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

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Richmond Regional Planning District Commission

Project Title:

Richmond Regional Technical Assistance

Project Description:

The Richmond Regional Planning District Commission will provide policy and planning assistance to member localities as follows:

1.Coordination & Training Meetings
RRPDC staff will host quarterly meetings of local staff representatives who work with coastal resource management issues.  These meetings will provide both training and coordination opportunities for attendees.

2.Issue Analysis/Special Project – Resilient Rivers – Below the Falls of the James Data Portal
This project will support Policy Goals 8, 9, and 10 of Executive Order 23.
This will be the first year in a multi-year project to establish a framework for resiliency planning along the James River in the Richmond region.  RRPDC staff intend this project to serve as a model that can be applied to other sections of the James River and other rivers across Virginia.  The ultimate geographic focus of the multi-year project coincides with the James River Association’s Regional Rivers Plan Below the Falls of the James and Lower James areas in the RRPDC.

The proposed study area in and along the James River is home to a diverse land use – transportation system that is anticipated to become more complex in the future.  Current land uses include residential, agricultural & silvicultural, recreational, industrial, business, and conserved.  This land use pattern is supported by a land and water based transportation network that includes local roads, major roads, interstates, off-road shared use paths, in-River shipping lanes, and port infrastructure.  The land use - transportation system interacts with water uses including recreation, industry, drinking water, and habitat. These many interacting land and water uses can and will conflict as population and development pressure increases in the future.  Overlay the stressors of climate change, flooding, and other natural hazards on the land-water use dynamic and threats to future resiliency emerge: policy or programmatic conflicts among levels of government, threats to existing social or economic structures, physical threats to the built environment, or dependency failures across these systems.

In year one, proposed for funding by this grant, RRPDC staff will create an online data portal focused on threats to resiliency and land-water use conflict in the James River.  The data portal will use a mapping application, narrative, and other data visualization techniques to convey information about existing conditions in and along the River.  A stakeholder committee will inform RRPDC staff in the creation of the data portal.  The data portal will serve to create common ground for consensus on resiliency threats and priorities in future project years.

RRPDC staff intend to model the proposed data portal after existing data portals such as VCZM’s Coastal GEMS ( ) and the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal ( ).

The project starts in year 1 by focusing on eastern Henrico and Charles City Counties.  In years 2 and 3, the study area expands to ultimately include the City of Richmond and the Counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, and Henrico. In year 4, RRPDC staff will facilitate a conversation with the stakeholder committee to reach consensus on and prioritize threats to resiliency in the study area.  This threat prioritization will then be used in future years to define resiliency work efforts of the RRPDC and partners including data development, studies, and plans.

3.Benefits Accrued from Prior CZM Grants
RRPDC staff will summarize how projects funded by CZM grants in the past have produced measurable benefits.

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Sarah Stewart, 804.323.2033,

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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