Tuesday’s City Council meeting brought developments to several major issues. Here’s what happened

VIRGINIA BEACH — Tuesday’s City Council meeting brought developments to several issues followed by Southside Daily, including a special election for the Beach District seat, amendments to Virginia Beach Development Authority policy, and the sale of land near Tidewater Community College for the construction of a hotel.

Here’s how council voted, and what’s next:

  • Council directed City Attorney Mark Stiles to file a petition with the Circuit Court of Virginia Beach to hold a special election on Nov. 5, during the general election, to fill the City Council seat for the Beach District. City council has until until May 3 to appoint an interim-member of council.
    • After being elected to City Council in November 2018, David Nygaard was removed after a three-judge panel ruled he did not meet the residency requirements to run for office. The term for the Beach District seat will expire Dec. 31, 2022, Vice-Mayor Jim Wood said.

Related story: David Nygaard no longer on City Council after judges rule in lawsuit

  • Council voted unanimously to amend the Economic Development Investment Program policy. The EDIP is a grant program administered on behalf of the city by the Virginia Beach Development Authority. In November 2018, City Auditor Lyndon Remis released a report which contained 12 recommended changes to their policies. Half of the recommendations pertained to the EDIP, which required council’s approval to be implemented.
    • Moving forward, Development Authority commissioners will re-vote if a company cannot meet its original investment requirements, which will keep the public informed of any changes.
    • Other changes to EDIP policies include clarifying the definition of “capital investment,” and making the Development Authority’s discretion more explicit in determining what meets that definition, according to the agenda.
    • To read through the full audit report of the Development Authority and the proposed changes to the EDIP policy, click here.

Related story: Development Authority has great accounting, but should return unused money, report says

  • City Council approved the sale of 6.4 acres adjacent to Tidewater Community College on Princess Anne Road for the development of a hotel and restaurant. The city was slated to vote March 5 on the sale of land to Harmony Hospitality, but Councilwoman Sabrina Wooten objected, noting concerns from residents and her desire, as a new member of council to be fully educated on the development before voting.
    • After a town hall Monday to discuss the development, Wooten along with eight other council members voted to approve the development. Councilman John Moss was the only member of council to vote against the sale.
    • According to council’s agenda, Harmony will have 18 months from the start of construction to complete the project.

Related story: TCC hotel development back on track after stalled negotiations

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An extensive writing background and love of storytelling brought Joshua Weinstein to Southside Daily in 2017. You can find him reporting on Virginia Beach City Government, major land developments, and anything in the public interest.