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

Project Task:

48

Grantee:

Richmond Regional Planning District Commission

Project Title:

Richmond Regional Technical Assistance

Project Description as Proposed:

The Richmond Regional Planning District Commission will provide policy and planning assistance to member localities as follows:

1. Technical Assistance Report

• RRPDC staff will provide technical assistance to local governments in the Richmond Region for items such as environmental and intergovernmental reviews, grant applications, local and Chesapeake Bay TMDL planning, etc.

2. Coordination & Training Report

• RRPDC will host quarterly meetings of local staff representatives that work with coastal resource management issues.

3. Issue Analysis/Special Project – Regional Existing Land Use Trends Analysis Report

• RRPDC staff will report on analysis conducted using the Richmond Region’s existing land use data sets.  Regional existing land use data sets were created in FFY11 and FFY13 to reflect data that was current and available at that time.

4. Issue Analysis/Special Project – Regional Green Infrastructure Base Map Update Report

• RRPDC staff will report on an update to the Richmond Region Green Infrastructure base map.  The base map was originally created in FFY08 as part of the Richmond-Crater Blue-Green Infrastructure project.  Only the base map for the Richmond Region will be updated.

5. Issue Analysis/Special Project – Report on Local Implementation Advocacy

• RRPDC staff will report on work completed in conjunction with the Groundwork RVA board to improve underserved communities in Richmond through projects that will improve water quality and quality of life.

Federal Funding:

$30,000

Project Contact:

Barbara Jacocks, 804.323.2033 x103; bjacocks@richmondregional.org  

Project Status:

10/1/14 - 9/30/15; Project Closed 

Final Product Received:

Richmond Regional PDC Technical Assistance Final Report (PDF) 

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

Technical Assistance – RRPDC staff processed 46 environmental reviews and 32 intergovernmental reviews.

Coordination and Training - On October 2, 2014, RRPDC staff organized an Environmental TAC meeting at the Charles City County Government Building.  Locality staff and Soil and Water Conservation District staff were in attendance.  DEQ staff provided a presentation on the revived efforts of Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act compliance reviews. A roundtable discussion on the topic of locality and SWCD coordination followed the presentation by DEQ staff.  On October 30, 2014, RRPDC staff hosted the Virginia Outdoors Plan Richmond Regional Meeting.  DCR staff presented the 2013 Virginia Outdoors Plan and web mapper.  Feedback was also sought from local planners, recreation professionals and other stakeholders regarding data accuracy and updates for the Plan and web mapper.  On January 8, 2015, RRPDC staff hosted an information session for Board members and locality staff on the subject of biosolids and industrial residuals production, land application, science, legislation and permitting.  Presenters included Henrico County Utilities staff, Virginia Tech soil science staff, DEQ staff, and House of Delegates Representative Chris Peace.  On May 7, 2015, RRPDC staff hosted an Environmental TAC meeting.  Chesterfield County staff provided a presentation of the County’s IDDE Traveling Car Wash Kit.  The kit is free to county residents who plan to hold a car wash to benefit a non-profit, community or school group, such as a girl scout troop or soccer team.  The kit prevents the wash waste water from illegally entering the County’s MS4 system.  Timmons and City of Richmond staff led a discussion about future opportunities of a regional Army Corps permit in the Richmond Region.  City of Richmond staff provided a presentation on the Integrated Permit Planning Process currently underway; RVA H2O.  The meeting concluded with a round robin discussion around the table of current and future projects and issues.

Regional Existing Land Use Trends Analysis - RRPDC staff have completed the second iteration of the regional existing land use inventory.  The Existing Land Use Inventory was first completed in 2009; this iteration updated to data using 2013 aerial imagery. Preliminary data findings and analysis will be included in the FFY14 Final Report to the VCZM Program.

Green Infrastructure Base Map Update - – RRPDC staff used building/structure data (locally and regionally sourced) updated to the 2013 VGIN aerial imagery to “update” the DCR-NH Virginia Natural Landscape Assessment ecological core data.  The last update of this data was performed in 2008/9 by RRPDC staff making the original dataset, current as of 2000, updated to 2007.

Local Implementation Advocacy - RRPDC staff provided technical expertise and guidance to Groundwork RVA, a fledgling non-profit focused on transforming liabilities in Richmond’s urban communities into assets.  RRPDC staff served as Board Chair, working with Groundwork staff and board members to select projects which have a positive impact on environmental and water quality.  Projects incorporate environmental education, training and outdoor experiences to high school students.  Projects include the Cannon Creek Greenway trail maintenance and outdoor classroom, an urban farm at Armstrong High School, the Eastview Trail, and the 25th Street pocket park all on formerly vacant land.

Benefits Accrued from Past CZM Grants - RRPDC staff have cataloged items for this report.  The final report will be included in the grant Final Report.

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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P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000


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