – Members of the public met in recent weeks with developers of Harvest Farms, a mixed-use subdivision that could significantly change the Pungo area by bringing new housing and commerce to areas near the rural… Continue Reading

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Letter: Asking developer of Harvest Farms to revise plan does not mean committee has decided to support it

Dear Editor,  In response to the article on Harvest Farms subdivision proposal, which was presented to the Transition Area/Interfacility Traffic Area Citizen’s Advisory Committee on Thursday, July 5: The committee requested that the applicant return with a plan in keeping… Continue Reading

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Plans for Harvest Farms development near Pungo spark concerns; meetings with public scheduled

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Members of an advisory committee for projects within the transition area between the Virginia Beach’s suburban north and the rural south balked at plans for an “agrihood” project that could change the face of Pungo,… 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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Virginia Beach’s transition area intended to be a buffer between suburban and rural development

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — The transition area is a section of the city below the “green line” between urban and suburban development and the southern rural areas of the city, according to the city’s comprehensive plan. It is, in… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach farming industry saw overall growth, some changes in past year; budget anticipates restored agricultural reserve program dollars

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Agriculture in Virginia Beach had an estimated $124.6 million economic impact in 2016, an increase of $3.8 million or 3.1 percent from the previous year, according to the local cooperative extension office. The estimate from… Continue Reading