Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Here’s the low-down on Tuesday’s City Council meeting

Renderings of the Virginia Beach Dome site development
Renderings of the Virginia Beach Dome site development. (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the City of Virginia Beach)

VIRGINIA BEACH — Tuesday’s City Council will usher in some new faces, discuss big-ticket development items, and take steps toward electing a new permanent city treasurer.

Here’s a breakdown.

City Council swear-in

The majority of City Council will take part in the ceremonial oath of office, as they officially sit together as a new council for the first time.

David Nygaard, Aarron Rouse, and Sabrina Wooten are all new City Council members, although Wooten — who replaced Mayor Bobby Dyer’s council seat in Centerville — took the oath of office in November when Dyer was sworn in as mayor.

Briefing on Dome Site term sheet

The newly-seated City Council will be briefed by Deputy City Manager Ron Williams on the city’s Dome Site project. The city and the developer, Venture Realty Group, recently authored a term sheet outlining possible terms of a deal on the project.

Virginia Beach's Entertainment District at the Oceanfront (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the City of Virginia Beach)
Virginia Beach’s Entertainment District at the Oceanfront (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the City of Virginia Beach)

The city hopes to revitalize the city’s Entertainment District at the Oceanfront with a mixed-use development of the site consisting of the Wavegarden Surf Park, a 3,500-seat live entertainment venue, retail spaces, as well as hundreds of residential units.

The Dome was a concert venue on 19th Street that was demolished in 1994. A deal for the development of the site deal isn’t complete just yet — the Virginia Beach Development Authority will vote on the proposal Jan. 15, and City Council will hold a public hearing and vote on the term sheet Jan. 15.

A development agreement would need to be negotiated, Williams said, and voted on before everything is a done deal. Williams said he anticipates a development agreement being voted on by June.

A copy of Williams’s briefing to council is available for more information.

Related story: New City Council could be the most diverse in Virginia Beach history

Another election coming

Council will direct City Attorney Mark Stiles to file a petition with the Circuit Court for a special election of city treasurer.

Leigh Henderson was sworn-in as acting-city treasurer on Dec. 28 after John Atkinson retired. If a special election is held on Nov. 5 — the same date as the general election — then petitions for candidates will be due 81 days before the election, Aug. 16.

Henderson has said she intends to run for the position.

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