Northern Neck Planning District Commission
Coastal Technical Assistance Program
Project Description as Proposed:
The NNPDC FY10 environmental work program will consist of six 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. 2) NNPDC Staff will support local planning, staff education, training and coordination through quarterly Coastal Managers (Land Use Administrator's) Meetings and four training sessions. Four training sessions for local county staff will be integrated into meeting schedule, to assist localities in being prepared for new state and federal regulations to improve water quality. 3) NNPDC Staff will revise and update an additional five digital tax maps (including inserts) for Northumberland County . 4) NNPDC staff will assist Lancaster County with the implementing Phase III of the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act by modifying the Farm Field Inventory that was revised in a 2006 PDC VACZM Technical Assistance Grant and compiling a mailing list for notification as required by the Act. This data will be intersected with the county's digital tax map layer to ascertain the owners of the agricultural lands, and converted to an MS Excel file for mailing of notifications. 5) NNPDC staff will work with Richmond County to use GIS to create a Buildable Areas Map for the county. The entire county area will be analyzed for suitability for development, using wetland, soils, RPA, and conserved lands GIS data layers to exclude those lands not suited for development., as well as aiding the county in long range land use planning.
Stuart McKenzie - 804.333.1900: firstname.lastname@example.org
10/1/2010 - 9/30/2011; Project Completed
Final Product Received:
Northern Neck Planning District Commission Technical Assistance Program Final Report (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, to non-profit Land Conservancy agencies and to local citizens. Maps were produced to assist in identifying county owned lands, modifications to the Chesapeake Bay Resource Protection Area in the Town of White Stone, aerial photos of proposed reservoir sites, as well as facilitating conservation easement negotiations for selected private lands.
NNPDC staff held quarterly local coordination meetings with the four county land use administration staff. These meetings provided a means for exchanging information, training opportunities regarding important coastal issues and dissemination of information from the state that is of import to the Northern Neck localities. Training sessions were held on Low Impact Development, Hull Springs Farm Living Shoreline Demonstration Project/Wetland Mitigation Bank, Working Waterfront Protection, the Chesapeake Bay TMDL Watershed Implementation Plan and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science Shoreline Protection Decision Tree tool. These training sessions provided localities with up to date information on guidance on how best to manage development within their jurisdictions.
Specific products for member counties include ongoing revision of digital tax maps for Northumberland County. NNPDC staff completed revising five tax maps this grant year, Tax Maps 15, 16, 17, 19, 37 and are steadily updating the county’s changing tax parcels outlines to up to date aerial photography. These updated tax maps will be used in planning exercises, as well as in day to day county operations.
NNPDC staff assisted Lancaster County in preparation for upcoming Phase III Implementation of the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act by revising and updating a 2006 Lancaster County Farm Inventory GIS data map layer. Phase III of the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act requires notification of landowners of land in agricultural production to have an up to date nutrient Management Plan to reduce non point source pollution into the Bay. Fields that had been taken out of agricultural production were deleted, and any new fields that were created were digitized. The newly updated agricultural farm field GIS digital map layer was then intersected with Lancaster County digital tax maps to identify the landowner's mailing address. A database of owners of agricultural production fields was generated, so that when the county decides to send out notification letters to owners of lands in agricultural productions, they will have a mailing list ready to use.
NNPDC staff worked with the staff of Richmond County to create a Buildable Areas Map. This map looked at various constraints to development, wetlands, the 100 foot Chesapeake Bay Resource Protection Areas, land under protection through conservation easements as well as slope to determine areas that were deemed to be unbuildable. NNDPC staff produced two buildable area maps, one with the slope factored in and one map without slope as a consideration. Richmond County staff indicated that these maps would be useful when staff interacts with developers to hopefully steer development to areas of the county that are more suited for development.
NNPDC staff worked with Westmoreland County staff to perform a build out analysis for the Coles Point Growth Area. The build out sought to answer the question as to when the county would need to expand the spray irrigation area for the sewage treatment plant and when the sewage treatment plant would need to be expanded. Estimates from the modeling exercise indicated that the spray irrigation field would need to be expanded by 2071 and the plant itself expanded in 2171.
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