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

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Grantee:

Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission

Project Title:

Coastal Technical Assistance Program

Project Description as Proposed:

MPPDC’s Coastal Resources Technical Assistance Program provides the necessary administrative framework to assist rural Middle Peninsula coastal local governments with access to enhanced coastal zone management tools and techniques that balance economic development with protecting coastal resources.   For the federal FY 11 grant, the work program will consist of three distinct tasks:
 
1) MPPDC staff will provide coastal management support to local government elected officials, chief administrative officers for local governments, local planning staff, local planning commissions and wetlands boards staff. For example, MPPDC staff will provide GIS analysis of development proposals, land conversion, land use plans, and local land use ordinance implementation. MPPDC staff will also provide research services for ongoing and new or emerging coastal issues.    
 
2) MPPDC staff will convene monthly-quarterly meetings with local government level planners, government administrators, and other appropriate government and NGO committees to assist with improved coastal planning.
 
MPPDC staff will provide direct research and facilitation support for the implementation of the 2011-2012 Middle Peninsula Chesapeake Bay Public Access Authority annual work plan. Specifically, MPPDC staff will provide support services to coordinate for the transfer of a Perrin River commercial wharf owned by VDOT to the PAA.

Federal Funding:

$30,000

Project Contact:

Lewie L. Lawrence - 804.758.2311: llawrence@mppdc.com

Project Status:

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

Final Product Received:

MPPDC Technical Assistance Program Final Report (pdf) 

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission (MPPDC) staff strive to create and implement adaptive management techniques, enhance communication between local, regional and state officials, as well as inform the planning decisions of local, regional, and state coastal managers, all of which is made possible through the Technical Assistance (TA) Program. Specifically, the TA Program provides the MPPDC with the necessary administrative framework to assist rural Middle Peninsula coastal localities (ie. staff and elected officials) and community level groups to enhance coastal zone management tools and techniques that balance economic development while protecting coastal resources.

Middle Peninsula localities rely annually on MPPDC staff to provide professional and technical coastal zone management planning assistance related to nationally recognized coastal issues with local implications (ie. coastal development planning, habitat protection awareness, coastal resiliency and vitality, climate change, and public access management). For the Federal FY 11 grant, the MPPDC work program consisted of three distinct tasks:

1. MPPDC staff provided coastal management support to local government elected officials, chief administrative officers for local governments, local planning staff, local planning commissions and wetlands board staff. For example, MPPDC staff took the lead on designing a rural regional stormwater management program to assist Middle Peninsula localities with meeting stormwater regulations set by the Virginia General Assembly requiring local program compliance by 2014.

2. MPPDC staff convened monthly to quarterly meetings with local government level planners, government administrators, and other appropriate government and non-governmental organizations (NGO) committees to assist with improving coastal planning. A highlight was the discussion of the potential for natural gas “fracking” and oil drilling in the Middle Peninsula portion of the Taylor Basin.          

3. MPPDC staff directly supported the implementation of the Middle Peninsula Chesapeake Bay Public Access Authority (MPCBPAA) annual work plan element focusing on the transfer of ownership, from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to the MPCBPAA, of the 320 ft VDOT owned Perrin River Wharf.  The Wharf is traditionally used by commercial watermen for vessel moorage.  The MPCBPAA drafted and executed a Resolution to request the transfer of the Perrin River Wharf from VDOT to the MPCBPAA.

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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