Jo Anne Gallant – Candidate for Mayor of Chesapeake, VA
Jo Anne Gallant is both a real estate agent and a licensed appraiser. She is a multi-year Circle of Excellence award winning Realtor making her among the top 10% of Realtors in all of Hampton Roads.
Jo Anne began her evolving career in real estate starting as a leasing agent in Worcester, Massachusetts where she rented apartments to people from all over the world who were attracted to some of the top colleges in the area. She was quickly promoted into the property management realm and became a Certified Apartment Manger (CAM). She managed several government subsidized properties including a 215-unit low income housing tax credit property (LIHTC). This property consisted of 450 residents, 13 staff members and 15 buildings, including it’s own sewage plant and was operating on a negative operating budget during the oil crisis in New England.
One of her favorite jobs included working with the elderly when she managed an senior housing facility. Although, it had been recently built at the time, this particular property was unfortunately riddled with technical problems due to a low quality build. She learned a tremendous amount of mechanical knowledge as she proactively resolved major issue after major issue, including discovering that the underground water storage tank for the fire sprinkler system was, in fact, bone dry. This experience with subpar contractors has given her a true appreciation and respect for the quality of work from many of our local builders here in the Hampton Roads area.
Jo Anne currently holds multiple real estate licences. She is a licensed real estate appraiser in the state of Virginia. She is also a licensed real estate salesperson in both Virginia and North Carolina. She has quietly and slowly built her real estate practice up, not by having connections, but by doing a superior job in providing for her clients. One of her proudest accomplishments has been to personally restore one of the Outer Banks original A-frame houses in the Colington Harbour neighborhood of Kill Devil Hills that was close to being torn down.
She believes her perspective as an appraiser distinguishes her from other agents and gives her the ability to step back and assess the big picture of overall market conditions. Jo Anne is deeply concerned about the rapid pace of development in Chesapeake and the long range impact it will have on our community.
After actively advocating against several proposed developments that she perceived as detrimental to existing neighborhoods, Jo Anne was encouraged to use her industry expertise and run for Mayor. She hopes to encourage builders to incorporate more green building options into future developments. She is advocating for responsible growth in Chesapeake by evaluating the impact that past development has had on our community and proper planning for responsible growth in the future.
Jo Anne Gallant In The News
“Each of the areas of Chesapeake has it’s own individual characteristics and challenges and many people do not feel like their voices are being heard currently. There is a strong agricultural heritage within the city that needs to be respected as we grow and develop also.
We definitely have a problem with traffic and school over-crowding that are directly caused by rapid development. I think my perspective as both a real estate agent and a licensed appraiser gives me a larger perspective on these issues. I have no direct relationships with any builders or developers as my clients have been individual citizens and I believe I can analyze the pros and cons of upcoming issues and vote objectively. Just like balancing your home budget or that of a large apartment complex, the city needs to prioritize it’s budget and focus on fixing existing problems first.” Read more at Hampton Roads Moms.
Grassfield residents worry proposed housing development jeopardizes property values, schools
“Jo Anne Gallant is a realtor and licensed appraiser who lives in the Grassfield area. She says the development will create a traffic nightmare and overcrowd schools—forcing the school district to rezone.
“If we rezone the houses and put people in different school districts that costs them their equity in their property. There is a $25,000 difference in owning the same house in the Grassfield High School (district) versus the Deep Creek High School (district),” she said.” Channel 13 News Now Report – August 15, 2017
Social Media Viral Video Launched by Jo Anne Gallant
But Jo Anne Gallant, a real estate agent and appraiser who lives nearby, created ChangeChesapeake.com, with videos critical of The Confluence. Besides its impact on schools and traffic, Gallant said, the housing market is saturated, and existing homes will be devalued. The city is also not evaluating how previously approved developments are performing, she said.
“I genuinely believe this development does not fit right here.” Gallant said. “I don’t think the city is really understanding what’s needed for growth.” The Virginian Pilot – September 18, 2017
Chesapeake council rejects plan for large residential development; OKs off-track betting at eatery – The Virginian Pilot – September 20, 2017
“During a City Council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, Chesapeake resident Jo Anne Gallant spoke in opposition to The Confluence at Dominion Park, a large development of homes, townhouses, apartments and commercial space that had been proposed in Grassfield. The City Council denied the developers request for more time and voted to reject the proposal.” The Virginian Pilot – September 20, 2017
Chesapeake votes against proposal to build development with hundreds of homes – Wavy 10 News
Critics also raised concerns about nearby property values and the environment.
“There’s no commonsense in how things are being developed in this city,” says Jo Anne Gallant, a local real estate agent and licensed appraiser.
Gallant launched a website aimed at stopping the development and posted signs near the property, reminding citizens of the council meeting on Tuesday. She and Hammerquist told 10 On Your Side they were pleased with the decision council made.” Wavy 10 News Report – September 20, 2017
“CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WVEC) — A mom is catching a lot of attention online after she shared her plan to get kids back to school after the winter storm.
In 24 hours, the meme was shared over 7,500 times on our Facebook page.”
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