Virginia CZM Program: 2015 Coastal Grant Project Description and Final Summary

Project Task Number:CZM logo

92

Grantee:

Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission

Project Title:

Virginia Working Waterfronts Master Plan and 2nd Virginia  Working Waterfront Summit

Project Description:

As the Virginia CZM Program Coastal Needs Assessment and Strategy for FY2011-2015 comes to a close, the Cumulative and Secondary Impacts of Growth and Development Working Waterfronts Strategy will result in the development of a Virginia Working Waterfronts coastal zone-wide plan that will serve to guide communities in protecting, restoring and enhancing their water-dependent commercial and recreational activities.

This effort will synthesize the work completed to date under the strategy and will result in a Virginia Working Waterfronts plan that will provide communities with a comprehensive understanding of what Virginia working waterfronts are; where existing water-dependent commercial infrastructure is located; discussion of the long-term costs associated with the loss of working waterfronts;  and lastly recommend policy action and tools which the Commonwealth, local governments and private industry could consider to better manage growth pressures and ensure the preservation of Working Waterfronts as important cultural resources and economic drivers for rural, suburban and urban waterfronts.

Federal Funding:

$50,000

Project Contact:

Lewie Lawrence; 804.758.2311; llawrence@mppdc.com

Project Status:

10/1/15 - 9/30/16; Project Completed

Final Product:

Virginia Working Waterfronts Master Plan and 2nd Virginia Working Waterfront Summit Final Report (PDF)

Project Summary:

Since FY2011, the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission along with the Northern Neck, Accomack-Northampton, and Hampton Roads Planning District Commissions (PDC) have been working to address the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program’s Coastal Needs Assessment and Strategy focused on the Cumulative and Secondary impacts of growth and development with regards to working waterfronts. For the past five years, Coastal PDCs have worked to establish definitions and an understanding of working waterfronts within their regions; created an inventory of 600+ working waterfront locations; improved local and regional policies regarding working waterfronts; discussed the long-term costs associated with the loss of working waterfronts;  and lastly recommend policy action and tools which the Commonwealth, local governments and private industry could consider to better manage growth pressures and ensure the preservation of Working Waterfronts as important cultural resources and economic drivers for rural, suburban and urban waterfronts.   
         
In an effort to create a future roadmap for working waterfront infrastructure and policy within coastal Virginia, MPPDC staff led the development of a Virginia Working Waterfront Master Plan during this project year. The Plan integrated past work from the Coastal PDCs, reviewed the threats to working waterfronts, and identified recommendations to improve working waterfronts within the Coastal Zone. The recommendations outline a series of actions to implement across all levels of government (i.e. Federal, State, Local and Regional) and the private sector that will lead to the preservation and redevelopment of working waterfronts in Virginia. Upon completion of this plan, the PDCs presented the plan to their Commissions and to-date the Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula, and Accomack-Northampton PDCs have adopted the plan as a policy document. Hampton Roads PDC will seek adoption of the plan in January 2017.
           
In addition to the Master Plan, the Working Waterfront Steering Committee worked with the Virginia Coastal Policy Center at William and Mary University Law School to organize a Working Waterfront Summit. The summit, titled “Living with the Water – Too Much, and Too Little”, was held on December 2, 2016, at the Williamsburg Lodge in Williamsburg, Va. The morning session was jointly held with the 2nd annual Working Waterfronts Summit, with presentations and discussion of the new Virginia Working Waterfront Master Plan. These presentations and discussions introduced the Plan to a range of stakeholders. The Coastal PDCs will work with the 2017 General Assembly to develop new working waterfront legislation.

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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