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Virginia CZM Program: 2018 Coastal Grant Project Description and Final Summary

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Hampton Roads Planning District Commission

Project Title:

Hampton Roads Coastal Resources Management Technical Assistance Program

Project Description:

The HRPDC staff will assist seventeen (17) member local governments, other public entities, and private organizations on coastal and other environmental issues. The HRPDC staff will perform the following:

1.Regional Coordination Process
The regional coordination process involves all seventeen (17) member local governments, associated towns, five (5) Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the Hampton Roads Sanitation District, and several state and federal agencies. It addresses core elements of the VCZMP, Chesapeake Bay Program, and other state and federal programs. It specifically addresses Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act (CBPA) implementation, Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) implementation, wetlands, public access, environmental regulations, conservation planning, and other coastal issues. This component includes participation by the HRPDC staff in the Coastal PDC Committee and the Coastal Policy Team.
2.Environmental Impact Review
This includes review and comment on EIA/EIS and Federal Consistency Determinations/Certifications affecting Hampton Roads, including coordination of local responses if needed.
3.Public Information & Education
This includes maintaining VCZMP-related information on the HRPDC website. Presentations to governmental and non-governmental organizations will be made on request. This component also covers monthly status reports and/or briefings to the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, the Regional Environmental Committee, and the Coastal Resiliency Committee, all of whose meetings are open and advertised to the public.
Conduct or host at least four training programs/activities for local government staff. Possible topics include environmental codes, low impact development, wetlands, CBPA (or other environmental regulations) implementation, the Chesapeake Bay TMDL, stormwater regulations, conservation planning, sea level rise adaptation, GIS, coastal resiliency, floodplain management, sustainability, planning law, and land use planning.
5.Regional Special Projects/Technical Studies
Policy and technical analysis or projects related to environmental and coastal issues. Specific studies will be determined in cooperation with local governments. Potential topics include GIS analyses related to sea level rise or green infrastructure, support for working waterfronts efforts in the coastal zone, and coastal resources use conflicts.
6.Technical Assistance
Provide information, data, and technical assistance to help localities with comprehensive planning and ordinance updates related to coastal resources management.

This project is a continuation of activities undertaken by the HRPDC through the VCZMP over the last twenty years. The Regional Coordination Process is integral to all of the program components, linking them into a comprehensive environmental planning program. Through this process, the HRPDC staff manages local government advisory committees addressing the VCZMP, Chesapeake Bay Program, stormwater, sea level rise, coastal resiliency, land use, and wetlands issues and coordinates them with local and regional initiatives in coastal resiliency, water supply, stormwater, and wastewater management that are supported directly by the localities. In addition to the programs noted above, it is not known what requests may evolve through the process during the course of the project. They reflect developing local needs and new state and federal initiatives. Through this project, the HRPDC also participates in the Coastal PDC networking process and its involvement in VCZMP and other state and federal environmental initiatives.

To the degree feasible, the HRPDC will document program measures consistent with the NOAA Performance Measurement System. This will include numbers of individuals participating in the various educational components and discussion of local ordinances, plans, policies and acquisitions being considered.

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Benjamin McFarlane, 757.420.8300,

Project Status:

10/1/18 - 9/30/19; Project Open

Final Product:


Project Summary:


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 or



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

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