Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission
Coastal Technical Assistance Program
Project Description as Proposed:
MPPDC’s Coastal Resources Technical Assistance Program provides the necessary administrative framework to assist rural Middle Peninsula coastal local governments with responsible management of the coastal zone that balances economic development with protecting coastal resources. For the federal FY 09 grant, the work program will consist of three distinct tasks:
1) MPPDC staff will provide coastal management support to local government, local wetlands boards and local planning staff. For example, MPPDC staff will provide GIS analysis of development proposals, land conversion, land use plans, and local land use ordinance implementation.
2) MPPDC staff will convene monthly to quarterly meetings with local government level planners, government administrators, and other appropriate government and NGO committees to assist with improved coastal planning.
3) MPPDC staff will provide direct support for the implementation of the Middle Peninsula Chesapeake Bay Public Access Authority annual work plan. Staff will continue to work on issues related to public access and the preservation of coastal identity and working waterfront infrastructure.
Lewie L. Lawrence - 804.758.2311: firstname.lastname@example.org
10/1/2009 - 9/30/2010; Project completed
Final Product Received:
Middle Peninsula Region Coastal Technical Assistance Report (October 1, 2009 - September 30, 2010) (pdf)
Project Summary Provided by Grantee:
Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission (MPPDC) staff strive to create and implement adaptive management techniques, enhance communication between local, regional and state officials, and inform planning resources allocation decisions by local, regional, and state coastal managers, all of which is made possible through the Technical Assistance (TA) Program. Specifically the TA Program provides the MPPDC with the necessary administrative and professional framework to assist rural Middle Peninsula coastal localities (ie. staff and elected officials), Commissioners of the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission, as well as community level groups with a history of successful community-based planning and outreach with access to responsible management tools and techniques that balance economic development with the protection of valuable coastal resources.
Middle Peninsula localities rely annually on MPPDC staff to provide professional and technical coastal zone management planning assistance related to nationally recognized issues with local implications, including coastal development planning, habitat protection awareness, coastal resiliency and vitality, climate change, and public access management. For the Federal FY 09 grant, the MPPDC work program consisted of three distinct tasks:
1. MPPDC staff provided coastal management support to local government, local wetlands boards and local planning staff. For example, MPPDC staff provided GIS analysis of development proposals, land conversion, land use plans, and local land use ordinance implementation.
2. MPPDC staff convened monthly to quarterly meetings with local government level planners, government administrators, and other appropriate government and non-governmental organizations (NGO) committees to assist with improving coastal planning.
3. MPPDC staff provided direct support for the implementation of the Middle Peninsula Chesapeake Bay Public Access Authority annual work plan. Staff also continued to work on issues related to public access as well as preserving coastal identity and working waterfront infrastructure, and assessing the feasibility of establishing a wetland bank in the region.
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