Virginia CZM Program: 2017 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:

The Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission's (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 17 grant, the work program will consist of three distinct tasks:

1. Coastal Management Analysis and Policy Support. 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 Virginia coastal region continues to struggle to rebound from the great recession of 2007-2009.   As such, Virginia Delegate Keith Hodges introduced House Bill 2055 Rural Coastal Virginia Community Enhancement Authority. The bill establishes the Rural Coastal Virginia Community Enhancement Authority, consisting of the 12 counties within the Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula, and Accomack-Northampton planning districts. The Authority is created for the purpose of serving as a regional economic development body and represents a partnership of the Commonwealth, the planning districts, and the 12 counties of the coastal region. In concert with the HB 2055, staff will support the implementation of the bill by continuing to provide technical assistance to help address ongoing, new or emerging coastal issues including compatible economic development, local land use policy, 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.   

2. Local and State Planning Coordination: MPPDC staff will attend, convene and participate in various 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.  Participation in state level stormwater management and ground water management policy discussions are anticipated.

3. Special Project:  MPPDC staff will provide direct research and facilitation support for the implementation of the 2017-2018 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:

10/1/2017 - 9/30/2018; Project Completed  

Final Product:

Coastal Technical Assistance Program 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 17 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 develop numerous bills addressing storm water, dredging (i.e. Permitting, financing, spoil placement, regional coordination for dredging services) and the creation of a waterway maintenance program and fund.

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 given to conversing with private companies, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) regarding how blue and green assets within the region can be utilized or enhanced to improve water quality, hazard (i.e. flooding, storm surge, sea level rise, etc.) protection, and coastal resiliency. 

Product #3: MPCBPAA meetings were convened three times throughout the course of the project. Discussions regarding land donations, social marketing strategy to increase public awareness of MPCBPAA lands, sewage handling at Perrin Wharf, eco-business framework, and entrance standards required by Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) 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 storm water, 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 toVirginia.Witmer@deq.virginia.gov or April.Bahen@deq.virginia.gov.

 

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