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

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Hampton Roads Planning District Commission

Project Title:

Regional Strategic Plan for Public Access in Hampton Roads

Project Description:

The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission proposes to develop a regional strategic plan for public access to the area’s waterways in partnership with the PDC’s local government members. Providing public access for recreational purposes and enjoyment of the region’s natural resources is a major goal of many localities’ comprehensive plans and parks and open space plans. This project will help develop a regional vision that will assess the state of public access in Hampton Roads from a regional perspective, thereby helping to identify areas where opportunities exist for new sites or where areas are underserved. The overall goal for this project is to help develop and promote a regional network of public access sites and connecting trails. The project will consist of four parts. The first will be an assessment of existing federal, state, and local plans and policies related to public access, which will help identify existing access opportunities and any planned projects. The second part will be research to develop a reference for funding opportunities for public access projects, including federal, state, and NGO grant opportunities. The third part will be the production of GIS data layers for existing and planned public access locations and trails. The fourth part will be the development and publication of maps or pamphlets for use by the public to promote recognition and use of public access sites in Hampton Roads.

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Ben McFarlane, 757.420.8300,

Project Status:

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

Final Product:

Regional Strategic Plan for Public Access to Waterways in Hampton Roads (PDF) 

Project Summary:

This report describes the Regional Strategic Plan for Public Access to Waterways in Hampton Roads. It is the result of technical work by the HRPDC staff and stakeholder engagement with local governments, state agencies, and interested non-governmental organizations. The report includes an assessment of demand for public access (such as boat ramps, kayak launches, beaches, trails, etc.), an inventory of existing and planned public access locations and facilities, a gap analysis to identify opportunities for new public access sites, an assessment of funding opportunities, and descriptions of public outreach materials. The overall goal of this project is to use the research and tools discussed in this report to inform local, state, federal, and non-profit plans to improve public access to waterways in Hampton Roads.
The report will be made available online at the HRPDC’s website: 

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:

A more detailed Scope of Work for this project is available. Please direct your request for a copy to


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