The City is holding a program on Sustainable Development Thursday, May 14 at 10 A.M. It will cover the pattern of much of how Virginia Beach is to be developed and redeveloped in the future.
The hitch? The letter for "Public Participation" was e-mailed out by City Hall on Tuesday, May 12 at 1:29 P.M. They expect people to make a weekday morning meeting on under 45 hours notice?
If you look at the e-mail addresses on the mailing (it was open copied), most are land development interests. So the developers can get out of what they were doing for something so crucial to their business, while non-industry residents probably won't be able to make it on such short notice. In turn, the City gets exactly the "public input" they wanted.
It reminds me of the 2007 Community Legislative Package meeting fiasco. Invitation letters to that meeting were snail mailed out so late that many didn't hit mailboxes until after the meeting. In that case, the City held a second meeting with proper notice. Do they do so this time?