Fall 2017 BULLETIN

Dear Neighbors,

We trust that the holidays were merry and bright for you all - and that you’re days since haven’t been too eventful with the winter weather.  A recap of the 2017 civic league activity will be forthcoming after the annual meeting.  This bulletin will highlight three items of new business, two with action requests, which are:

1)  Reminder:

The PAHCL Annual Meeting and Social Hour will be Sunday, February 11, 2018 from 3:15-5:00pm at the A.R.E. on 67th St. We hope to see you there! Refreshments will be served after a brief meeting, during which topics concerning the civic league during 2017 and those to be carried in 2018 will be reported, and new officers will be elected. The proposed 2018 slate of officers is as follows:

President - David Ware
Vice-President - Kyle Korte
Treasurer - Molly Ford
Secretary - Camilla Savin

Street Representatives:
Discovery - Tom Johnson
Susan Constant - Kevin Hartz
Goodspeed - Betsy Roberts

At-Large Members:
Kate Michaels - Past President
Michelle Laborde
Kari Jacobs
Mike Byrnes

2) Sea Level Rise, Flooding and Drainage: 

a) In the Late Fall Bulletin, you may recall a schedule was posted for several Interactive Sea Level Rise (SLR) /Recurrent Flooding and Drainage Workshops. Each workshop provides an overview of what is being done citywide as well as within each watershed area with regard to these issues. The workshop for our watershed was held in December, however, there are a number of workshops left and residents are encouraged to attend any workshop regardless of its location. City and consultant staff will be available to address any questions you may have regardless of where you live or work and the workshop you attend. These workshops were coordinated by the Miles Agency on behalf of the Dewberry Consulting Team/Old Dominion University, working with the Department of Public Works and the City of Virginia Beach. It is good to see that our City is taking the issues of Sea Level Rise seriously, assessing flood impact and issues as we continue to have more severe storms on a regular basis. They are currently doing the Comprehensive SLR Study Approach.

The goal: Produce information and strategies that will enable Virginia Beach to establish long - term resilience to sea level rise and associated recurrent flooding.

Outcomes: *A full understanding of flood risk and anticipated changes over planning and infrastructure time horizons

                *Risk-informed strategies, including engineered protection and policy reduce short and long-term impacts

                *City-wide and watershed “action plans” for strategy implementation

                *A fine-tuned public outreach process to advance resilience initiatives.  

Below you will find the schedule for the remaining workshops.  In addition you can learn more about this project at

the City of Virginia Beach website page located here:  At the end of the page is a survey on this issue in which we encourage you to participate; a direct link to the survey is also below.

Public Interactive Sea Level Rise/Recurrent Flooding Workshop ODU & Dewberry Confirmed locations:

12/4/17      6 - 8 p.m.   Kempsville High School

12/6/17      6 - 8 p.m.   Cox High School

12/11/17    6 - 8 p.m.   Cooke Elementary

1/17/18      6 - 8 p.m.   Landstown High School

1/22/18      6 - 8 p.m.   Kellam High School

1/25/18      6 - 8 p.m.   Princess Anne High School

1/29/18      6 - 8 p.m.   Bayside High School

b) In addition as part of this ongoing, city-wide project, area civic leagues including ours have been asked by The Miles Agency and RTI, a nonprofit research company partnering with the Department of Homeland Security, to enlist the help of their residents in the collection of important data by completing two surveys relating to the growing threat of Sea Level Rise, and our area's recurring flooding/drainage issues.  The surveys are completely voluntary and confidential. The information you provide will be analyzed only within these agencies conducting the surveys. The PAHCL Drainage Committee has been working closely with the City Operations department on a process for addressing the serious drainage issues on Goodspeed Road, and the hope is that a higher than average participation in one or both of these surveys by Princess Anne Hills neighbors will send a clear message to the City that our expressed concerns for Goodspeed Road drainage issues warrant a more timely response, at least. We must be proactive to increase attention and future support from the City. The drainage problem may affect Goodspeed Rd directly, but it affects the entire neighborhood indirectly as property sales prices in Princess Anne Hills continue to decline and lag behind comparable neighborhoods in the Northern corner of Virginia Beach. Not only does the drainage issue affect property values, more importantly it significantly hinders service by emergency vehicles should they be needed during periods of standing water.

Our City government needs to know we consider this issue to be within its realm of address. Please feel free to direct any questions regarding either of the surveys to Michelle Laborde (757-469-6389), Mike Byrnes (757-434-3200), or Kate Michaels (757-472-4949).

Thank you in advance for your participation.


SURVEY LINK  #2 and letter  (from Sarah Ray of RTI International):


Related to the SLR/Flooding and Drainage point above, one of the resilience initiatives the City is going to begin in March 2018 is an Adopt-A-Drain program. While not a solution to our somewhat unique drainage system in PAH, we encourage all PAH residents to embrace this effort whether by officially adopting a drain or by simply following the guidelines provided by the city at the following link. It would show good will with the city if our drains were adopted by many PAH residents and the effort made to execute the suggested practices evidenced a reduction in debris, especially given our ongoing plea for drainage solutions. Learn more here:

We look forward to seeing you on February 11th.   Until then, hope your team wins Super Bowl Sunday!


The PAH Civic League