Virginia CZM Program: 2013 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 13 grant, the work program will consist of three 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 board’s 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-quarterly meetings with local government level planners, government administrators, and other appropriate government and NGO committees to assist with improved coastal planning.

3) MPPDC staff will provide direct research and facilitation support for the implementation of the 2013-2014 Middle Peninsula Chesapeake Bay Public Access Authority (PAA) annual work plan. Specifically, MPPDC staff will assist PAA with the management of a recent private donation of 97 acres of waterfront land on the Severn River, Gloucester Virginia.  The site is assessed at $1.6 Million and offers many possible new multiple uses and as a result potential unanticipated waterfront and water use conflicts.   The PAA is seeking funding for the development of a framework for a site management plan.  It is envisioned that assistance provided under the Coastal TA grant will complement the management plan development process undertaken by the PAA.   MPPDC staff will work in partnership with the PAA to determine what uses offer the highest benefit to citizens of the Commonwealth, the host locality and the PAA as the owner of the site.  Additionally, MPPDC staff proposes to provide general technical assistance to the PAA with research services to help determine 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 and existing water trails. 

Federal Funding:

$30,000 

Project Contact:

Lewie Lawrence, 804.758.2311; llawrence@mppdc.com 

Project Status:

10/1/2013 - 9/30/214; 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 governments 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 storm water 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, land conversions, land use plans and local land use ordinance implementation and other 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 recurrent flooding due to ditch maintenance and sea level rise, water quality regulations, and working waterfronts.

3) MPPDC staff provided direct research and support for the implementation of the 2013-2014 Middle Peninsula Chesapeake Bay Public Access Authority annual work plan. MPPDC staff assisted PAA with the management of the newly acquired properties and creating a more efficient method of reserving and using public land through creation of the online reservation program. MPPDC staff researched numerous issues surrounding the public right to use and access several public roads with private ownership that provide access to public PAA properties. MPPDC also provided technical assistance to the PAA to research and acquire funding opportunities for waterfront improvements.

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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