Flood Protection Program

​​​During the next General Election on November 2, 2021, Virginia Beach residents will have the opportunity to vote on the Flood Protection Program bond referendum which will determine whether or not City Council should increase the real estate tax rate to fund flood protection projects. This page provides information about the program and projects to help you navigate this decision.  

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Community Information Meetings

In-person and virtual community information meetings are being held throughout September and October. Check back for additional meetings as they are scheduled. 
  • Thursday, Oct. 21, 9 a.m., Virtual - click here to join
  • Monday, Oct. 25, 5:30 p.m., Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd. (in person)
  • Friday, Oct. 29, noon, Virtual - click here to join

 ODU Analysis Report

​Old Dominion University’s Dragas Center for Economic Analysis and Policy and Institute for Coastal Adaptation & Research prepared a report for the City of Virginia Beach analyzing the economic costs and benefits of accelerating flood protection construction. 

A video of ODU's presentation of the report to City Council is in the video library found on the right of this page. 

VB Flood Protection Program - Navigating the Decision

Flood Protection Program Bond Referendum

​On July 13, 2021, City Council approved the following referendum question for the November 2, 2021 General Election ballot: 

Shall the City of Virginia Beach issue general obligation bonds in the maximum amount of $567,500,000 pursuant to the City Charter and the Public Finance Act to fund the design and construction of flood mitigation measures as part of a comprehensive citywide flood protection program that includes the following Phase 1  projects: Chubb Lake / Lake Bradford Outfall, Church Point/Thoroughgood Drainage Improvements, Central Resort District - 24th Street Culvert, Central Resort District Drainage Improvements, Eastern Shore Drive - Elevate Lynnhaven Drive, Eastern Shore Drive - Phase I, Section 1F Improvements, Eastern Shore Drive - Phase I, Section 1G Improvements, Eastern Shore Drive - Poinciana Pump Station, First Colonial Road & Oceana Boulevard Drainage Improvements, Princess Anne Plaza Golf Course Conversion, Princess Anne Plaza North London Bridge Creek Tide Gate, Barriers, and Pump Station,  Pungo Ferry Road Improvements, Sandbridge/New Bridge Intersection Improvements, Seatack Neighborhood Drainage Improvements, Stormwater Green Infrastructure, The Lakes - Flood Barriers, The Lakes - Holland Road Gate, West Neck Creek Bridge Replacement, Windsor Woods - Thalia Creek/Lake Trashmore Improvements, Windsor Woods Flood Barriers, and Windsor Woods Pump Station? 

If the referendum is approved and depending on the term of the bonds issued (10-year repayment vs. 20-year repayment), the real estate tax increase needed would be between 4.3 and 6.4 cents per $100 of a home’s assessed value.  That would end up costing $10 – $14 per month or $115 – $171 per year. Based on the median home assessment value of $267,600. 

Contact Information

ODU Analysis Report

VB411 - Flood Protection Program

Flood Protection Program Bond Referendum

Flood Protection - The Costs

Phase 1 Projects