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

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Grantee:

Richmond Regional Planning District Commission

Project Title:

Richmond Regional Technical Assistance

Project Description:

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

1. Technical Assistance
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
RRPDC will host quarterly meetings of local staff representatives who work with coastal resource management issues.
3. Issue Analysis/Special Project - 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.
4. Benefits Accrued from Past CZM grants
RRPDC staff will summarize how projects funded by CZM grants in the past have produced measurable benefits.

Federal Funding:

$30,000

Project Contact:

Barbara Jacocks, 804.323.2033 x 103, bjacocks@richmondregional.org

Project Status:

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

Final Product:

Richmond Regional PDC Technical Assistance Final Report FY 2016 (PDF)

Project Summary:

Technical Assistance - RRPDC staff processed 52 environmental reviews and 24 intergovernmental reviews during the reporting period.  RRPDC staff have also followed developments with the 2017 update of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL and the US Army Corps of Engineers Chesapeake Bay Comprehensive Plan.  RRPDC staff participated on the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for RVA H2O, the City of Richmond’s integrated permit planning process.  The TAC exists to allow the City and DEQ staff the opportunity to vet program and permit elements with technical experts and stakeholders. Meetings were held every 6 to 8 weeks. RRPDC staff attended several Coastal Program related meetings and environmental conferences including the Coastal Partners Workshop, Coastal Policy Team Meetings, Coastal PDC meetings, the 2017 Virginia Water Monitoring Conference, and the 2017 Environment Virginia Symposium.  RRPDC staff worked with locality staff and Capital Region Land Conservancy staff to update maps of conserved land in the Richmond region.  These maps will form the basis for a conserved lands database in the region.
 
Coordination & Training – RRPDC staff holds at least four coordination and training meetings for member jurisdictions during the grant year.  On October 6, 2016, RRPDC staff hosted a regional meeting for annual update and coordination between local staff, VDCR staff and other stakeholder organizations concerning the Virginia Outdoors Plan (VOP).  VDCR staff facilitated a conversation about local and regional priority recreation and conservation projects.  Attendees were also briefed on the planned VOP Demand survey and update of the VOP for 2018.

On November 29, 2016, RRPDC staff hosted a regional “Bay Act 101” workshop in coordination with Crater PDC staff; the meeting was held in Chesterfield County.  DEQ staff presented information about the background of the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act in Virginia, Bay Act compliance reviews, and recent changes to the Bay Act and associated regulations.  On May 16, 2017, RRPDC staff hosted an Environmental TAC meeting.  DEQ staff provided an informational presentation on Chesapeake Bay Protection Act local compliance reviews and the status of the Phase III WIP planning effort.  City of Richmond staff provided an update of the RVA H2O process.  The meeting concluded with a local round robin discussion of program and project updates.

On September 19, 2017, RRPDC staff, in cooperation with Crater PDC staff and DCR, hosted a Floodplain Management Workshop in Chesterfield County.  The full-day workshop included information on the regulatory requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program and the Community Rating System, a program through which policy holders in qualified jurisdictions can get premium cost reductions.

Local Implementation Advocacy – RRPDC staff produced maps for GroundworkRVA depicting the location of project sites relative to recently collected urban heat island data.  The maps allow Groundwork to prioritize the location of greening projects for areas suffering the most from urban heat island during the summer months.  More information about GroundworkRVA can be found on their website: https://www.groundworkrva.org/ and associated social media accounts.

Benefits Accrued – RRPDC have compiled a summary report on benefits accrued associated with public access.  This summary is included in the Final Product Report provided to the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program.

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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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000


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