Virginia CZM Program: 2013 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 local staff representatives that work with coastal resource management issues.

3. Issue Analysis/Special Project
a. Water Quality Benefits of Redevelopment of Infill/ Previously Developed Parcels Along Major Corridor(s) (to be defined for selection)  

Federal Funding:

$30,000 

Project Contact:

Barbara Jacocks, 804.323.2033; bjacocks@richmondregional.org 

Project Status:

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

Final Product Received:

Richmond Regional PDC Technical Assistance Final Report (PDF) 

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

Technical Assistance – RRPDC staff processed 65 environmental reviews and 23 intergovernmental reviews.

Coordination and Training – RRPDC staff hosted 4 Environmental TAC meetings throughout FFY13.
• January 24, 2014 – Chuck Gates, the RRPDC Legislative Liaison, provided attendees an update on relevant legislation in the General Assembly.  The remainder of the meeting was a roundtable discussion of local stromwater program development among locality staff. 
• March 14, 2014 – Walter Gills, DEQ staff, joined via conference call to discuss the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund (SLAF).  Mr. Gills reviewed the FY14 selection process and provided guidance for the FY15 round.  Locality staffs participated in discussion about the development of local stormwater programs in light of recent legislation passed by the General Assembly.  There was consensus to develop a regional Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPP) template that could be used across the Region by localities operating their own stormwater program.
• April 29, 2014 – Henrico County staff presented a draft version of the Henrico County Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) template.  This template is now being used by other localities in the Region with slight modifications to suit their own locality.  Use of a common template across the Region creates efficiencies for local staff, as well as the development community.
• August 8, 2014 - Discussions included the RRPDC environmental review process seeking local input for improvements, a presentation of Stormwater Training Modules developed by Chesterfield County through a grant from DEQ, plans for the RRPDC to host a meeting with DCR on the Virginia Outdoors Plan, and a roundtable discussion of updates on local stormwater programs.

Existing Land Use Layer Updates nad Midlothian Corridor Analysis as Prototype for Other Underutilized Corridors
Existing Land Use - RRPDC staff is currently conducting an update of 2009 – 2011 Existing Land Use GIS base layer using 2013 VGIN aerial imagery.  The data for all localities in the Coastal Zone is currently being updated, with preliminary analysis for Charles City and New Kent Counties, and Richmond City already completed.

Midlothian Corridor Prototype - RRPDC staff completed Maximizing Potential: Midlothian – Belt Boulevard Corridor Study.  RRPDC staff worked with a team of City staff to analyze and make recommendations for the Midlothian Turnpike (US Route 60) corridor between Belt Boulevard and Chippenham Parkway in the City of Richmond.  Key recommendations include: need to reduce impervious surfaces, ways to integrate plans for the James River Branch Trail and Reedy Creek Greenways into revitalization of the area, and opportunities to capitalize on existing urban agriculture locations.
 
Groundwork RVA - RRPDC staff attends monthly full board meetings, Projects Committee meetings, and weekly meetings with Executive Director.  RRPDC staff is helping to guide the direction of the organization as they tackle projects including greenways in riparian areas, brownfield education and awareness, landscaping of underutilized areas and outdoor education.

Benefits Accrued from Prior CZM Grants - Benefits noted this year by RRPDC staff and partners include:  3rd printing of the Rivers of the Richmond Region brochure through a $4,000 donation from MWV, and removal of invasive species from Chapel Island by youth volunteers organized by Groundwork RVA.

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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