Northern Neck Planning District Commission
Coastal Technical Assistance Program
Project Description as Proposed:
The NNPDC’s Coastal Resources Technical Assistance Program provides support to the four counties of the Northern Neck as they manage ongoing growth, including residential waterfront development. In addition, the technical assistance program provides staff support for the Northern Neck Chesapeake Bay Access Authority (NNCBPAA). The NNPDC FY 09 environmental work program will consist of five work tasks:
1)NNPDC staff will provide coastal management support to local governments, planning commissions, and local planning staff. NNPDC staff will provide GIS analysis of land development proposals, land conversion and land use plans. The NNPDC will also provide mapping for interested citizens who want to enter into conservation easements with local and state land trusts.
2)Support of local planning staff education, training and coordination through quarterly Coastal Managers (Land Use Administrators) Meetings. Four training sessions for local county staff will be integrated into the meeting schedule whenever possible.
3)NNPDC staff will revise/update an additional five digital tax maps (including inserts) for Northumberland County, building on the previous grant year’s work, and will continue until the entire tax map layer (54 tax maps) are updated.
4)NNPDC staff will use existing Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s digital hurricane surge maps to assess potential damage from a category 1 hurricane for all four counties using county E911 data and assessed value data. The total amount of structures impacted and their total assessed value will be calculated for each county.
5)Create a regional map of working waterfront properties adjacent to navigable waters in all four counties. The counties of the Northern Neck would like to investigate strategies to try to help traditional water dependent businesses stay profitable. The first step is to identify these properties.
Stuart McKenzie - 804.333.1900: firstname.lastname@example.org
10/1/2009 - 9/30/2010: Project Completed
Final Product Received:
Northern Neck Planning District Commission Coastal Technical Assistance Program Annual Report Oct 1, 2009 - Sept 30, 2010 (PDF)
Project Summary Provided by Grantee:
Northern Neck Planning District Commission (NNPDC) staff provided coastal management technical assistance to local member governments, to Virginia Coastal Program partner agencies, and to a non-profit local groundwater group. Maps were produced to include in a County Comprehensive Plan, investigate the extent of the Chesapeake Bay Resource Protection Area, to enhance dam safety and to highlight which groundwater aquifers select Northern Neck wells are tapping.
NNPDC staff conducted local planning coordination throughout its four member counties by holding quarterly county land use administrator meetings to exchange ideas, provide training opportunities for county staff, and to provide a forum for state agencies to disseminate new initiatives and requirements amongst member localities. Training sessions were conducted on Phase III Implementation of Virginia's Chesapeake Bay Act, Ramifications of HB166 - engineered septic system placement, the Chesapeake Bay TMDL and training on Community Viz land use modeling software. These training sessions are invaluable in giving local government staff accurate, up to date information so that they can inform their county administration which are the best options to accomplish compliance in these areas, as well as to provide feedback to state agencies. NNPDC staff also actively participated in regional watershed groups; The Rappahannock River Basin Commission Non-Point Source Workgroup, and the Potomac Watershed Roundtable. Also, NNPDC staff served on Virginia's Bay TMDL Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG).
Specific products for member counties include ongoing revision of digital tax maps for Northumberland County. NNPDC staff completed revising five digital tax maps this grant year; Tax Maps 25, 26, 27, 28, 35 and are steadily updating the county’s changing tax parcels outlines. These updated tax maps will be used in planning exercises, as well as in day to day county operations and planning in the county's GIS system. NNPDC staff completed a regional coastal storm surge hazard assessment for the four counties of the Northern Neck. Digital hurricane storm surge maps from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management were overlain with each of the four counties digital E911 building structure outlines to find out which buildings would be inundated as a result of a category 1 hurricane storm surge. The assessed value of the real estate improvements that were impacted by the storm surge was calculated for each county. Early on in the project, staff noticed that in many cases the only buildings that were impacted were not the primary structure on the parcel, often they were outbuildings or boathouses. Since the assessed real estate improvement value is one figure for all buildings on a parcel, NNPDC staff went through each of the counties’ shoreline to group buildings by parcel, and calculate the percentage of total area of buildings that were inundated. This percentage of inundation was multiplied by the assessed value to get the value of inundated buildings on that parcel. The counties closer to the Bay, Lancaster and Northumberland, had the highest amount of real estate improvements that could be inundated while Westmoreland and Richmond had a much lower amount of value that could be inundated. NNPDC staff also worked on creating an inventory of working waterfront sites in the four counties of the Northern Neck. NNPDC staff conducted field surveys in Richmond and Lancaster Counties to locate working waterfront areas and took photographs of working waterfront area candidates in those counties. In the remaining two counties, aerial photographs, Virginia Department of Health, Division of Shellfish Sanitation shoreline surveys, as well as local knowledge were used to located working waterfront areas. Local staff in the Northern Neck counties had an opportunity to review the working waterfront data, and suggest revisions, additions or deletions. NNPDC staff look forward to refining the working waterfront inventories in the upcoming years as a part of a focal area of the VACZM program.
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