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

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Northern Neck Planning District Commission 

Project Title:

Northern Neck PDC Technical Assistance Program 

Project Description as Proposed:

The NNPDC FY12 environmental work program will consist of  six 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.

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.

3) NNPDC staff will revise and update an additional five digital tax maps (including inserts) for Northumberland County .

4) NNPDC staff will work with Lancaster County to create a county wide water trail map set for the majority of the creeks within the County. Existing public water access sites will be utilized as put-in and take-out points, as well as any existing marinas interested in being included in the water trail system in order to maximize accessibility. Historical, cultural, natural and environmental aspects will be highlighted along each section of water trails in Lancaster County. The Lancaster County Water Trail maps will be published on the Northern Neck Tourism Commission website for distribution.

5) NNPDC staff  will assist Richmond County with the implementing Phase III of  the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act by modifying the Farm Field Inventory that was revised in a 2006 PDC VACZM Technical Assistance Grant and compiling a mailing list of landowners for notification of the requirement to have up-to-date nutrient management plans, as required by the Act. The farm field inventory data will be intersected with the county's digital tax map layer to ascertain the owners of the agricultural lands, and converted to an MS Excel file for mailing of notification letters .

6) NNPDC staff will assist Westmoreland County in creating a county wide water trail system within the tidal creeks of the county, as well as along the main stem of the Potomac River from Colonial Beach down to the Western Yeocomico River. NNPDC staff will create maps of canoe/kayak routes, points of interest, infrastructure available (lodging, supplies, food, drink, etc.) and will focus on the natural, cultural and historic features intrinsic to the area. Draft signage will be created for several launch sites, tailored to that particular stretch of water trail. The Westmoreland County water trail maps will be published on the Northern Neck Tourism Commission website for world-wide distribution. 

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Stuart McKenzie; 804.333.1900 x 25,

Project Status:

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

Final Product Received:

Northern Neck Planning District Commission VA CZM Program PDC Technical Assistance Grant FY 12, Task 45 Final Report (pdf) 

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

Northern Neck Planning District Commission (NNPDC) staff provided coastal technical assistance to its four local member governments for the Virginia counties of Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond and Westmoreland. Technical assistance included mapping parcels under consideration for development, soils with a high erosive potential, comprehensive plan map revision, as well as emergency services mapping.  NNPDC staff also assisted Lancaster County with a VDGIF Grants to Localities for Public Boating Access, in which several maps were created to show the conceptual plan of the proposed power boat launch site, the location of the site, other boating sites within 50 miles, as well as a 15 mile road radius analysis from the site to identify other boating access sites that may be impacted.

NNPDC staff held local government coordination meetings with member locality land use administrators on a variety of issues, focusing mainly on local implementation of the Virginia Stormwater Management Program, which has been mandated by the state general assembly to be taken over by localities on July 1, 2014. NNPDC staff invited an environmental consultant to discuss the possible ramifications of the new stormwater law, an attorney to talk about drafting a local stormwater ordinance, and another consultant to discuss ways to gather stormwater and Best Management Practices inspection information in the field and transmit it back to the office for use in a Geographic Information system. NNPDC staff trained local county staff on the use of the Natural Heritage Data Explorer (NHDE), which is an online mapping tool for localities to use in screening potential development projects in their county for rare, threatened and endangered species and habitat. NNPDC staff noted that the NHDE site could be used by localities to create maps from the mapping tool, without the need for expensive GIS mapping software.

NNPDC staff continued to build on previous grant year's work by revising five more digital tax maps for Northumberland County. NNPDC staff used the most recent Virginia Base Mapping Program's digital aerial photos from 2009 to revised the five tax maps. New parcels were added, some parcels were merged, and parcel boundaries were adjusted to line up with roads, fence lines and the shorelines. The tax maps that were revised this year were tax map 11, 12, 36, 40 and 41.

NNPDC staff assisted Richmond County by revising a previously produced GIS farm inventory using 2009 aerial photographs. Using GIS, NNPDC staff intersected the farm inventory with the digital tax maps in order to generate a list of agricultural landowners for notification of the Chesapeake Bay Protection Act's requirement for nutrient management plans.

NNPDC staff continued work on the region's water trail network by creating a county water trail plan for Lancaster and Westmoreland County. NNPDC staff  enhanced the Northern Neck Tourism water trail section of the website by creating additional water trails for Greenvale Creek and the Corrotoman River in Lancaster County to supplement the two existing water trails for Mulberry/Deep Creek and Little Oyster Creek.  For Westmoreland County, NNPDC staff created the Lower Machodoc Creek Water Trail and Bonum Creek Water Trail to add to the two existing water trails in Monroe Bay/Creek and Currioman Bay.  In addition to the shorter, 1/2 day to day water trail trips mentioned above, NNPDC created a through canoe/kayak water trail down the Rappahannock River for Lancaster County and down the Potomac for Westmoreland County. NNPDC staff, with help from Northern Neck Tourism Commission (NNTC) staff, created a logistical support page to aid long distance paddlers in planning lodging, meals and things to do in the vicinity of each water trail stop for both Lancaster and Westmoreland County. NNPDC staff also created a Northern Neck Water Trail marker sign. The countywide water trail maps for each county were used as a graphic user interface for the water trails in Lancaster and Westmoreland County, to replace the text interface that preceded it on the Northern Neck Tourism webpage. The link to the water trail portion of the NNTC webpage is:

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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