Virginia CZM Program 2009 Coastal Grant Project Description and Final Summary

Project Task:

12.08

Grantee:

Richmond Regional Planning District Commission

Project Title:

Central Virginia Blue-Green Infrastructure Protection Planning

Project Description as Proposed:

The Richmond Regional Planning District Commission proposes Phase II of a multi-year project to educate on the topics of and implement conservation corridor planning and implementation, climate change adaptation planning, and green infrastructure planning and implementation as follows:

1.Rural Implementation:

a.Work with central Virginia’s rural localities to develop locality-specific implementation strategies through local comprehensive plans and/or zoning ordinances to incorporate green infrastructure asset planning. For localities located within Crater PDC, the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission will contract with Crater PDC to perform this task.

b.Using Citygreen Software, identify locality-specific economic benefits of implementing green infrastructure policies and plans.

2.Urban Implementation: Work with the City of Richmond to identify urban green infrastructure features, develop a priority ranking of features and create a series of green infrastructure asset maps. Richmond’s process will be documented and used as an asset planning model for other urban cities in central Virginia in future phases.

Federal Funding:

$50.134

Project Contact:

Jackie Stewart - 804.323.2033; jstewart@richmondregional.org

Project Status:

10/1/2009 - 9/30/2010: Project Completed

Final Product Received:

Richmond Regional Blue and Green Infrastructure Protection Planning Project Annual Report Summary Oct 1, 2009 - Sept 30, 2010 (PDF)
Richmond Regional Blue and Green Infrastructure Protection Planning Project Appendix A Oct 1, 2009 - Sept 30, 2010 (PDF)
Richmond Regional Blue and Green Infrastructure Protection Planning Project Appendix B Oct 1, 2009 - Sept 30, 2010 (PDF)
Richmond Regional Blue and Green Infrastructure Protection Planning Project Appendix C Oct 1, 2009 - Sept 30, 2010 (PDF)
Richmond Regional Blue and Green Infrastructure Protection Planning Project Appendix D Oct 1, 2009 - Sept 30, 2010 (PDF)
Richmond Regional Blue and Green Infrastructure Protection Planning Project Appendix E Oct 1, 2009 - Sept 30, 2010 (PDF)
Richmond Regional Blue and Green Infrastructure Protection Planning Project Appendix F Oct 1, 2009 - Sept 30, 2010 (PDF)
Richmond Regional Blue and Green Infrastructure Protection Planning Project Appendix G Oct 1, 2009 - Sept 30, 2010 (PDF)
Richmond Regional Blue and Green Infrastructure Protection Planning Project Appendix H Oct 1, 2009 - Sept 30, 2010 (PDF)

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

The Richmond Regional Planning District Commission (RRPDC) covers over 2,000 square miles, about the size of Delaware, and provides a variety of green infrastructure coastal planning services to its member governments representing over 1 million people as follows. The RRPDC joined with the Crater Planning District Commission for this grant. The Crater PDC is located adjacent to the Richmond Regional PDC to the south, along Interstate 95 to the North Carolina boundary.

GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE INTERIM REPORT - RRPDC staff worked with the City of Richmond staff, Green Infrastructure Center and E ², and the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) to develop a detailed scope of work through a series of meetings and conference calls for the urban analysis portion of this project. The Interim Report includes details and a general timeline for this urban analysis portion and how the RRPDC and Crater PDC staff will work with rural localities to develop locality-specific blue/green infrastructure implementation policies and strategies, and/or education programs.

GIS DATA AND MAPPING FOR THE CITY OF RICHMOND - RRPDC staff worked with City of Richmond staff and members of the green infrastructure project team to identify and map blue and green infrastructure assets and develop final blue and green infrastructure asset maps that are included in the Urban Green Infrastructure Asset Assessment Model Report. RRPDC staff also used urban tree canopy GIS data produced by the VDOF to perform CITYgreen analysis of a select study area and a land cover analysis of each Council District in the City of Richmond. CITYgreen software determines the economic and ecological values of a location’s land cover. It can also predict values associated with development scenarios. As an added outcome of the mapping analysis, Growing Richmond’s Green Infrastructure Green Infrastructure Toolkit brochure was created by GIC and E2 staff for the City of Richmond as a reference document on the physical options of green infrastructure implementation.  

RURAL GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE ASSET IMPLEMENTATION - RRPDC staff and Crater PDC staff worked with rural locality staffs to develop and present locality-specific presentations describing the role of green infrastructure and highlighting possible implementation measures. RRPDC staff also presented a region-wide presentation to its governing board comprised of both rural and urban elected leaders and planning commissioners. Crater PDC organized also a regional workshop for members of its local Planning Commissions and Boards of Supervisors.  

URBAN GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE ASSET ASSESSMENT MODEL - RRPDC staff documented the work and processes used by the City of Richmond green infrastructure project team to identify and analyze blue/green infrastructure assets for the City of Richmond. RRPDC staff has recorded this methodology in the Green infrastructure Asset, A Green Print Pilot Program for the City of Richmond. This report includes the steps taken, the data utilized, and the resource agencies consulted during this work for the City of Richmond. The report can serve as a “how-to” cookbook with methodology that may be used by other cities and towns to develop an asset inventory, perform analysis on that inventory, and formulate preliminary implementation measures. 

Copies of all RRPDC reports, maps and presentations can be found online at www.richmondregional.org.

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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