Virginia CZM Program: 2013 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 FY13 environmental work program will consist of six work tasks:
1) NNPDC staff will provide coastal management support to local governments, planning commissions, local planning staff, as well as the Northern Neck Land Conservancy. 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 Administrators) Meetings and four training sessions. Four training sessions for local county staff will be integrated into the  meeting schedule to assist localities in preparing for new state and federal regulations to improve water quality.
3) NNPDC staff will assist Northumberland County with tracking the Five Year Septic Pumpout Program, which is a requirement of the Virginia Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act. NNPDC staff will assist Northumberland County with a backlog of septic pumpout verification forms from residents who have had their septic tank pumped out. NNPDC staff will digitize the septic pumpout verification forms by entering data into the county's tracking system.
NNPDC staff will also work with Richmond County to assist in complying with the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act's Five Year Septic Pumpout Program. As with Northumberland County, Richmond County has notified citizens of the requirement to have septic tanks pumped out every five years and currently has a backlog of returned pumpout verification forms that need to be integrated into a tracking system. NNPDC staff will assist Richmond County staff in designing procedures and a database to track compliance and to notify staff when citizens need to perform the next five year septic pumpout to be compliant.
4) NNCBPAA staff will assist Lancaster County in analyzing up to five Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) road endings for possible water access sites. Lancaster County will provide NNCBPAA staff with up to five road ending locations to investigate the ownership of the land and to analyze the possibilities for public access to state coastal waters. NNCBPAA will consult the MPPDC VDOT road ending protocol for examining the sites chosen by Lancaster County and create a report of the findings.
5)  NNPDC staff will assist Westmoreland County in building capacity within the county's Geographic Information System (GIS). Westmoreland County staff requested a digital map created from the existing digital E911 road layer to be used as a basemap in the county planning and zoning department GIS, as well as to have a printable up to date county roadmap for use in day to day operations. NNPDC staff will also request a copy of the LIDAR  data that  has already been collected through state and/or federal agencies and transform it into a format compatible with the county's GIS.
6) NNPDC staff have been assisting its member counties with implementing new stormwater management programs. County staff expressed a need for education for citizens who are interested in constructing their own stormwater retention/infiltration devices without the help of a professional engineer, in an effort  to try to keep construction costs down. NNPDC staff will create educational brochures and fact sheets that outline the requirements for stormwater infiltration and volume reduction and provide sample construction drawings for typical stormwater retention devices, such as, but not limited to, rain barrels, infiltration trenches, and rain gardens. The education brochures will be distributed to Northern Neck counties and towns in digital format, for printing and possible placement on county websites for viewing and download. Additionally, each Northern Neck county will receive printed copies.

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Stuart McKenzie, 804.333.1900 x25; 

Project Status:

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

Final Product Received:

Northern Neck Planning District Commission Technical Assistance Grant FY 13 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 creating census maps, revising a comprehensive plan map, as well as providing maps to assist the Northern Neck Land Conservancy. NNPDC staff also assisted Richmond and Lancaster Counties by creating grant applications to the VDGIF Grants to Localities for Public Boating Access. The proposed boat ramp site in Lancaster County is at Windmill Point Marina, and the improvements to an existing boating access site in Richmond County is Farnham Creek Landing. Several maps were created to show the conceptual plan for  the proposed power boat launch sites, the location of the sites, and a 15 mile road radius analysis from the site to identify other boating access sites that may be impacted.

NNPDC staff held local government training and coordination meetings with member locality land use administrators focused on groundwater and the expansion of the Virginia Groundwater Management Area. NNPDC staff invited Virginia DEQ staff to explain to the municipalities in the Northern Neck how to apply for a groundwater permit since the Northern Neck is now in the state groundwater management area. An environmental consultant  presented on the concept of artificial aquifer recharge to extend groundwater resources. In addition, training was provided on wetlands protection and opportunities for restoration at the Wetlands Summit, and a coordination session was held with staff from the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge on possible new public water access sites.

NNPDC staff assisted Richmond County with updating their Chesapeake Bay Act Five Year Septic Pumpout Program database and notification system. NNPDC staff joined the newly revised land ownership book database with the county septic pumpout database to update the mailing addresses for owners of properties in Richmond County that had a septic system present that had not been shown to have been pumped out within five years, that have not installed an septic effluent filter and that resided in the county's Farnham Creek Magisterial District. NNPDC staff generated a mail merged septic pumpout notification letter for 836 residents in the county from the updated landbook and septic pumpout databases.

NNPDC staff examined three VDOT road endings in Lancaster County for use as possible public water access sites, utilizing the previously VACZM Funded Landing and Road Ending Acquisitions Protocol developed by the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission in 2005. NNPDC staff examined the road endings at Old Ferry Road (Rt. F689), River Road (Rt.354), and Beach Road (Rt. 639) in Lancaster County. NNPDC staff obtained historical aerial photographs for each of the road ending sites and created maps of current and historic aerial photographs. NNPDC staf researched the chain of title for properties adjacent to the road endings and found no evidence that any of the road endings were publicly owned, or had tax dollars spend on improvements. Staff from the local VDOT residency concurred that there was no public rights of way past the end of pavement at each of the sites.

NNPDC staff assisted Westmoreland County in enhancing their Geographic Information System by downloading and compiling recent (2013) LIDAR elevation data.  This LIDAR data can be used by the County for emergency planning, as well as to steer new developments to areas that are above tropical storm surge flood levels. NNPDC staff also created a County road map that has all roads in the county labeled with the road name and state route number that can be used as a road map as well as a base map for other county mapping operations.

NNPDC staff created four stormwater educational brochures that were distributed to the counties. Two of the brochures dealt with the overall stormwater management regulations, and the other two detailed specific stormwater BMPs.

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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