Oceana Land Use Conformity Program Experiences Success

Posted on: May 11th, 2009

Innovative Program Realigns Development around Naval Air Station Oceana

On Monday, May 11, the City of Virginia Beach awarded the first two incentive grants to businesses under the Oceana Land Use Conformity Program.

Peerless Carpet Care and Restoration Services received $21,861 through the Accident Potential Zone 1 (APZ-1) Business Opportunity Zone incentives for completing exterior improvements to its location on Village Road. Peerless fits the criteria for a conforming business within the zone, and qualified for the funds.

Callahan Management Services received $11,622 to assist with upgrades to its property in Oceana South Industrial Park. Callahan developed the property, which is being leased to Precision Pipe, a new conforming business to the area.

The Oceana Land Use Conformity Program strives to convert nonconforming properties located in the area surrounding Naval Air Station Oceana into conforming ones. It also provides incentives for conforming businesses to relocate to APZ-1. Conforming businesses include: manufacturing companies, publishing/printing companies, wholesale operations, warehouses and more. If nonconforming businesses can not be converted, the program helps them relocate to another location in Virginia Beach.

The Oceana Land Use Conformity Program also provides incentives to reimburse businesses for fees associated with business permits, site plan applications, water and sewer connections, as well as sub-division permits. In certain instances, businesses may be able to relocate to APZ-1 without a conditional use permit, and they may qualify for real estate tax abatement.

The program is being administered by the Department of Economic Development. Businesses interested in finding out more information about the program can call (757) 385-6464.

The program was created in response to the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission’s recommendations regarding development adjacent to Naval Area Station Oceana and Fentress Air Field. The City of Virginia Beach and the Commonwealth of Virginia have jointly set aside $15 million annually to purchase property incompatible with the Navy’s flight operations without the use of condemnation.