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

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Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission

Project Title:

Working Waterfronts Rural Coastal Enhancement Authority

Project Description:

Over the last three Virginia General Assembly sessions, considerable enforceable policy progress has been made by state legislators working to strengthen working waterfronts across the Commonwealth.  During the 2016, 2017, and 20018 General Assembly Sessions, a comprehensive suite of coastal focused legislative bills were submitted and approved targeting key issues important to working waterfronts. These bills addressed waterfront property tax exemption, living shorelines, dredging, expediting dredge spoil permitting, storm water management, waterway maintenance, and the establishment of the Rural Coastal Virginia Community Enhancement Authority, a special purpose political subdivision created to unify all of rural coastal Virginia. Enforceable policy bills include:

2016:  House Bills 5262017 & 2055
2018: House Bills 1091,1092,1093,1095,1096,1307,1308, Senate Bill 693

This project will kick-off initial engagement of interested localities toward their participation and membership in the Rural Coastal Virginia Community Enhancement Authority to further legislative advancements in Working Waterfront policy.

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Shannon Alexander, 757.787.2936 x115,

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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