Virginia CZM Program: 2017 Coastal Grant Project Description and Final Summary

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Grantee:

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Project Title:

EIR and Federal Consistency

Project Description:

The following activities will be performed as part of this project:
-Conduct federal consistency reviews of activities which can affect Virginia's coastal uses and resources pursuant to the CZMA and the federal consistency regulations.
-Coordinate Virginia's review of environmental documents for development of federal and state facilities and actions in Tidewater, Virginia which require federal approvals or assistance.
-Continue to update Virginia's EIR manual and federal consistency information packages as necessary to reflect legislative and policy changes.
-Provide interpretation of federal consistency requirements to federal agencies, applicants for federal permits, approvals, or funding, and consultants preparing consistency determinations or certifications. 
-Provide technical assistance to state reviewers and local government officials on the use of federal consistency and conduct group trainings (when there are opportunities to do so) at workshops sponsored by other agencies.
-Maintain and update the EIR/Federal Consistency website.
-Ensure public participation in the review of federal consistency documents to include publishing notices of consistency reviews in appropriate media such as DEQ’s website, Town Hall Register, local newspapers and holding public hearings when necessary.
-Digitize files for integration into DEQ’s Enterprise Content Management (ECM) system
-Conduct site visits as necessary.

Federal Funding:

$171,286

Project Contact:

Bettina Rayfield, 804.698.4204; bettina.rayfield@deq.virginia.gov

Project Status:

10/1/17 - 9/30/18; Project Completed

Final Product:

Final Project Summary serves as Final Product.

Project Summary:

During the period of October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018, the Office of Environmental Impact Review/Federal Consistency (OEIR) reviewed 220 development projects and management plans for consistency with the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program (CZMP).  Federal consistency reviews included 94 federal actions and 122 federally funded projects. The 94 federal actions included 50 federal agency activities, 44 federal licenses and approvals, and 0 outer continental shelf projects. The 50 federal agency activities included 28 projects submitted under the residual category pursuant to the federal consistency regulation (15 CFR 930.31(c)), which consisted of U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) mortgage insurance projects and US Department of Agriculture funding.   All federal consistency determinations and federal consistency certifications were completed within the established legal deadlines.   

Of the 220 projects reviewed under federal consistency, all were found to be consistent with the enforceable policies of the CZMP four were modified based on OEIR’s review:

17-053F Oakwood-Van Dorn Property Development: U.S. General Services Agency proposed to construct an office building in the City of Alexandria. Our Office of Local Government Programs (OLGP) identified a perennial stream channel running through the middle of the property with a resource protection area (RPA) impacted by the development. OLGP stated that a consistency determination could not be made without additional clarifying documentation (final site plan, WQIA, exemption request approval, landscape plan, etc.). The RPA concerns were shared with the developer's consultant and the FCD was withdrawn.

17-061F Manassas Regional Airport West Corporate Development and East Parcel Development FCC: Concerns

Regarding impact on a RPA were raised during the review. As a result of the discussion between DEQ and the City of

Manassas, the development was re-aligned to remove all impacts to the RPA. In addition, this realignment eliminated all wetlands impacts on a portion of the property and avoided development in the 100-year floodplain. The overall footprint of the development was reduced.

18-085F McCoy Road Subdivision FCC: This proposed project was entirely located within a RPA and included tidal wetlands impacts. DEQ and VMRC indicated that they would object to the project based on the project not being consistent with the coastal lands management enforceable policy and the wetlands management enforceable policy. The proposal was withdrawn and the consultant indicated that they are planning to revised the site plan to avoid all impacts to tidal wetlands and apply for a GP from the Corps as opposed to an individual permit.

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 or April.Bahen@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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