Virginia CZM Program: 2012 Coastal Grant Project Description and Final Summary

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Grantee:

Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission 

Project Title:

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 12 grant, the work program will consist of four 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 and quarterly meetings with local government level planners and administrators respectively, and other appropriate government and NGO committees to assist with improved coastal planning. This will include at least four training opportunities during the grant year for local government staff and representatives.

3) MPPDC staff will provide direct research and facilitation support for the implementation of the 2012-2013 Middle Peninsula Chesapeake Bay Public Access Authority annual work plan. MPPDC staff will assist PAA with the management of Perrin Wharf facility.  The recently acquired Perrin Wharf will serve as a new model for managing publicly owned waterfront infrastructure.  Additionally, MPPDC staff will assist with research for determining appropriate funding mechanisms for various waterfront improvements such as the establishment and financing of a dredging district, redirecting marine fuel tax for commercial wharf maintenance and improvements and the connection of public waterfront infrastructure which could be used in conjunction with new water trails.       

4) MPPDC staff will write a brief report naming and describing PDC projects funded by CZM in previous years that have produced measureable benefits in subsequent years and/or have served as a foundation for additional projects. 

Federal Funding:

$30,000 

Project Contact:

Lewie Lawrence; 804.758.2311, llawrence@mppdc.com 

Project Status:

10/1/2012 - 9/30/2013; Project Completed 

Final Product Received:

Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission Technical Assistance Program Final Report (PDF) 

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission (MPPDC) staff strives to administer solution based strategic planning, enhance communication between government agencies, and provide research and GIS support to local government which is made possible through the Technical Assistance (TA) Program. The TA Program provided MPPDC with the necessary administrative framework to assist rural Middle Peninsula coastal localities (i.e. staff and elected officials) and community level groups to enhance coastal management tools and techniques that balance growth and economic development with the protection of valuable coastal resources.

Middle Peninsula localities rely annually on MPPDC staff to provide professional and technical coastal zone management planning assistance on regional coastal issues and policy and legislative changes that impact how the issues are addressed. Over the past year, the MPPDC made significant contributions by providing education and assistance on issues such as hydraulic fracturing, coastal resiliency and vitality, public access management as well as stormwater and groundwater management. Through this grant period, MPPDC outlined and completed three objectives under the FY 2013 work program:


1) 
MPPDC staff provided coastal management support to local government elected officials, local planning commissions and local planning staff and wetlands board’s staff.  For example, MPPDC staff provided GIS analysis of development proposals, provided assistance with planning and implementation of local government programs. MPPDC staff also provided research services for new, ongoing and/or emerging coastal issues.  

2) MPPDC staff convened monthly-quarterly meetings with local government level planners, government administrators, and other appropriate government and non-governmental (NGO) committees to assist with improved coastal planning. Topics of interest included FEMA’s Community Rating System, water quality regulations, and working waterfronts.

3) MPPDC staff provided direct research and facilitation of the Middle Peninsula Chesapeake Bay Public Access Authority annual work plan. MPPDC staff assisted PAA with the management of the newly acquired Perrin Wharf facility.  Perrin Wharf will serve as a new model for managing publicly owned waterfront infrastructure for the region.  In part, MPPDC staff researched funding mechanisms for waterfront improvements such as establishing and financing a dredging district which could generate revenue for commercial wharf maintenance and improvements, while providing a connection to public waterfront infrastructure.

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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