The recent crash of US Navy F/A-18D Hornet from VFA-106 into
an apartment building in Virginia Beach
raises the question: Is there already too much encroachment around Naval Air Station
Read our coverage here and here
It's never a smart idea to build residential buildings near a busy airport or a busy military airfield, but this issue has come up before for Oceana. And it will continue to pop-up around the country. MCAS Miramar near San Diego immediately comes to mind as a prime example.
Take a look at this timeline laid out by YesOceana.com. It's possible there is already too much encroachment.
July 19, 2005
The BRAC commission votes to add NAS Oceana to the list of base closures.
August 4, 2005
Federal, State, and City of Virginia Beach leaders appear before the BRAC commission to defend NAS Oceana.
August 24, 2005
The BRAC commission votes to maintain NAS Oceana if Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and the Commonwealth of Virginia commit to appropriate money to stop encroachment within APZ-1 by March 2006.
December 20, 2005
Virginia Beach City Council adopts plan for compliance with BRAC Commission decision and begins meeting the terms of the BRAC order.
February 14, 2006
Virginia Beach City Council adopted a zoning ordinance amendment to include clear zones as part of the APZ-1 Use and Acquisition Plan.
March 28, 2006
Virginia Beach adopts ordinances to:
* Allow certain uses as principle uses in APZ-1
* Amend the Airport Noise Attenuation and Safety Ordinance regarding avigation easements on property within Air Installment Compatible Use Zones (AICUZ)
* Establish the APZ-1 Property Exemption District
* Establish the APZ-1 Technology/Business Opportunity Zone
* Amend plan to include principles guiding the voluntary conversion of nonconforming uses to conforming uses in APZ-1
March 31, 2006
The City of Virginia Beach presents the plan to the BRAC Commission to stop and roll back development around NAS Oceana. A plan that meets and exceeds the BRAC intent quicker, more effectively and at a lower cost.
One would hope that whatever the city managed to roll-back, that it is sufficient.