Alameda Sun: City, VA May Redraw Point's Boundaries, February 7, 2013


The environmental review process for Alameda Point has begun. Attached to the city's notice of preparation, the proposed zoning map shows a couple of disturbing changes. The city has redrawn boundaries and changed a land-use designation.

For two decades we've looked at a map with a straight-line boundary between the Northwest Territories (city property) and the wildlife refuge (federal property). The new map downsizes the Northwest Territories and increases the area that had been called "wildlife refuge," but is now labeled "federal facilities."

What gives? How can our base reuse plan, which included a wildlife refuge, be changed without public input? And is city staff, through the environmental review process, attempting to unilaterally revise the city's January 2012 memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Navy by redefining the properties the Navy will convey?