Monday, September 11, 2017

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Newport News Green Foundation Hosts Party at the Pond

The Newport News Green Foundation is hosting its annual fundraiser, Party at the Pond, to support green space projects and Green Foundation property beautification throughout Newport News. Join the foundation Wednesday, September 27, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for the barbecue themed, business casual event featuring food, drinks, dancing, a silent auction and the presentation of the 2017 Green Awards. Guests can bid on a wide variety from items from original art pieces by several local artists as well as tickets to the Yorktown Wine Festival and other local event. 

The Green Awards recognize businesses and other establishments across Newport News that are making a visible difference in the quality of life and beauty of the city by planting and maintaining landscaping that enhances the beauty of Newport News and the preservation of local greenery. Read more...


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How Do Citizens Participate In The Comprehensive Plan Process?

Effective citizen participation in the planning process ensures that diverse interests and perspectives are considered and incorporated into the comprehensive plan. It also helps gain more widespread public support for plan adoption and implementation. Citizen input informed and guided the planning process for the One City, One Future Comprehensive Plan under the direction of a citizen advisory committee. The 28-member committee was comprised of appointed officials, citizens, and other stakeholders representing a cross-section of our city’s population. This committee assisted the Planning staff with development of the comprehensive plan. 

A diverse mix of people, representing all walks of life in Newport News, participated in the planning process. Read more...

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Rental Property Inspections Ensure Safe Housing Conditions

Last fall, the Newport News City Council enacted an ordinance that established Residential Rental Property Inspection districts and required owners of affected properties to obtain periodic inspections. The program works to ensure that tenants are living in safe and sanitary conditions and helps to prevent single family homes becoming illegal boarding houses. Three inspection districts were established within the downtown and Southeast Community. 

The Department of Codes Compliance initiated the Residential Rental Property Inspection program this summer, notifying the owners of approximately 3,500 rental units in the first district (downtown area) of the need to file an application with Codes Compliance to arrange for an inspection. Read more...


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