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Virginia CZM Program Coastal Needs Assessment and Strategies: FY2021-2025

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Download Virginia FY 2021 - 2025 Coastal Needs Phase I and II Assessments and Strategies (Section 309) - Draft (PDF)  

In the fall of 2019, based on NOAA guidance, the Virginia CZM Program conducted a Phase I Coastal Needs Assessment as the first step in identifying topics--see below--of highest priority for FY 2021-2025 Section 309 funding from NOAA. Section 309 funding can be spent only for purposes of developing new enforceable policies to improve protection and management of coastal resources.

Virginia CZM Program staff presented the Phase I Assessment and recommendations to the Virginia Coastal Policy Team (CPT) in January 2020. Based on feasibility and importance of developing new enforceable policies, the members of the CPT, ranked the nine areas, or topics, from highest to lowest priority. 

Bar Chart Showing Virginia Coastal Enhancement Area Priority Voting Results

Ranking Results (Highest to Lowest):

  1. Coastal Hazards
  2. Cumulative & Secondary Impacts of Coastal Growth & Development
  3. Ocean Resources
  4. Marine Debris
  5. Wetlands
  6. Aquaculture
  7. TIE - Energy & Government Facility Siting and Special Area Management Plans
  8. Public Access

Virginia CZM posted the Phase I Assessment for public comments in March. 

Phase II Assessment of High Priority Areas and Development of Strategies

During February - April, 2020, Virginia CZM Program staff conducted a Phase II Assessment of the four topics ranked high as priorities (Coastal Hazards, Cumulative & Secondary Impacts of Coastal Growth & Development, Ocean Resources and Marine Debris) and determined to be most appropriate for new enforceable coastal resource management policies. Staff met with key stakeholders to complete the assessments as well as develop draft Section 309 Strategies for the high priority areas. 

The DRAFT Virginia Section 309 Coastal Needs Assessment and Strategies has been submitted to NOAA for review.

Comments Now Invited on Draft Strategies

Comments are now invited on the DRAFT Section 309 Coastal Strategies.  View and download the DRAFT Virginia Section 309 Coastal Needs Assessment and Strategies (PDF).  

Comments must be received no later than Friday, July 31, 2020.  Send to  

The Virginia CZM Program must submit a final Virginia Coastal Needs Assessment and Draft Strategies document to NOAA for approval on September 1, 2020. 

Virginia Coastal Needs Assessment & Strategy Development Schedule  

NOAA Office for Coastal Management issues final Section 309 guidance

On or before June 30, 2019

Virginia CZM Program Begins Developing Phase I Assessment

October 1, 2019

Key Stakeholder Engagement

November - January

Virginia CZM Program Completes Phase I Assessment and Initial Ranking

January 15, 2020 Virginia Coastal Policy Team Meeting

Virginia CZM Program Completes Draft Phase II Assessments and Draft Strategies with Key Stakeholders and Invited Input

February - March

Draft Assessment and Strategy due to NOAA Office for Coastal Management

May 1, 2020

NOAA Office for Coastal Management Provides Comments on Virginia CZM Program's Draft Assessment and Strategy

July 1, 2020

Stakeholder Engagement Opportunities (TBD)

August 2020

Final Assessment and Strategy Due

September 1, 2020

NOAA Office for Coastal Management Approves Final Assessment and Strategy

November 1, 2020

Virginia CZM Program Begins Implementation of FY 2021-2025 Strategies

October 1, 2021


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Download Draft Virginia FY 2021 - 2025 Coastal Needs Phase I and II Assessments and Strategies (Secion 309) (PDF)

For more information
on Phase I Assessments:

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

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