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.
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.
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.