Virginia CZM Program: 2011 Coastal Grant Project Description and Final Summary

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Grantee:

Hampton Roads Planning District Commission

Project Title:

Coastal Technical Assistance Program

Project Description as Proposed:

Assist 16 member local governments, other public entities and private organizations on coastal and other environmental issues. The HRPDC will perform the following: 
  1. Regional Coordination Process. The coordination process involves all 16 member cities and counties and associated towns, 5 Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the Hampton Roads Sanitation District and several state and federal agencies. It addresses Core Elements of the VCZMP, Chesapeake Bay Program and Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuarine Program. Specifically addresses CBPA implementation, wetlands, public access, environmental regulations, conservation planning and coastal energy issues.  Includes participation in the Coastal PDC Committee and the Coastal Policy Team.
  2. Environmental Impact Review. Review/comment on EIA/EIS and Coastal Consistency Determinations/Certifications affecting Hampton Roads, including coordination of local response.
  3. Public Information & Education. Maintain the Hampton Roads Review Blog. Presentations will be made on request. Monthly status reports and briefings to HRPDC Commission. 
  4. Training. Conduct four training programs/activities for local governments. Possible topics include, environmental codes, LID, wetlands training, CBPA implementation, the Chesapeake Bay-wide TMDL, stormwater regulations, land conservation and funding opportunities, conservation planning and energy issues.
  5. Regional Technical Studies. Policy and technical analysis of environmental and coastal issues. Specific study to be determined in cooperation with local governments. Potential topicsinclude revisiting issues associated with the SWAMP, sea level rise, energy policy and planning, and Chesapeake Bay Program issues. Continue coordination with state and other PDCs on Coastal Integration Strategy and related initiatives.
  6. Technical Assistance. Provide updated information and help to localities in comprehensive plan and ordinance updates and on environmental issues.

Federal Funding:

$60,000

Project Contact:

Jay McBride - 757.420.8300; jmcbride@hrpdcva.gov

Project Status:

10/1/2011 - 9/30/2012; Project Completed

Final Product Received:

Hampton Roads Planning District Commission Coastal Resources Technical Assistance Program (pdf) 

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

This report describes the Coastal Resources Technical Assistance Program conducted by the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission during FY 2011-2012. This program encompasses environmental impact and federal consistency review, participation in state and federal local programs, coordination of regional environmental programs that address environmental issues (including the Chesapeake Bay), public information and education, and technical assistance to Hampton Roads localities. The report contains representative samples of environmental impact reviews, comment letters, and GIS products used in assisting the region’s sixteen local governments. A downloadable PDF version of the report with appendices is available at http://www.hrpdcva.gov/news/index/view/id/1503.

Environmental Impact Review –  Approximately sixty-seven (67) environmental impact assessments/statements and coastal zone consistency determinations were reviewed, local government input coordinated, and comments provided to DEQ for inclusion in official state positions. Summaries of all projects were provided to the HRPDC.

Participation in State and Federal Programs The HRPDC staff represents the region on several state and federal technical advisory committees, ensuring that the localities are aware of the programs, their activities and direction, and that local input is provided to the state or federal agency. The HRPDC staff continued to participate in the Coastal PDC Committee and on several Coastal Program committees.

Regional Coordination Process The HRPDC staff facilitates regional advisory committees addressing a variety of coastal and environmental issues.  Activities are coordinated with local utilities and stormwater and general planning programs. Through these programs, the localities develop regional consensus on state and federal regulatory and legislative issues, coordinate plans addressing these issues and exchange information on program activities.

Public Information and Education HRPDC staff maintained information on its website and provided regular briefings to local elected officials on the HRPD Commission, local governing bodies, and to professional and civic organizations. HRPDC staff continued use of an online newsletter, Hampton Roads Review, an example of which is located at http://www.hrpdcva.gov/Documents/Quarterly_Newsletters/2010/REVIEW_Summer10final.pdf, for public outreach and communication.

Regional Technical Studies – HRPDC staff completed and summarized three (3) technical studies. The first was an analysis of areas in the region that are potentially eligible for designation as Targeted Employment Areas. The second was the completion of a bare-earth Digital Elevation Model through the merging of the best available elevation data for the region. The third was the development of a map and underlying geographic information system (GIS) for Reality Check Hampton Roads, a regional planning and visioning exercise held in May 2012.

Technical Assistance – Assistance is provided to local government staff, consultants, businesses, and citizen environmental organizations on environmental and planning issues on request. 

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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Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000


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