Virginia CZM Program: 2016 Coastal Grant Project Description and Final Summary

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Grantee:

Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission

Project Title:

MPPDC Technical Assistance Program

Project Description:

MPPDC’s Coastal Resources Technical Assistance Program provides the necessary administrative framework to assist rural coastal local governments across the Middle Peninsula with access to enhanced coastal zone management tools and techniques that balance economic development with protecting coastal resources.   For the federal FY 16 grant, the work program will consist of three distinct tasks:

1) MPPDC staff will provide coastal management support to local government elected officials, chief administrative officers for local governments, local planning staff, local planning commissions and wetlands board staff.  The MPPDC region continues to struggle to rebound from the great recession of 2007-2009.  Staff is being asked, with greater frequency, to provide new socio-demographic analysis to illustrate stagnating economic and social conditions. MPPDC staff will be using a new info-graphic product called mySidewalk for demographic and economic analysis.  Staff will continue to help address ongoing and new or emerging coastal issues such as local land use policy and real estate land taxing issues centered on repetitive flooding, sea level rise, loss of population and federal -state regulations redirecting development away from the waterfront.    Attend the Restore Americas Estuaries conference December 10-15  and 25th biennial meeting of the Coastal Society.  MPPDC staff serves on the Board of Directors for the Coastal Society.  The meeting is the largest national summit in 2016 focused on coastal restoration, science and management practices   

2) MPPDC staff will convene monthly-quarterly meetings with local government level planners, government administrators, and other appropriate government and NGO committees to assist with improved coastal planning.  Through these meetings, Coastal Planners illuminate choices which policy makers can use to help inform decisions.

3) Special Project:  MPPDC staff will provide direct research and facilitation support for the implementation of the 2016-2017 Middle Peninsula Chesapeake Bay Public Access Authority (PAA) annual work plan. MPPDC staff will assist PAA with the management of a growing portfolio of donated private waterfront sites.

Federal Funding:

$30,000

Project Contact:

Lewie Lawrence, 804.758.2311, llawrence@mppdc.com

Project Status:

10/1/16 - 9/30/17; Project Completed

Final Product:

Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission Coastal Technical Assistance Program 2017 Final Report (PDF)

Project Summary:

MPPDC’s Coastal Resources Technical Assistance Program provided the necessary administrative framework to assist rural coastal local governments across the Middle Peninsula with access to enhanced coastal zone management tools and techniques that balance economic development with protecting coastal resources.   For the federal FY 16 grant, the work program consisted of:

 

Product #1: MPPDC staff provided coastal management support to local government elected officials, local planning commissions and local planning staff.  In particular, MPPDC staff worked with Delegate Hodges to convene discussions with Middle Peninsula localities regarding the outstanding stormwater donut hole issues associated with the HB 1250/ SB 673 Virginia Erosion and Stormwater Management Act, consolidation of programs, and opt-out for certain localities. Based on these discussions, HB 1774 was drafted, introduced, and passed at the 2017 General Assembly Session to examine ways to improve stormwater management, in part by the creation of a workgroup to consider alternative methods of stormwater management in rural Tidewater localities. The Committee began meeting in July 2017 and drafted recommendations that offer rural jurisdictions equitable participation in the stormwater management program. Also, MPPDC staff utilized population estimates from the Weldon Cooper Center Demographics Research Group to create a one page information sheet.

 

Product #2: MPPDC convened monthly and quarterly meetings with local government level planners, administrators and other government and nongovernment groups to assist with improved coastal planning. The meetings facilitated discussions of issues and solutions or alternatives that influenced policy and decision making.  Considerable time was spent working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to understand new construction improvements to structures in the floodplain and how federal policy and funding is provided to address flooding.

Product #3: MPCBPAA meetings were convened five times throughout the course of the project. Discussions of land donations, reservation system, public water access, eco-business framework, and the construction of a nature viewing platform on the Clay Tract helped to advance the goals of MPCBPAA.

Product #4:

MPPDC staff developed a brief 2-page report naming and describing MPPDC projects funded by CZM in previous years that have produced measureable benefits in subsequent years and/or have served as a foundation for additional projects.

MPPDC staff focused on stormwater, living shorelines, and public access.

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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