My record as a City Councilman

I’ve made a number of key decisions as the City Councilman for the 8th District of Virginia Beach.  Below is a list of articles where I supported or voted in key issues facing our community.

2024
Latest issue muddies waters at surf lagoon | Daily Press
Latest issue muddies waters at surf lagoon | Daily Press

Councilman Chris Taylor first brought up the water issue at Tuesday's council meeting before the body met in private to discuss it. It could be hashed out in a public meeting soon. This is not the first time "unforseen site conditions" have driven up the city's cost on the public-private…
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2023
Virginia Beach budget proposal requests $12.5 million more for surf park project
Virginia Beach budget proposal requests $12.5 million more for surf park project

Costs are rising for the Atlantic Park project again [...] Councilman Chris Taylor, who wanted to find a way to lower taxes, questioned if his input and that of the residents who have been reaching out to council members have been fully considered. “We had over 50 emails from individuals…
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Opposition grows as Westminster-Caterbury’s 22-story tower gets the green light
Opposition grows as Westminster-Caterbury’s 22-story tower gets the green light

Councilman Chris Taylor was the only one to vote no on Westminster-Canterbury's "ordinance of relocation." The controversial project would be an expansion to the senior living facility's existing property on Starfish Road. The $450 million project has long been a point of contention among those living along Shore Drive, with…
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Virginia Beach votes to increase towing fee caps
Virginia Beach votes to increase towing fee caps

Getting your car towed in Virginia Beach is about to cost you more. Virginia Beach’s City Council voted to increase the maximums that towing companies can charge vehicle owners. The ordinance passed 9-2, with Sabrina Wooten and Chris Taylor voting against. Getting your car towed in Virginia Beach is about…
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‘VAgabond Beach Festival’ a step closer to coming to the VB Oceanfront this fall
‘VAgabond Beach Festival’ a step closer to coming to the VB Oceanfront this fall

"The weekend of the largest running annual oceanfront event that’s already bringing 200,000 to 250,000 visitors here, $15 million in economic impact, rates for hotels are already 30 to 40 percent higher, I’m not sure the public wants that type of enhancement," Virginia Beach city council member Chris Taylor said.…
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Virginia Beach approves group home for migrant children in Kings Grant area
Virginia Beach approves group home for migrant children in Kings Grant area

Councilman Chris Taylor, who lives in Kings Grant and represents District 8 where the group home is located, said he was initially disappointed in the applicant’s lack of public engagement. But Taylor said he felt good about it after the town hall, which he participated in, and the subsequent concessions.…
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VB rowing team hoping to get a permanent home to store boats
VB rowing team hoping to get a permanent home to store boats

“It’s going to take the support from the city, especially (since) we have Councilman (Chris) Taylor out here,” she said. “We are told we need two or three more to join the bandwagon.” Lucky for them, Taylor decided to get on board, literally. He climbed into one of the boats…
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Virginia Beach council member to host housing summit
Virginia Beach council member to host housing summit

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — City council member Chris Taylor is hosting a housing summit in Virginia Beach on Wednesday. The summit is from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library. The summit will offer those who have a personal or professional interest in housing to…
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Virginia Beach Council adopts FY24 budget in 8-3 vote
Virginia Beach Council adopts FY24 budget in 8-3 vote

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Beach City Council adopted the city’s fiscal year 2023-24 budget on Tuesday night. The vote was 8-3, with council members Sabrina Wooten, Chris Taylor and Barbara Henley voting no. All three who voted no again criticized how the budget process played out, and how…
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Cleanup in Great Neck neighborhood slow but steady, councilman says
Cleanup in Great Neck neighborhood slow but steady, councilman says

Taylor said through it all, he’s relieved to see some of those homeowners still in good spirits. VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — City officials say it will likely take months to get the Great Neck area back to normal, or as normal as it can be after an EF3 tornado ripped…
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Career & Accomplishments

Here is a snap shot of where I’ve been as a professional and business owner in Virginia.

Great Atlantic Management, SL Nusbaum, Ripley Heatwole

Commercial Real Estate / Multi-Family Management

  • Worked as a lifeguard for Great-Atlantic in High School

  • I was promoted to Regional Property Manager within 12 months and managed over 70 employees across 3 different departments

  • Managed Midtown at City View  for Ripley Heatwole on Bonney Road – Responsible for leasing and increasing overall occupancy rates from 86% to 99% in 6 months

DuPont Sustainable Solutions

Public Sector Account Manager

  • Began with the company in 2011

  • Recognized for outstanding collaboration efforts – City of Tulsa Consulting Engagement in 2012

  • 2012 recipient of one of DuPont’s most prestigious sales awards honoring the Top 10% of sales professionals globally – Achieving Customer Excellence (ACE)

Heart of Compassion Partnerships

Non-Profit Organization

  • Managed after-school programs for two outreach centers in South Norfolk communities

  • Oversaw programming and mentoring programs

  • Promoted to Executive Director in 2018 by the founder and President Dr. John Dooley

Smoothie Stop Cafe

CFO & Founding Partner

  • Locally owned fast-casual smoothie business.  We started the business in 2018

  • Expanded to multiple retail locations across Hampton Roads

  • Responsible for a strategic growth plan across multiple cities

Family History & Bio.

I am the 6th generation in my family to have grown up in the King’s Grant area of Virginia Beach. My great-great grandmother, Mary Jane Etheridge, lived to be 112 years old.  My great grandmother, Charolette Ann Berry, and my best friend, lived to be 105 years old. They both lived their entire lives in King’s Grant.

In fact, my family has lived in the same neighborhood since the early 1900s.  Much of my family attended King’s Grant Elementary School.  My mother and neighbors helped to integrate King’s Grant Elementary.  Below is a picture of my mother, Janice Berry, in 1966.

I also attended Kings Grant Elementary, Lynnhaven Middle School, and then First Colonial High School. In 2006, I graduated from Virginia Wesleyan University with a degree in Business Management.

Hard work and good behavior were instilled in me from an early age. I have a passion for business and service to others. My great grandmother used to tell me,“If you can find a way to add value, you will never be without a friend.”  I’ve taken this to heart and it still guides my decisions today.

My Life Today.

Building off the foundation that the strong women in my family laid, I have focused on business and creating something lasting in our community.

My wife, Kimberly Taylor, and I were married in 2015.  We have two young sons named Caleb and Christian, and a new born daughter, Charlotte. I am a family man at heart, but my duties as a City Councilman have helped me stay in touch with the community.  I’ve learned a great deal about our city and my focus is on growth and supporting families though out Virginia Beach.

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