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

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Grantee:

Richmond Regional Planning District Commission 

Project Title:

Richmond Regional PDC Technical Assistance Program 

Project Description as Proposed:

The Richmond Regional Planning District Commission will provide policy and planning assistance to member localities as follows: 

1.      Technical Assistance 
         a.       Local government technical assistance

2.      Coordination & Training
          a.       Quarterly meetings of Environmental Technical Advisory Committee 

3.      Issue Analysis/Special Projects
         a.       Regional GIS Base Layer Update and Maintenance
         b.       Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load Support 

Federal Funding:

$30,000 

Project Contact:

Barbara Jacocks; 804.323.2033, bjacocks@richmondregional.org 

Project Status:

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

Final Product Received:

Richmond Regional PDC Technical Assistance Final Report (pdf) 

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

Technical Assistance RRPDC staff processed 116 environmental and intergovernmental reviews during FFY 2012.

Coordination & Training RRPDC staff hosted 4 Environmental TAC meetings throughout FY 2012. 
• October 17, 2012 - Discussion focused on how localities are dealing with the new and ever-changing water quality requirements, namely the new Virginia stormwater regulations and the Chesapeake Bay TMDL.  RRPDC staff provided a presentation about the state and federal programs affecting the water quality landscape; a roundtable discussion followed.
• December 12, 2012 - RRPDC staff opened the meeting with a short presentation and updates on DCR stormwater grants, the Bay Program Land Use Workgroup, and the RRPDC Legislative Agenda. A regional roundtable discussion followed concerning MS4 permits, local stormwater program updates, and Bay TMDL implementation plans.
• January 31, 2013 - DCR and Regional Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) were represented in addition to local government staff.  The first portion of the meeting focused on Chesapeake Bay TMDL implementation in the agricultural sector.  The group requested another agriculturally-focused roundtable be organized in approximately six months.  The second half of the meeting focused on new Phase II MS4 permits using analysis by Chesterfield County staff on the draft Arlington permit.
• September 18, 2013 – RRPDC staff provided an update on the Chesapeake Bay TMDL, reporting requirements, and ongoing Bay model improvements. Localities then discussed the development of or amendments to local stormwater management programs in accordance with State regulations. 

Regional Base Layer Update & Maintenance RRPDC staff presented analysis to the RRPDC Board at their October 2012 meeting using regional data layers for existing land use, generalized zoning, and water and sewer service areas.  This analysis focused on the undeveloped land within the existing water/sewer service area as depicted by individual zoning classification and by jurisdiction. RRPDC staff continues to maintain the regional existing land use GIS data layer as an integral part of many current projects, including City food policy implementation with RRPDC staff in the role of Richmond’s Food Policy Advisor, development of a small area plan to capitalize on and protect the Virginia Capital Trail in the vicinity of the Route 5 Corridor/Courthouse area in Charles City County, and for a corridor plan for Midlothian Turnpike (Route 60) in the City of Richmond.  Regional impervious surface data is also being employed to indicate where there is potential for reducing impervious surface, improving stormwater management, and water quality in the Reedy Creek watershed, in which the corridor is located.

Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load Support The Chesapeake Bay Program has established a Land Use Technical Workgroup to inform the 2017 version of the suite of models that provide input into the Chesapeake Bay TMDL.  RRPDC staff has maintained frequent contact with the co-chairs of the workgroup and continues to inform local staffs of developments. RRPDC staff made local staffs aware of the effort by DCR to provide updated data to the Bay Modeling Program to inform the development of and for possible use in the 2017 updated version of the Bay suite of models.  One RRPDC locality chose to provide data in response to the request.
 
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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