Virginia Beach BRAC Response Program Chosen for Top 10 Projects
Friday, September 14, 2012 · 04:35 pm
The City of Virginia Beach’s “BRAC Response Program” has been chosen as one of the “Top Ten Projects of the Year” by the International Right-of-Way Association (IRWA).
Submitted by the City’s Public Works Department and City Attorney’s Office, the program details the City’s innovative approach to modifying land use and reducing encroachment around Naval Air Station Oceana. It is the only program of its kind in the country and now serves as a model for other localities facing problems with encroachment around air installations.
In 2005, the Base Realignment and Closure (“BRAC”) Commission recommended the realignment of Naval Air Station Oceana, which would have had a devastating effect on the state and region from the loss of military and civilian employment if the Oceana jets were moved out of Virginia Beach and reassigned.
The City, in partnership with the Commonwealth of Virginia, acted quickly and decisively to initiate a comprehensive BRAC Response Program to address the concerns regarding encroachment and incompatible land uses surrounding Naval Air Station Oceana.
The Top 10 winners will have their projects showcased and get national media exposure in the IRWA "Right of Way" magazine as a feature article in the November/December issue. The magazine has over 10,000 subscribers and an international audience of professionals employed by the private industry and government agencies.
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