BRAC History & Timeline

Below is a history of the BRAC order and a timeline of the steps taken by the City of Virginia Beach to solidify its commitment to keeping Oceana and preserving the quality of life for all residents in the city.

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.

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