Virginia CZM Program: 2010 Coastal Grant Project Description and Final Summary

Project Task:

51 

Grantee:

Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission 

Project Title:

Land's End Property - Preliminary Management Plan Development 

Project Description as Proposed:

The Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission (MPPDC) works to facilitate the recognition and analysis of regional opportunities. Therefore over the years the MPPDC has developed solid regional partnerships, including one with the Middle Peninsula Chesapeake Bay Public Access Authority (PAA). As a single purpose political subdivision that acts to serve the public access needs of the Middle Peninsula region of Virginia, the PAA works to “preserve and manage access to the water”. In the past the PAA have acquired land through grant funds or by gift which has contributed to approximately 864 acres dedicated to preserving water access throughout the region.

To add to the PAA’s network of properties available for public access, in February 2013, the PAA was gifted 96.81 acres valued at $1.6 million of waterfront property located on the Land’s End in Gloucester County. This Land’s End property consists of twenty-one parcels, three of which have dwellings. While much of the property is pristine coastal ecosystem, including densely forested mixed hardwood and pine trees, and tidal wetlands, the three dwellings on this land present new management issues for the PAA.

Therefore the MPPDC proposes to partner with the PAA to develop a preliminary management plan for the Land’s End property that meets the goals of the PAA while maximizing water access, outdoor recreational, and the community needs. Immediate need has been expressed for the Gloucester County Crew Team to be housed on site.

With the development of a community stakeholder group (ie. PAA Board members, community residents, Gloucester County Staff, and Board of Supervisors), MPPDC staff will facilitate discussions with stakeholders and work toward developing an approach to create a final management plan for the Land’s End Property. The Pre-Management Plan will include potential management options, needed actions, as well as draft management goals and objectives of the Land’s End Property. Additionally as this property has three dwellings, new management questions will need to be addressed, that differ from previous PAA land acquisitions. For instance, how will the dwellings be maintained? How much will this cost? What are the revenue streams that could be used to maintain the homes? Who should have access to this land and for what purposes? What are the hours of operation? Is there a need for a permanent land manager living on-site?

Until such questions are answered and an approach to creating a management plan for the Land’s End Property is established, the site will remain closed to public use.  

Federal Funding:

$5,000 

Project Contact:

Harrison Bresee; 804.758.2311; hbresee@mppdc.com 

Project Status:

4/1/2013 - 9/30/2013; Project Completed 

Final Product Received:

Severn River Property Preliminary Management Plan Development (pdf) 

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

The Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission (MPPDC) works to facilitate the recognition and analysis of regional opportunities. Over the years, the MPPDC has developed solid regional partnerships, including one with the Middle Peninsula Chesapeake Bay Public Access Authority (MPCBPAA). The MPCBPAA is a single purpose political subdivision that acts to “preserve and manage public access to the water”. In the past, the MPCBPAA has acquired land through grant funds or by gift, which has contributed to approximately 864 acres dedicated to preserving water access throughout the region.

Adding to the PAA’s network of properties available for public access, in February 2013, the PAA was gifted 96.81 acres, valued at $1.6 million, of waterfront property located on the Severn River in Gloucester County. This property consists of twenty-one parcels, three of which have dwellings. While much of the property is pristine coastal ecosystem, including tidal wetlands and densely forested mixed hardwood and pine trees, the three dwellings on this land present new management issues for the MPCBPAA.

The MPPDC partnered with the MPCBPAA to develop a preliminary management plan framework for the Severn River property that meets the goals of the MPCBPAA while maximizing water access, outdoor recreational, and community needs.

A community stakeholder group consisting of Gloucester County staff, neighbors, VA Coastal Zone Management representatives, MPPDC/MPCBPAA staff, Gloucester County Crew team representatives, Gloucester County Board Of Supervisors representatives, local businesses representing ecotourism and marine contracting, and local citizens was convened. MPPDC staff facilitated the stakeholder discussions with the strategy of working towards developing a preliminary management plan framework for the Severn River Property. Two meetings were held that resulted in three outcomes: First, the following list of potential concepts was created: Conference Center; University Marine Science Center; True Marine Aquatic Center; Eco-Discovery Park; and Outdoor Education Center. Second, every stakeholder felt that the name of the property should not be “Lands End”, but should include “Captain Sinclair” in the name. Third, an Environmental Assessment of the property should be completed before the development of a final management plan.

The final report will be available on-line at: www.mppdc.com

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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