Hampton Roads Planning District Commission
Coastal Technical Assistance Program
Project Description as Proposed:
Assist 16 member local governments, other public entities and private organizations on coastal and other environmental issues. The HRPDC will perform the following: Regional Coordination Process. The coordination process involves all 16 member cities and counties and associated towns, 5 Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the Hampton Roads Sanitation District and several state and federal agencies. It addresses Core Elements of the VCZMP, Chesapeake Bay Program and Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuarine Program. Specifically addresses CBPA implementation, wetlands, public access, environmental regulations, conservation planning and coastal energy issues. Includes participation in the Coastal PDC Committee and the Coastal Policy Team. Environmental Impact Review. Review/comment on EIA/EIS and Coastal Consistency Determinations/Certifications affecting Hampton Roads, including coordination of local response.Regional Technical Studies. Policy and technical analysis of environmental and coastal issues. Specific study to be determined in cooperation with local governments. Potential topicsinclude revisiting issues associated with the SWAMP, sea level rise, Phase III Bay Act implementation,energy policy and planning, and Chesapeake Bay Program issues. Maintain and refine the compendium of local CBPA programs. Continue coordination with state and other PDCs on Coastal Integration Strategy and related initiatives.Training. Conduct four training programs/activities for local governments. Possible topics include, environmental codes, LID, wetlands training, CBPA implementation, the Chesapeake Bay-wide TMDL, stormwater regulations, land conservation and funding opportunities, conservation planning and energy issues.Public Information & Education. Produce several newsletters. Presentations will be made on request. Monthly status reports and briefings to HRPDC Commission. Evaluate and maintain Environmental Education Clearinghouse.Technical Assistance. Provide updated information and help to localities in comprehensive plan and ordinance updates and on environmental issues.
John M. Carlock - 757.420.8300; email@example.com
10/1/2010 - 9/30/2011; Project Completed
Final Product Received:
Hampton Roads Planning District Commission Coastal Resources Technical Assistance Program Final Report (pdf)
Project Summary Provided by Grantee:
This report describes the environmental technical assistance program conducted by the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission during FY 2010 – 2011 through its Coastal Resources Management Program. This program encompasses environmental impact review, participation in state and federal programs, coordination of regional environmental programs addressing environmental issues, including the Chesapeake Bay, public information and education, and technical assistance to Hampton Roads localities. It contains representative samples of environmental impact reviews, comment letters, newsletters and other public media, and associated materials generated and used in assisting the region’s sixteen local governments, supporting the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program, and working with the other Planning District Commissions in the Coastal Zone. A downloadable PDF version of the report with appendices will be available through http://www.hrpdcva.gov.
Through this program, the HRPDC staff provides the following:
Environmental Impact Review – Approximately fifty-six (56) environmental impact assessments/statements and coastal zone consistency determinations were reviewed, local government input coordinated, and comments provided to DEQ for inclusion in official state positions. Summaries of all projects were provided to the HRPDC.
Participation in State and Federal Programs – The HRPDC staff represents the region on several state and federal technical advisory committees, ensuring that the localities are aware of the programs, their activities and direction, and that local input is provided to the state or federal agency. The HRPDC staff continued to participate in the Coastal PDC Committee and on several Coastal Program committees.
Regional Coordination Process – The HRPDC staff facilitates regional advisory committees addressing a variety of coastal and environmental issues. Activities are coordinated with local utilities and stormwater and general planning programs. Through these programs, the localities develop regional consensus on state and federal regulatory and legislative issues, coordinate plans addressing these issues and exchange information on program activities. In FY-10-11, this effort focused on the Chesapeake Bay TMDL and Virginia Stormwater Management Regulations.
Public Information and Education – During FY2010-2011, the HRPDC staff continued the use of an online journal, Hampton Roads Review, to educate and inform the public. The HRPDC staff maintains information on its website and provides regular briefings to local elected officials on the HRPDC, local governing bodies and to professional and civic organizations. The journal can be accessed at http://www.hrpdcva.gov/HamptonRoadsReview. In addition, several technical training sessions on regulatory issues were held during the year.
Technical Assistance – Assistance is provided to local government staff, consultants, businesses, and citizen environmental organizations on environmental and planning issues on request. This includes ordinance and plan development, provision of technical information, acquisition and interpretation of aerial photography, and GIS data analysis and map production. Assistance with organizational development and consideration of technical, regulatory, and policy issues is provided to regional environmental organizations in order to facilitate informed education and participation in local, regional, and state planning and decision-making.
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