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

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Northern Neck Planning District Commission

Project Title:

Northern Neck Planning District Commission Technical Assistance

Project Description:

The NNPDC FY18 environmental work program will consist of nine work tasks:

1.Provide coastal management support to local governments, planning commissions, local planning staff, as well as the Northern Neck Land Conservancy (NNLC), the Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR), the Northern Neck Soil and Water Conservation District (NNSWCD), and other regional environmental organizations. NNPDC staff will provide technical assistance when needed to local governments, and GIS analysis of land development proposals, land conversion and land use plans as well as maps of wetlands, aerial photographs, elevation and/or topographic features.

2.Support local planning, staff education, training and coordination through quarterly Coastal Managers Meetings and four local government Training Sessions. Meetings and Training Sessions will invite staff from local governments and planning organizations to include Land Use and Zoning Administrators, Planners and other stakeholders. Training sessions will be targeted to assist localities in better managing coastal resources and improving water quality, and may be conducted by Federal, State or Not for Profit entities.

3.Coordinate with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality in regional water supply planning for the purposes of updating the Regional Water Supply Plan.

4.Continue to manage the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Program for home elevations through the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and Federal Emergency Management Agency. The NNPDC assists homeowners to mitigate future storm damage to homes in low-lying or flood-prone areas. This program enhances resiliency for small coastal communities in the Northern Neck. Two homes will be elevated in 2018.

5.Coordinate with local and regional stakeholders to implement an initiative in support of living shorelines as a technique for coastal resilience and a means for maintaining water quality. The initiative will educate local government staff, landowners and local contractors in the use and benefits of living shorelines. Additional funding from the CZM Program will be used to further educate the general public through outreach materials and demonstrations. The initiative will include the installation of five living shoreline demonstration sites throughout the region to promote the practice.  The initiative will create a living shorelines stakeholder group whose purpose is to promote the practice throughout various sectors.

6.Coordinate with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to provide technical assistance to localities in the development of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL Phase III WIP.

7.Participate on the Management Team of the Virginia Oyster Trail (VOT) to develop vibrant and resilient coastal economies. Between Management Team meetings, NNPDC staff assists VOT by enrolling businesses, and delivering technical assistance to local businesses and communities to increase connectivity and economic sustainability in the coastal region of Virginia.

8.Continue to update the Northern Neck Green website (, a regional portal designed as the go-to place for all topics environmental, relevant to the Northern Neck of Virginia. It is maintained with the active participation and contribution from many of the region’s organizations that are dedicated to making the most out of our air, land, and water. Efforts to increase traffic to the site will also continue, coordinating with stakeholders.

9.Create a report that highlight the benefits that were accrued during the grant period based on previous VACZM Grants.

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

John Bateman, 804.313.8478,

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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