CLICK HERE to go to the city’s page with the Application and Instructions for Certificate of Appropriateness.
You can print the document at the South Norfolk Memorial Library if you don’t have a printer.
The Historic Preservation Commission shall act in an advisory capacity to City Council and the Planning Commission to implement the Historic Preservation Plan, to maintain and update a list of historic sites in the City, recommend areas, sites, buildings and structures for consideration as local historic districts, develop architectural guidelines for historic buildings and structures which may be recommended to City Council for inclusion in the architectural review standards of the Historic and Cultural Preservation Overlay District.
(City Code Sec 2-620.13)
The Historic Preservation Commission is a board created to maintain a list of historic sites in Chesapeake and identify areas or recommend structures which qualify for historic preservation.
There are requirements for what you can and cannot do with your roof, and historic roofing can be expensive. But don’t panic.
Luckily, the City makes special accommodations for hardship, and tries to make it as affordable as possible for you to repair or replace your roof and still maintain the character of our historic community.
The ARB is local slang for the Architectural Review Board.
The primary function of the Chesapeake Historic and Architectural Review Board is to provide for the review of all significant exterior modifications visible from a paved public street within the Chesapeake Historic and Cultural Preservation District, and to determine whether or not these proposed changes will be compatible with the surrounding area.
A Certificate of Appropriateness may be issued by the Review Board, or in the case of certain minor modifications deemed not to adversely affect the character of the Historic District, may be issued by the Director of Planning or designee.
Applications submitted after the work commences are classified as an After the Fact Application. The filing fee for an After the Fact Application is $250.00.
In the United States, a historic district is a group of buildings, properties, or sites that have been designated by one of several entities on different levels as historically or architecturally significant. Buildings, structures, objects and sites within a historic district are normally divided into two categories, contributing and non-contributing. Districts greatly vary in size: some have hundreds of structures, while others have just a few.
In a nutshell, you cannot park on the median (the area between the sidewalk and the street), or on sidewalks, or in any area that isn’t meant for parking, like your front yard.
For the full law, read this…
Sec. 74-243. – Parking prohibited in specified places.
No person shall park a vehicle, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a police officer or traffic control device, in any of the following places:
On a sidewalk or a city right-of-way between the sidewalk and curb.
In front of a public or private driveway.
Within an intersection.
Within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.
On a crosswalk.
Within 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection.
Within 30 feet upon the approach to any flashing beacon, stop sign, yield sign or traffic control signal located at the side of a roadway.
Between a safety zone and the adjacent curb or within 30 feet of points on the curb immediately opposite the ends of a safety zone, unless a different length is indicated by official signs or markings.
Within 50 feet of the nearest rail of a railroad grade crossing.
Within 20 feet of the driveway entrance to any fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to any fire station within 75 feet of the entrance when properly posted.
Alongside or opposite any street excavation or obstruction when such parking would obstruct traffic.
On the roadway side of any vehicle parked at the edge or curb of a street.
Upon any bridge or other elevated structure upon a street or highway or within a tunnel.
At any place where official signs or markings prohibit parking.
No more than six inches from the curb or edge of pavement on any public street where parking is permitted.
In a parking space designated “Jury Parking” when not reporting for jury service.
On any median.
In any public or private fire lane. A fire lane parking violation shall be punishable by a fine of $250.00. All above grade signs posted for fire lanes shall include the following language: PENALTY $250.00 FINE.
At any place that prevents the use of a curb ramp located on public property or on privately owned property that is open to the public.
No person other than a police officer shall move a vehicle into any such prohibited area or away from a curb such distance as is unlawful or start or cause to be started the motor of any motor vehicle or shift, change or move the levers, brake, starting device, gears or other mechanism of a parked motor vehicle to a position other than that in which it was left by the owner or driver thereof or attempt to do so.
It shall be unlawful for any person to leave or cause to be left any automobile or vehicle for more than 48 hours in any public street. If any such person fails to remove the automobile or vehicle within 24 hours after being notified to do so by any police officer, every day which shall elapse thereafter without such removal shall constitute a separate offense.
It shall be unlawful for any person to park a vehicle opposite to the general direction of traffic upon any one-way street, any divided highway, any highway where the posted speed limit is 35 miles per hour or greater, or the right-of-way of any one-way street, divided highway or highway where the posted speed limit is 35 miles per hour or greater.
(Ord. of 1-7-63, § 22-127; Ord. of 6-11-68; Code 1970, § 16-71; Ord. of 11-22-71; Ord. of 1-8-74; Ord. of 11-15-77, § 1; Ord. No. 96-0-183, 11-26-96; Ord. No. 99-O-067, 6-8-99; Ord. No. 04-O-118, 8-10-04; Ord. No. 14-O-081, 6-24-14)
Sec. 74-244. – Parkingonprivateproperty.
No person shall stand or park a vehicle on any private lot or lot area without the express or implied consent of the owner thereof. Whenever signs or markings have been erected on any lot or lot area contiguous or adjacent to a street, thoroughfare or alley indicating that no vehicles are permitted to stand or park thereon, it shall be unlawful for any person to drive a vehicle across any curb or lot line or over any driveway from a street or alley into such lot or area for the purpose of standing or parking such vehicle or for any person to stop, stand or park any vehicle in such lot or area.
Community Yard Sale This event is usually held in the spring at Lakeside Park and is hosted by the South Norfolk Neighborhood Watch Group.
Spring Pansy Sales This is an annual sale presented by the Woman’s Club of South Norfolk.
4th of July Parade & Picnic in the Park
Held every 4th of July, except when the 4th is on a Sunday, and then the event is held on July 3rd. Includes a parade at 10 a.m. and a picnic at Lakeside Park following, with music, food, and fun for folks of all ages. Hosted by the South Norfolk Civic League and produced jointly with the city.
National Night Out
Usually held in August at Lakeside Park. Hosted by the South Norfolk Neighborhood Watch Group
Phelps Bros Music Festival
Usually held in June in Lakeside Park, managed by Ed and Bobbie Beard. This event celebrates the lives of Norman, Willie and Earl Phelps, born and raised in South Norfolk. The local musicians starred on the stage, screen and radio before starting their own recording studio and performing at their club, Fernwood Farms. Enshrined in the Library of Congress in 2000 and in Norfolk’s Legends of Music Walk of Fame in 2007, this annual music festival honors the lives of these famous South Norfolk sons and their legacies.
Holiday Home Tour This event is a fundraiser hosted by the South Norfolk Civic League. Tickets are sold to allow visitors to tour specially decorated historic homes in South Norfolk. Theme food and decorations are assigned to each home on the tour.
Home to more than 1.8 million people, the Hampton Roads region includes the independent cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg and the counties of Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, Mathews, Southampton, Surry*, and York.