Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission
Coastal Technical Assistance Program
Project Description as Proposed:
The Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission serves two counties and 19 incorporated towns on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Population on this narrow, 70-mile long peninsula between the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay grew by 7.3 percent between 1990 and 2000, for a total of 51,398. Increasing residential development in northern Accomack County and southern Northampton County is focused on waterfront areas. In response to the increased development, the A-NPDC formed the Eastern Shore of Virginia Coastal Management Committee in 2004 to coordinate local government efforts to better manage coastal development and its impacts. The A-NPDC will continue to coordinate the Coastal Management Committee and offer coastal management training opportunities for local government staff. The A-NPDC will also continue to participate in implementation of the Eastern Shore Tributary Strategy. The A-NPDC will continue to staff the Eastern Shore of Virginia Ground Water Committee, provide GIS services, conduct state and federal environmental reviews, and work with local governments and organizations to address coastal management issues.
Curt Smith, (757) 787- 2936 x144; email@example.com
10/1/2009 - 9/30/2010; Project completed
Final Product Received:
Accomack – Northampton Coastal Resources Technical Assistance Program FY 09 Report (pdf)
Project Summary Provided by Grantee:
The FY2009 program included support for the Eastern Shore Coastal Management Committee, coordination of six training and outreach programs; technical assistance to local, state, and federal government organizations; staff support for the Eastern Shore Ground Water Committee, and the development of a Land Use & Ground Water Resources Report for the Eastern Shore. Grant funds were leveraged to aid the completion of multiple projects related to the goals presented in the scope of work for FY2009.
The Coastal Management Committee held 4 meetings; participated in the Chesapeake Bay TMDL Webinar Series; and reviewed proposed wind farm projects off the VA coast and potential sea level rise impacts.
The A-NPDC coordinated 6 training and outreach programs including three Chesapeake Bay TMDL Webinar trainings, the Fifth Annual Native American Heritage Festival, a GIS Users Group Conference, a Ground Water Management Plan Public Workshop, and a Certified Planning Commissioner training. These 6 programs were attended by 400 individuals from the public, private, and governmental sectors.
The A-NPDC partnered with 8 agencies during FY2009 to develop Water Supply Plans, produce a display for the Watershed Walk at the Onancock Harbor Fest, develop a strategic plan for restoration of Historic Onancock School, complete the Tangier Island Community Health Center, purchase and construct a waterfront park in Wachapreague, participate in the Eastern Shore Watersheds Network, develop adaptation strategies for climate change and sea level rise on the Eastern Shore, and implement a restoration project for Onancock Creek. The A-NPDC used VCZM grant funds to leverage services and complete projects on 24 occasions including funding for the consulting hydrogeologist to the ES Ground Water Committee, holding a Household Hazardous Waste Collection, purchasing and constructing a park in Wachapreague, implementing a septic pumpout program, serving on numerous local and state committees and workgroups, and participating in numerous workshops and seminars. A-NPDC staff performed 35 historical searches using VCZM and NOAA funds to partially subscribe to the Department of Historic Resources Data Sharing System. The A-NPDC responded to 17 information requests from private, local, state, and federal organizations during FY2009.
The Eastern Shore Ground Water Committee held nine meetings, conducted one public workshop, served on a state advisory panel on ground water withdrawal, commented on multiple regulatory actions, and reviewed 10 withdrawal permits during FY2009.
The A-NPDC completed the Eastern Shore of Virginia Land Use and Ground Water Resources Report in FY2009. The report documents the areas on the Eastern Shore determined to be best suited for future residential development based on ground water availability, existing development, current zoning, and soil type conducive for construction. The report includes growth potential maps that reveal trends for potential residential development in specific regions of each county. The report has been made available to local governments as a resource to consider for future planning endeavors.
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: Laura.McKay@deq.virginia.gov
A more detailed Scope of Work for this project is available. Please direct your request for a copy to Virginia.Witmer@deq.virginia.gov