Virginia CZM Program: 2013 Coastal Grant Project Description and Final Summary

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Grantee:

Hampton Roads Planning District Commission

Project Title:

Hampton Roads Technical Assistance Program

Project Description as Proposed:

HRPDC staff will assist 16 member local governments, other public entities, and private organizations on coastal and other environmental issues. The HRPDC will perform the following:

1. Regional Coordination Process. The coordination process involves all 16 member cities and counties and associated towns, 5 Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the Hampton Roads Sanitation District and several state and federal agencies. It addresses Core Elements of the VCZMP, Chesapeake Bay Program, and Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuarine Program. Specifically addresses CBPA implementation, wetlands, public access, environmental regulations, conservation planning and coastal energy issues.  Includes participation in the Coastal PDC Committee and the Coastal Policy Team.
2. Environmental Impact Review. Review/comment on EIA/EIS and Coastal Consistency Determinations/Certifications affecting Hampton Roads, including coordination of local response.
3. Public Information & Education. Maintain VCZMP-related information on the HRPDC website. Presentations will be made on request. Monthly status reports and/or briefings to the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission.
4. Training. Conduct four training programs/activities for local governments. Possible topics include environmental codes, LID, wetlands training, CBPA implementation, the Chesapeake Bay-wide TMDL, stormwater regulations, land conservation and funding opportunities, conservation planning, planning for sea level rise, GIS, and integrating sustainability into local plans.
5. Regional Technical Studies. Policy and technical analysis of environmental and coastal issues. Specific studies to be determined in cooperation with local governments. Potential topics include climate change and sea level rise planning, energy policy and planning, green infrastructure, and the Chesapeake Bay TMDL. Continue coordination with state and other PDCs on coastal initiatives.
6. Technical Assistance. Provide updated information and help to localities in comprehensive plan and ordinance updates and on environmental issues.

This project is a continuation of activities undertaken by the HRPDC through the VCZMP over the last twenty years. The Regional Coordination Process is integral to all of the program components, linking them into a comprehensive environmental planning program. Through this process, the HRPDC staff manages local government advisory committees addressing the VCZMP, Chesapeake Bay Program, sea level rise, land use and wetlands issues and coordinates them with local and regional initiatives in water supply, stormwater and wastewater management that are supported directly by the localities.  Each of these programs was initially supported by VCZMP seed money. In addition to the programs noted above, it is not known what requests may evolve through the process during the course of the project. They reflect developing local needs and new state and federal initiatives. Through this project, the HRPDC also participates in the Coastal PDC networking process and its involvement in VCZMP and other state and federal environmental initiatives.
To the degree feasible, the HRPDC will document program measures consistent with the NOAA Performance Measurement System.  This will include numbers of individuals participating in the various educational components and discussion of local ordinances, plans, policies and acquisitions being considered.   

Federal Funding:

$60,000 

Project Contact:

Jimontanae McBride, 757.420.8300; jmcbride@hrpdcva.gov 

Project Status:

10/1/2013 - 9/30/2014; Project Completed 

Final Product Received:

Hampton Roads Coastal Resources Technical Assistance Program Final Report (PDF) 

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

This report describes the Coastal Resources Technical Assistance Program conducted by the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission during FY 2013-2014. This program encompasses environmental impact and federal consistency review, participation in state and federal local programs, coordination of regional environmental programs that address environmental issues (including the Chesapeake Bay), public information and education, and technical assistance to Hampton Roads localities. The report contains representative samples of environmental impact reviews, comment letters, and GIS products used in assisting the Commission’s seventeen member local governments. A downloadable PDF version of the report with appendices is available at http://www.hrpdcva.gov/news/article/february/04/2015/hampton-roads-coastal-resources-technical-assistance-program,-fiscal-year-2013_2014.

Environmental Impact Review – Fifty-four (54) environmental impact assessments/statements and coastal zone consistency determinations were reviewed, local government input was coordinated, and comments were provided to DEQ for inclusion in official state positions.

Participation in State and Federal Programs – The HRPDC staff represents the region on several state and federal technical advisory committees, ensuring that the localities are aware of the programs, their activities and direction, and that local input is provided to the state or federal agency. The HRPDC staff continued to participate in the Coastal PDC Committee and Coastal Policy Team.

Regional Coordination Process – The HRPDC staff facilitates regional advisory committees addressing a variety of coastal and environmental issues.  Activities are coordinated with local utilities and stormwater and general planning programs. Through these programs, the localities develop regional consensus on state and federal regulatory and legislative issues, coordinate plans addressing these issues and exchange information on program activities. The Regional Environmental Committee met eleven (11) times between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014.

Public Information and Education – HRPDC staff maintained information on its website and provided regular briefings to local elected officials on the HRPD Commission, local governing bodies, and to professional and civic organizations.

Regional Technical Studies – HRPDC staff completed and summarized three (3) technical studies or projects. The first special project consisted of analyzing and mapping property data for coastal communities to determine the potential impact on local governments and regions from changing insurance industry practices. This work is available on the Virginia Association of Counties website at http://www.vaco.org/vaco-coastal-insurance-report/. The second project was an update to maps promoting reusable water bottles for the region’s environmental education program. The third project was the revision and updating of a regional digital elevation model based on new high-resolution LIDAR elevation data.

Technical Assistance – Assistance is provided to local government staff, consultants, businesses, and citizen environmental organizations on environmental and planning issues on request.

Benefits Accrued from Prior CZM Grants – As a result of the coastal resiliency work the HRPDC staff has completed with CZM support, the Commission voted to contribute financially to a LIDAR acquisition effort with federal partners.

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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