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

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Grantee:

Richmond Regional Planning District Commission

Project Title:

Coastal Technical Assistance Program

Project Description as Proposed:

The Richmond Regional Planning District Commission will provide policy and planning assistance to member localities as follows: Technical Assistance Local government technical assistance Coordination Quarterly meetings of the Environmental Technical Advisory Committee Support Stormwater Management Task Force Support Utility Director Task Force Training Issue Analysis/Special Projects Research: Impervious Surface Forecast Special Project: Public Access to Pamunkey, Appomattox and Lower James Rivers Inventory Special Project: Regional Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment

Federal Funding:

$30,000

Project Contact:

Barbara Jacocks - 804.323.2033; bjacocks@richmondregional.org

Project Status:

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

Final Product Received:

RRPDC Technical Assistance Program Final Report (pdf)

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

Technical Assistance RRPDC staff processed 80 environmental and intergovernmental reviews during FFY 2011.  RRPDC staff assisted local staffs with mapping and research during development of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL Phase II WIP.

Coordination RRPDC staff coordinated with locality planning staff regarding the planning and implementation of the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load and associated 2-year milestones.  RRPDC staff also coordinated with locality staff regarding implementation of the revised Stormwater Regulations promulgated by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.  This ongoing communication and coordination feeds directly into the planning of training sessions mentioned below. In May, RRPDC staff attended the Chesapeake Modeling Symposium .  RRPDC staff were able to gain great insight into the workings of the suite of models constituting the Chesapeake Bay model that are used to inform the Chesapeake Bay TMDL process.  Findings were reported to locality staff.

Training RRPDC staff hosted an Environmental TAC training session on April 16. RRPDC staff hosted an Environmental TAC meeting on June 28.  RRPDC staff also held educational meetings with local staffs during the development and refinement of the regional existing land use GIS layer.  RRPDC staff provided an educational training session for local planners about water quality and the TMDL process.

Coastal Mapping Update RRPDC staff has developed a regional existing land use map.  This existing land use map can serve a wealth of planning purposes related to Coastal Zone Management objectives.  Analysis of land use by locality and by zoning classification utility service has begun.  Presentations of the findings have been provided to the RRPDC board. For more information about the regional existing land use map, please contact RRPDC staff at 804-323-2033.  Copies of the presentations and handouts can be found on the RRPDC website at www.richmondregional.org .  RRPDC staff began work with Virginia Department of Environmental Quality staff to map water quality monitoring data across the Richmond Region. The existing land use data, paired with water quality monitoring data, will enable regional and local planners to track changes land use may have on water quality over time.  Due to the complicated and disparate data for the various rivers in the Richmond Region, this mapping effort is not complete and is planned for continued work under the FFY12 grant.

Regional Future Land Use Update RRPDC staff incorporated the GIS data layer for the Town of Ashland’s 2011 Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use map into the Regional Future Land Use Map.  RRPDC staff continues to coordinate with locality staff regarding amendments and updates to their respective future land use maps. 

Coordination on Public Access to the Region’s Rivers RRPDC staff obtained a copy of a 1997 report produced jointly by the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (VDCR): Inventory of Bridges Receiving Recreational Use.  RRPDC staff has reviewed this report and summarized findings in the grant Final Product Report. Meanwhile, RRPDC staff was able to use funds from MeadWestvaco to reprint an additional 30,000 copies of the Rivers of the Richmond Region Public Access Guide produced during the FFY10 Richmond Regional PDC Technical Assistance Program grant.    These maps have been reprinted and were distributed to interested partners across the region.  PDFs of these maps are available at http://www.richmondregional.org/planning/RiversGuide.htm.

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


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