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A Note from Karen

There’s an important interplay of issues identified in the four articles collected below. I believe there is great potential in areas ripe for redevelopment and an absolute imperative that we protect other parts of the city from new development. As well, we must move forward and fast on plans for addressing our infrastructure needs for the future.

1. We are on the cusp of exciting changes and, yes, there is positive “growth” in areas throughout the city that will bring new business innovation and ways to build community:

2. We are on edge about increased development in our most vulnerable areas:

3. We could lag or LEAD the way by partnering with each other (resident with resident) and the surrounding area to prepare ourselves for the future in realistic ways that require the will of many for the benefit of all.

Virginian-Pilot plan

Editorial: Beach’s future closely linked to flooding plans
Jul 29, 2018, The Virginian Pilot
By: The Virginian-Pilot Editorial Board

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Editorial: Amid recovery, regional economy needs more drivers

Jun 10, 2018, The Virginian-Pilot
By: The Virginian-Pilot Editorial Board

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Virginia Beach is bringing flood relief to 5 neighborhoods

Published: 6:48 PM EDT June 8, 2018 by 13 News Now
Updated: 11:07 AM EDT June 9, 2018
Author: Meghan Puryear

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Short term rental debate in Virginia Beach continues

Published: 5:51 PM EDT May 23, 2018 by 13 News Now
Updated: 6:43 PM EDT May 23, 2018
Author: Jaclyn Lee

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Coastal Virginia’s half-full glass

Apr 29, 2018, For The Virginian-Pilot
By: Skip Stiles

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Beach’s Comprehensive Plan

Posted on April 4, 2018 by The Independent News
BY: JERYL ROSE PHILLIPS

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Letter to the Editor: The ARP and Ashville Park

Posted on March 30, 2018 by The Independent News
By: Karen Beardslee Kwasny, Ashville Park

Southside Daily
Responses from Karen Kwasny (Princess Anne District)

Question: Do you believe enough resources are being allocated to further mitigating recurrent flooding in Virginia Beach? If not, what tactics would you employ to increase funding for stormwater and drainage projects?

Until the Dewberry Study/watershed study recommendations are completed, we can’t know how much we must allocate to address our flooding issues. This year’s budget presents a beginning to improve systems via dredging and clearing and to repair/replace aging infrastructure. Dedicated funding will continue to be necessary to complete this work. I have been emphasizing the need for a regional resiliency plan for the past four years, both in my work on the Planning Commission and as a resident of the Transition Area, an area of the city significantly affected by flooding issues related to SLR, more severe and frequent weather events, subsidence, and wind tides. Our initial investments should dredge BMPs and canals, which no longer handle the capacity they once did. However, we must work regionally to seek additional funding from state and federal sources to implement change.

Question: If you could change one thing in the city’s zoning code, what would it be and why?

We work with a largely outdated zoning ordinance in relation to where we are today and our current Comprehensive Plan. Alterations are needed. And, we will have to fine-tooth comb our ZO for changes necessitated by the soon-to-be-revealed sea level rise/ Dewberry Study/watershed study recommendations.

Question: If a private entity came to you with a proposal to build a new piece of infrastructure in the city that required public money — like a public pier at the Oceanfront, for example — how would you evaluate whether that project should be implemented?

Public private partnerships can work well when focused on expansion of the market and providing true public benefit. Displacement is avoided if we focus public private partnerships on projects that open new markets to us and expand our tax base rather than focusing on “more of the same” kinds of projects that simply divide the customer base. They must generate new revenue that quickly pays back any public costs.

Question: The city has been accused of not facilitating a fair playing field regarding large developments and public-private partnerships. For example; former football player Bruce Smith said he believed the city’s policies were not applied fairly to him when he attempted to develop a property at the Oceanfront, which in part led to the city’s decision to conduct a disparity study. Do you think the playing field — the amount of bureaucracy and general difficulty that exists for people to develop properties and businesses in this city — is even for all people? If so, tell us why. If not, tell us why and what you would change.

I believe Virginia Beach must be more open for business and a city reputation of being anti-business is a hard thing to combat. There is a perception that Virginia Beach’s processes are slow, costly, and, thus, almost deliberately cumbersome and that there are “insiders” and “outsiders.” This perception affects the city’s ability to attract companies and jobs. I’m running to end roadblocks to progress and the political battles that have been waged for decades and to bring a positive, welcoming image to our district and city.

Question: Do you believe the city should continue with its at-large electoral system? Why or why not?

I fear a great many people don’t understand that they can vote in districts that they don’t live in, and elections shouldn’t be confusing. I respect those who favor change, but as a district Planning Commissioner, I serve my district and the whole city. I think our current system incentivizes council investment in all areas of the city.

Southside Daily did not receive responses by deadline from the following candidates for Virginia Beach mayor and City Council: Allison White, Ben Davenport, Richard “RK” Kowalewitch, Susanne Henderson, Mike Maskell, and Tim Worst.

IN THE NEWS

A Note from Karen

There’s an important interplay of issues identified in the four articles collected below. I believe there is great potential in areas ripe for redevelopment and an absolute imperative that we protect other parts of the city from new development. As well, we must move forward and fast on plans for addressing our infrastructure needs for the future.

1. We are on the cusp of exciting changes and, yes, there is positive “growth” in areas throughout the city that will bring new business innovation and ways to build community:

2. We are on edge about increased development in our most vulnerable areas:

3. We could lag or LEAD the way by partnering with each other (resident with resident) and the surrounding area to prepare ourselves for the future in realistic ways that require the will of many for the benefit of all.

Virginian-Pilot plan

Editorial: Beach’s future closely linked to flooding plans
Jul 29, 2018, The Virginian Pilot
By: The Virginian-Pilot Editorial Board

Pilot online logo

Editorial: Amid recovery, regional economy needs more drivers

Jun 10, 2018, The Virginian-Pilot
By: The Virginian-Pilot Editorial Board

13 News Now Logo

Virginia Beach is bringing flood relief to 5 neighborhoods

Published: 6:48 PM EDT June 8, 2018 by 13 News Now
Updated: 11:07 AM EDT June 9, 2018
Author: Meghan Puryear

13 News Now Logo

Short term rental debate in Virginia Beach continues

Published: 5:51 PM EDT May 23, 2018 by 13 News Now
Updated: 6:43 PM EDT May 23, 2018
Author: Jaclyn Lee

Pilot online logo

Coastal Virginia’s half-full glass

Apr 29, 2018, For The Virginian-Pilot
By: Skip Stiles

PA Indy News logo

Beach’s Comprehensive Plan

Posted on April 4, 2018 by The Independent News
BY: JERYL ROSE PHILLIPS

PA Indy News logo

Letter to the Editor: The ARP and Ashville Park

Posted on March 30, 2018 by The Independent News
By: Karen Beardslee Kwasny, Ashville Park

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