Let's Call City Hall
Let’s Call City Hall is a Queen City Community Civic League initiative designed to increase Queencitians’ understanding of and participation in local government. City government is the level of government that is closest to its citizens – it is responsible for making policies and decisions that directly affect daily life in your neighborhood.
City government builds and maintains water, sewer and road systems that we rely on every day. It manages garbage collection and emergency services like the police, ambulance and fire services.
City government affects the form and layout of your city and neighborhood through its zoning bylaws and land-use policies. It designs and maintains transportation systems including road networks, public transit, and walking and cycling space. Through its decisions, city government determines our patterns of movement and the shape, feel and form of the places where we live and work.
City government also has an important role delivering social services that all of us use. It operates public health programs, libraries and recreation facilities. It administers social assistance and school breakfast programs. They one of the largest landlords in the region, operating over 6,000 rental units.
Specific to Chesapeake, and Virginia Beach, city taxes and licensing policies affect businesses and help determine the business operating environment in Queen City.
Do you dislike something that City governments have the authority to change, or do you have an idea that could be the solution to a problem? Please share your ideas and provide our community the opportunity to act by calling City Hall to show support. After all, it is the City’s job to work for YOU.
The Cities of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach collect over $700 million in taxes every year and employ more than 6,000 people. As a resident, it is your right to expect that these resources are put to work in your interest, and calling City Hall is one of the most effective ways of expressing what your interest is. Please join the The Queen City Community Civic League to receive Bi-weekly LetsCallCityHall action updates!
Goverments Policies that have shaped Queen City
1. Dividing a Voice
In the 1970s the city of Virginia Beach, formerly (Princess Anne County) expanded its city boundaries, and a line was drawn through Queen City (QC), dividing it in between the cities of Chesapeake, formerly (Norfolk County), and Virginia Beach. Everything from water, garbage collection to postal delivery services involves the multiple departments of two different cities.
2. Tranquility Compromised.
In the 1980s the city of Chesapeake changed the residential zoning of QC
to mixed use light industrial. That change allowed commercial industry to further expand into the residential community. The result has evolved to what is now the highly congested entrance to QC off of Providence Rd. that is routinely lined with salvaged vehicles. The lack of strict code enforcement of business zoning infractions, by the city of Chesapeake, has resulted very unsightly entrance to the Community.
3. The Illusion of Equitable Distribution.
In the late 1990s Street curb and gutter were installed on just the Virginia Beach side of the neighborhood. The Chesapeake side of QC has no street curb, and still has open ditches for rain water runoff.
4. The Reality of Disrespect.
The early 2000s The City of Chesapeake removed the name Queen City from its list of neighborhood communities. The historic section that we have come to know as Queen City is currently listed under Norfolk Highlands in records of Chesapeake. The removing of historical identity and denial of recognition are the stepping stones to systematic extinction.
Public Safety. Right or Privilege?
In 2008 the emergency 911 call routing systems across North America were updated with GPS to route emergency calls to the appropriate police or fire department by the caller’s location. While was a huge improvement in citizen safety, it has proven to be less reliable for a community that is divided by two cities. Result: Neither police department takes full responsibility to protect the entire QC community of 35 homes. (911) calls are frequently misrouted to the wrong police departments.
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