Virginia CZM Program: 2014 Coastal Grant Project Description and Final Summary

Project Task:

3

Grantee:

Department of Environmental Quality-Environmental Impact Review

Project Title:

EIR and Federal Consistency

Project Description as Proposed:

The following activities will be performed as part of this project:

  • Conduct federal consistency reviews of activities which can affect Virginia's coastal uses and resources pursuant to the CZMA and the federal consistency regulations.
  • Coordinate Virginia's review of environmental documents for development of federal and state facilities and actions in Tidewater, Virginia which require federal approvals or assistance.
  • Continue to update Virginia's EIR manual and federal consistency information packages as necessary to reflect legislative and policy changes.
  • Provide interpretation of federal consistency requirements to federal agencies, applicants for federal permits, approvals, or funding, and consultants preparing consistency determinations or certifications. 
  • Provide technical assistance to state reviewers and local government officials on the use of federal consistency and conduct group trainings (when there are opportunities to do so) at workshops sponsored by other agencies.
  • Maintain and update the EIR/Federal Consistency website.
  • Ensure public participation in the review of federal consistency documents to include publishing notices of consistency reviews in appropriate media such as DEQ’s website, Town Hall Register, local newspapers and holding public hearings when necessary; and
  • Conduct site visits as necessary.

Federal Funding:

$222,426

Project Contact:

John Fisher, 804.698.4339; john.fisher@deq.virginia.gov

Project Status:

10/1/14 - 9/30/15; Project Closed

Final Product Received:

Final Project Summary serves as Final Product. 

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

During the period of October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015, the Office of Environmental Impact Review/Federal Consistency (OEIR) reviewed 160 development projects and management plans for consistency with the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program (VCP).  This represents 82% of the total amount of projects reviewed (194) during this period.  Major state projects accounted for 31 projects, 90 were federal actions, and 61 were federally funded projects. The 90 federal actions included 31 federal agency activities, 43 federal licenses and approvals, and 1 outer continental shelf project. The 31 federal agency activities included 21 projects submitted under the residual category pursuant to the federal consistency regulation (15 CFR 930.31(c)), which consisted of 17 U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) mortgage insurance projects, 1 financial assistance from Health Resources & Services Administration, 1 U.S. General Services Administration lease proposal and 2 financial assistance from U.S. Department of Agriculture to private entities.   All federal consistency determinations and federal consistency certifications were completed within the established legal deadlines. 

Representatives from the Office of Environmental Impact Review (OEIR) attended a public meeting held on March 31, 2015 in Norfolk, Virginia hosted by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) on the Geological and Geophysical (G&G) activities. Eight companies have submitted ten Geological and Geophysical permits in the Atlantic. BOEM is currently in the process of reviewing those permits.

The OEIR continues to provide informal training on federal consistency requirements to consultants who prepare consistency documents for federal agencies and applicants for federal permits and maintains a website for Federal Consistency Reviews which can be accessed through DEQ's main webpage or found at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/EnvironmentalImpactReview.aspx    The OEIR webpage is updated weekly.

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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