Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area Board

​The Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area Board (CBPA) is comprised of nine members​, who are appointed by the City Council, and responsible for the review of various requests to the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area Ordinance (CBPAO).

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The City of Virginia Beach adopted the CBPAO on January 1, 1991. This ordinance affects all property in Virginia Beach that drains into the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, approximately the northern one-third of the City.

In addition, the CBPAO is an effort to enhance the water quality by protecting environmentally-sensitive areas such as buffers adjacent to waterways, tidal shores, and  wetlands, as well as highly erodible soils. These sensitive areas, called Resource Protection Areas (RPAs), are closest to the shorelines that have an intrinsic water quality value or are sensitive to the impact of development. All other lands in the watershed are called Resource Management Areas (RMAs). The RMA is intended to protect the integrity of the RPA and extends from the RPA boundary outward to the watershed boundary limit. 

 Further information regarding the CBPAO can be found in Appendix F of the Virginia Beach City Code.

Current Operations for Office Visits

Effective: November 15, 2021 - The Virginia Beach Planning Department will close the customer service counter on Mondays and Thursdays to walk-in customers. The counter will be open for all walk-in customers Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 AM to noon, and then from 1 to 4:30 PM (to allow for payment processing). 

Staff continues to encourage applicants to continue to complete their CBPA Variance Application online via Accela Citizen Access.

Those without access to the internet may drop off their CBPA Variance Application at 2875 Sabre Street, Suite 500.  The entire submittal package including application, exhibit/s, WQIA, disclosure statement and processing fees (fees in a sealed envelope, checks payable to Treasurer, City of  Virginia Beach) may be dropped off in the reception area Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm or anytime in the City Treasurer’s Drop Box located outside of the building in front of the lobby.  Please address the envelope to Ms. Shannon Heederik, Department of Planning & Community Development. 

A CBPA Application Checklist is below including links to the required forms and Accela Citizen Access Submittal Process insructions.  

Applicants will be notified by phone or email if additional information is necessary to continue processing of all applications, regardless of submittal method. 

Application Filing Deadline

The Deadline for filing an application to be heard by the CBPA Board is prior to the 1st of each month to be heard at the following month’s hearing if the application is complete.

Application Filing Fees

The ​filing fees must be made payable to the City Treasurer.

  • CBPA Variance Application Fee $450

*The costs of the public notice sign(s), legal advertisements in the Virginia-Pilot/Beacon, and the postage for mailing of requirement notices to property owners adjacent to the subject site is required in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Most recently notification fees were variable and based on the number of signs required, number of adjacent property owners and the amount of text in the legal notice and could not be assessed and paid until after the application fee was paid. Effective October 1, 2017, a flat fee for the CBPA public notice will be implemented and will be paid at the same time as the Board application fee.

CBPA Meeting Times & Location

The City of Virginia Beach Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area (CBPA) Board will hold Public Hearings in person, the fourthMonday of every month, in the New Council Chamber - 2401 Courthouse Drive, Building 1, at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center. For a list of additional meeting dates, please refer to the 2023 Agendas & Minutes tab below. 

An informal session will be held at 9:00 a.m. at the same location. During the informal session, Staff briefs the Board on agenda items. All interested persons are invited to attend. There is no opportunity for citizenry to speak at the briefing session; however, the public is invited to speak at the 10:00 a.m. formal CBPA Board Public Hearing that follows. 

For information or to examine copies of the proposed plans, ordinances, amendments and/or resolutions are on file and may be examined by appointment in the Planning Department at 2875 Sabre St, Suite 500, Virginia Beach, VA 23452 or online at www.vbgov.com/cbpa. For information call 757-385-4621. Staff Reports will be available on the webpage 5 days prior to the meeting.

If you require a reasonable accommodation for this meeting due to a disability, please call the Department of Planning & Community Development at (757) 385-4621. If you are hearing impaired, you can contact Virginia Relay at 711 for TDD service.

  • The formal hearing is held the fourth Monday of every month at 10:00 a.m..
  • Citizens are invited to observe the informal briefing at 9:00 a.m., in the City Manager's Conference Room 2034, immediately before the formal hearing.

 Preliminary Project Request (PPR) Forms

 2023 Agendas & Minutes

​The CBPA Board agenda is listed for the upcoming public hearing as it becomes available, usually two to three weeks prior to hearing. The agenda comprises only the list of items to be heard along with the location of each item.

Staff reports are available for review five days prior to the public hearing. For information or to examine copies of proposed plans, ordinances or amendments call (757) 385-4621, or review the Staff report posted to this web page or visit the Planning Department, 2875 Sabre Street, Suite 500, Virginia Beach, Virginia by appointment.

Minutes for each public hearing are posted after they are approved at the following month's public hearing. The minutes do not include a verbatim account of the hearing; however, they list the outcome and conditions for each item.

​CBPA DATES
​AGENDA
​REPORTS
​MINUTES
​January 23, 2023



​February 27. 2023



​March 27, 2023



​April 24, 2023



​May 22, 2023



​June 26, 2023



​July 24, 2023



​August 28, 2023


​September 25, 2023

​October 23, 2023
​November 27, 2023
​December 20, 2023

 2022 Agendas & Minutes

The CBPA Board agenda is listed for the upcoming public hearing as it becomes available, usually two to three weeks prior to hearing. The agenda comprises only the list of items to be heard along with the location of each item.

Staff reports are available for review five days prior to the public hearing. For information or to examine copies of proposed plans, ordinances or amendments call (757) 385-4621, or review the Staff report posted to this web page or visit the Planning Department, 2875 Sabre Street, Suite 500, Virginia Beach, Virginia by appointment.

Minutes for each public hearing are posted after they are approved at the following month's public hearing. The minutes do not include a verbatim account of the hearing; however, they list the outcome and conditions for each item.

​CBPA DATES
​AGENDA
​REPORTS
​MINUTES
​January 3, 2022



​February 7. 2022



​March 7, 2022



​April 4, 2022



​May 2, 2022



​June 6, 2022



​July 8, 2022



​August 1, 2022



​September 8, 2022



​October 3, 2022



​November 7, 2022



​December 5, 2022




 2021 Agendas & Minutes




CBPA DATES


​AGENDA


​REPORTS


VIRTUAL MEETING LINK


MINUTES
​PUBLIC HEARING RECORDING
January 4, 2021

https://vbgov.webex.com/vbgov/onstage/g.php?MTID=e7bf88a0c7678859b2671b6e7bcff4e9b


February 1, 2021

https://vbgov.webex.com/vbgov/onstage/g.php?MTID=ea501039637ef8029684fb54adf76f7c2


March 1, 2021

https://vbgov.webex.com/vbgov/onstage/g.php?MTID=ea1aab83315c656fedda4c46cda6f9707


April 5, 2021

https://vbgov.webex.com/vbgov/onstage/g.php?MTID=e91c9d153e5cfe14ce686d895e896f5ad


May 3, 2021




June 7, 2021



July 8, 2021

August 2, 2021


September 9, 2021


October 4, 2021


November 1, 2021


December 6, 2021




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