Virginia CZM Program 2008 Coastal Grant Project Description and Final Summary

Project Task:

97.02

Grantee:

Hampton Roads Planning District Commission

Project Title:

Hampton Roads Conservation Corridor Update and Implementation

Project Description as Proposed:

Several factors are driving the need to update the Hampton Roads conservation corridor network:

-Changing regional land use patterns,

-Changing local land use plans and natural resource management requirements,

-Climate change,

-Availability of new VCLNA data and model output and Wildlife Action Plan

-Evolving regulatory requirements.

The conservation corridor network must continue to evolve to meet both regional and local planning needs. The initiatives contained in this grant proposal are intended to insure that the network is of maximum utility to local governments and does the best possible job of achieving multiple benefits. The activities proposed fall in three main categories; a series of meetings with state and federal agencies to coordinate their research and program implementation with regional green infrastructure planning to the extent possible, a facilitated review process with local governments to insure that the revised network is of maximum utility to HRPDC member localities, and update to the Hampton Roads Conservation Corridor network.

Federal Funding:

$36,000

Project Contact:

John M. Carlock - 757.420.8300; jcarlock@hrpdc.org

Project Status:

10/1/2008 - 9/30/2009; Project Completed

Final Product Received:

A Green Infrastructure Plan for the Hampton Roads Region Report (pdf)

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

This project represents an ongoing effort by the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC) to develop a regional green infrastructure network for the Hampton Roads region. The goal is to identify and prioritize a network of valuable conservation lands in order to achieve multiple benefits for both humans and the environment. The green infrastructure network will be a valuable tool for both local and regional planners as they face new water quality regulatory requirements such as storm water management regulations, Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) implementation plans, and Urban Development Area (UDA) requirements.

Several tasks were undertaken for this project. The original green infrastructure network (FY04 Task 51) was updated by incorporating more current data into the geographic information systems (GIS) model. There were also several discussions with a diverse group of stakeholders that led to improvements in the green infrastructure plan. The change between the original green infrastructure network and the update that was finalized in this project was analyzed as well.

A Vulnerability to Development model was also created in order to predict where future growth will occur in the region and how the green infrastructure network will be impacted. This will give planners a tool to prioritize land acquisitions in the face of limited funding. The project also looks at the potential impact of sea level rise on the green infrastructure network. Additionally, an updated parks and recreation database was created in GIS.

The project report entitled 'A Green Infrastructure Plan for the Hampton Roads Region' provides a synopsis of the project including the process for updating the green infrastructure network GIS model and developing the vulnerability model. The GIS data for both of these models is included on the project CD as well.

The products will be distributed in hard copy format with a CD to Hampton Roads localities. Digital versions of products will also be available at http://hrpdcva.gov

Disclaimer: This project summary provides the federal dollars initially awarded to the grantee. Due to underexpenditure or reprogramming of grant funds, this figure may change. For more information on the allocation of coastal grant funds, please contact Laura McKay, Virginia Coastal Program Manager, at 804.698.4323 or email: Laura.McKay@deq.virginia.gov

A more detailed Scope of Work for this project is available. Please direct your request for a copy to Virginia.Witmer@deq.virginia.gov

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