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


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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.

Download the full Virginia 2020 Coastal Needs Assessment - Phase I Draft (PDF)  

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

Next Steps: Phase II Assessment of High Priority Areas and Development of Strategies

During February - April, 2020, Virginia CZM Program staff will conduct 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). Staff also will meet with key stakeholders to complete the assessments and develop draft Section 309 Strategies. Strategies will only be developed for the high priority areas that are determined to be most appropriate for new enforceable coastal resource management policies. 

Step 1: Comments Invited on Phase 1 Assessment 

Comments on the Phase I Coastal Needs Assessment, the ranking of "High Priority" areas are invited now. Please send comments on the Phase 1 Assessment no later than March 16, 2020 to Laura.McKay@deq.virginia.gov.  

Step 2: Comments on Draft Strategies

Draft strategies will be posted on this site by May 1, 2020, as soon as the draft is submitted to NOAA. A second public comment period on these draft strategies will be open from May 1, 2020 to June 1, 2020. 

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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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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