The recent crash of US Navy F/A-18D Hornet from VFA-106 intoan apartment building in Virginia Beachraises the question: Is there already too much encroachment around Naval Air StationOceana?
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It’s never a smart idea to build residential buildings neara busy airport or a busy military airfield, but this issue has come up beforefor Oceana. And it will continue to pop-up around the country. MCAS Miramarnear San Diego immediatelycomes to mind as a prime example.
Take a look at this timeline laid out by YesOceana.com. It’spossible there is already too much encroachment.
July 19, 2005
The BRAC commission votes to add NAS Oceanato the list of base closures.
August 4, 2005
Federal, State, and City of Virginia Beach leadersappear before the BRAC commission to defend NAS Oceana.
August 24, 2005
The BRAC commission votes to maintain NASOceana if Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and the Commonwealth of Virginia committo appropriate money to stop encroachment within APZ-1 by March 2006.
December 20, 2005
Virginia Beach CityCouncil adopts plan for compliance with BRAC Commission decision and beginsmeeting the terms of the BRAC order.
February 14, 2006
Virginia Beach City Council adopted a zoning ordinanceamendment 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 usesin APZ-1
* Amend the Airport Noise Attenuationand Safety Ordinance regarding avigation easements on property within AirInstallment Compatible Use Zones (AICUZ)
* Establish the APZ-1 PropertyExemption District
* Establish the APZ-1Technology/Business Opportunity Zone
* Amend plan to include principlesguiding the voluntary conversion of nonconforming uses to conforming uses inAPZ-1
March 31, 2006
The City of Virginia Beach presents the plan to the BRACCommission to stop and roll back development around NAS Oceana. A plan thatmeets 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.