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

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Northern Neck Planning District Commission

Project Title:

Coastal Technical Assistance Program

Project Description as Proposed:

The NNPDC FY11 environmental work program will consist of four work tasks:
1) NNPDC staff will provide coastal management support to local governments, planning Commissions, and local planning staff. NNPDC staff will provide GIS analysis of land development proposals, land conversion and land use plans. Special assistance will be given to Westmoreland County to reconcile re-projection problems with existing GIS data layers and to cater the system to meet the needs of the Land Use office.
2) NNPDC Staff will support local planning, staff education, training and coordination through quarterly Coastal Managers (Land Use Administrator's) Meetings and four training sessions. Four training sessions for local county staff will be integrated into meeting schedule, to assist localities in being prepared for new state and federal regulations to improve water quality and to address other coastal issues such as coastal hazards.
3) NNPDC staff will revise/update five digital tax maps (including inserts) for Northumberland County.
4) NNPDC staff will create a canoe/kayak water trails map for Lancaster, Richmond and Westmoreland Counties. Northumberland County already has a canoe/kayak water trails map that was created by a citizen group last year. With many local citizens as well as out- of-town tourists asking for water trail maps, there is definitely a regional need for such maps for use by the public. There will be a county map of all the water trails displayed as well as individual maps for each water trail route. All water trail maps will be published on the Northern Neck Planning District Commission’s website and will be downloadable for interested parties so they can print specific routes when needed.

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Stuart McKenzie - 804.333.1900:

Project Status:

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

Final Product Received:

Northern Neck Planning District Commission Technical Assistance Final Report (pdf) 

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

Northern Neck Planning District Commission (NNPDC) staff provided coastal management technical assistance to local member governments, to non-profit Land Conservancy agencies and to the local master gardener's Integrated Shoreline Evaluation Assistance (ISEA) program. Maps were produced to show tax map revisions, to assess population for a financial analysis of a possible sewer system extension, to examine emergency services coverage and overlap in two Northern Neck counties, as well as to facilitate conservation easement negotiations for select private lands.

NNPDC staff held quarterly local coordination meetings with the four county land use administration staff. These meetings provided a means for exchanging information, training opportunities regarding important coastal issues and dissemination of information from the state that is of import to the Northern Neck localities. Coordination activities included regional work on the Bay TMDL Watershed Implementation Plan, Phase II, as well as regional work on the new local implementation of the  new stormwater program. Training sessions conducted were held on; the Virginia Assessment Scenario Tool (VAST) for Bay TMDL Implementation progress tracking, New Alternative On Site Wastewater Regulations and Update on Identified Failing Septic System Repairs - by local Virginia Department of Health staff, New Local Stormwater Implementation Program - by Department of Conservation and Recreation staff, and the new Comprehensive Coastal Resources Management Plan (CCRMP) as required in county comprehensive plan revisions, given by Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) staff.

Specific products for member counties include ongoing revision of digital tax maps for Northumberland County. NNPDC staff completed revising five tax maps this grant year, Tax Maps 18, 20, 21, 42, 43 and are steadily updating the county’s changing tax parcels outlines to up-to-date aerial photography. These updated tax maps will be used in planning projects, as well as in day-to-day county operations.

NNPDC staff created six water trail guides in three Northern Neck Counties, Lancaster, Richmond and Westmoreland. The creeks covered by the water trail guides in Lancaster County are Deep Creek, Mulberry Creek, and Little Oyster Creek. In Richmond County, Cat Point Creek, Morattico Creek, and Lancaster Creek had water trail guides produced. In Westmoreland County, water trail guides were produced for Monroe Bay-Monroe Creek and Currioman Bay (Nomini Creek). All water trail guide maps are geared for short excursions (2-4 hrs) and have a loop course for those paddlers who do not have multiple vehicles for ferrying watercraft. All water trails have sheltered beginner/novice sections, while a few have advanced/expert (open water) sections. Accompanying each trail map is a short narrative that highlights the history, flora and fauna, as well as fishing tips tailored for each area. Safety considerations are also mentioned, as winds can produce large waves which makes navigating with small boat hazardous. NNPDC staff worked closely with the Northern Neck Tourism Commission on this water trail project. A limited number of hard copies were printed for Lancaster, Richmond and Westmoreland Counties, but the main publishing outlet is online, in the form of downloadable PDFs. The Northern Neck Water Trail Guides are available on the NNPDC's affiliate organization, the Northern Neck Tourism Commission's website at:, then scroll to the very bottom of the page and look for 'Water Trails'. To navigate to the maps from the main Northern Neck Tourism page (, click on the upper tab Visit>Recreation>Water Trails. All water trail map guides are two pages, the first page showing the map and the second page hosting the narrative portion of the water trail guide. 

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:

A more detailed Scope of Work for this project is available. Please direct your request for a copy to

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

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