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

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Hampton Roads Planning District Commission

Project Title:

Hampton Roads Sea Level Rise Planning and Technical Assistance

Project Description as Proposed:

The Hampton Roads region of Virginia is projected to be significantly vulnerable in terms of population, assets, and resources to the impacts of sea level rise, including chronic flooding/inundation and larger effects from storm surge during hurricanes and nor’easters. The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission has recognized the significance of this threat for the last several years and has consistently sought out opportunities to fund projects and studies and to partner with other stakeholders in the region, including academic institutions such as the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and Old Dominion University, state/federal agencies such as the Virginia Sea Grant program and NOAA, and local government partners such as Virginia Beach, to promote effective long-term planning for sea level rise and flooding adaptation. This project will build on previous efforts in order to increase the region’s knowledge base and technical capacity to plan for sea level rise. In particular, this project will include the development of new sea level rise inundation maps upon the receipt of updated LIDAR elevation data (expected by the end of 2013), the establishment of a sea level rise adaptation technical working group, case study analyses of sea level rise impacts and vulnerability, the establishment of a technical assistance program for local governments, and continued outreach, education, and coordination efforts on this and related issues such as flooding, hazard mitigation, and planning for sustainable communities. 

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Benjamin McFarlane, 757.420.8300; 

Project Status:

1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014; Project Completed 

Final Product Received:

Hampton Roads Sea Level Rise Planning and Technical Assistance (PDF) 

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

This report documents the results of work by the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission on providing technical assistance related to sea level rise adaptation and planning to local governments between October 2013 and September 2015. The report consists of five major sections. The first part documents the development of new regional sea level rise inundation maps and the methodology used to create them. The second part covers the creation of a new regional local government committee to address issues related to flooding and sea level rise. The third section describes sea level rise research and analysis case studies. The fourth part documents technical assistance work provided to localities. The fifth section describes the HRPDC staff’s public outreach, education, and coordination efforts. In addition to these sections, there are appendices with supporting documentation and information.

The GIS data layers used for the mapping component will be made available to Hampton Roads localities. Requests by other parties should be directed to Ben McFarlane, Senior Regional Planner, at The report will be made available online at the HRPDC’s website:

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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