Crater Planning District Commission
Coastal Technical Assistance Program
Project Description as Proposed:
The Crater staff will work with the Commission’s Environmental Resources Management Task Force comprised of the planning directors of the Crater Planning District to carry out this Technical Assistance program. The objective of the program is to have “Tidewater Communities” working in partnership to manage our coastal resources. The expected outcome of the program is that our communities will have a better understanding of the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program and, therefore, be better prepared to address the region’s coastal resource issues.
The Commission staff will assist Tidewater communities with (1) environmental impact review of local, state, and federal projects: (2) comprehensive plan updates and reviews and ordinance revisions that incorporate environmental resources and coastal issues, such as nonpoint source and stormwater management, natural hazard mitigation, public access, wetlands, floodplains, shoreline erosion, groundwater management, water supply, transportation planning, as well as Bay Act requirements; and (3) regional data coordination (i.e. social, economic and environmental).
The Commission will continue to participate in the Albemarle-Chowan Watershed Roundtable meetings. The Commission staff will share data about the Virginia side of the watershed because more than 75 percent of the land area of Crater’s Tidewater communities are located in the Chowan Watershed.
The Crater Planning District Commission has been involved in watershed planning initiatives encompassing the Appomattox and James Rivers in the areas of specific environmental and land use initiatives as they relate to the Commission’s “Tidewater Communities.” The initiatives also include close coordination with state and federal agencies. The Commission will continue to participate in the Middle James Roundtable activities and the planning and implementation of TMDL plans for the impaired waters and streams in the region through the staff’s participation in the TMDL Technical Advisory Committees.
The Crater Commission will continue to provide staff support to the “Friends of the Lower Appomattox River” (FOLAR) organization. Its mission statement is “communities working in partnership to conserve and protect the Appomattox River.” Its work program includes implementation of the Lower Appomattox River Corridor Greenway/Blueway Plan, development of a 23 mile regional trail from City Point in Hopewell to Lake Chesdin in Dinwiddie County, water quality monitoring, riparian tree planting, and river clean up. The Commission will also work with “The Friends of Chesterfield’s Riverfront” on various initiatives.
10/1/2000 - 9/30/2010; Project completed
Final Product Received:
Crater Region Coastal Technical Assistance Report (October 1, 2009 - September 30, 2010) (pdf)
Project Summary Provided by Grantee:
The Crater technical assistance program includes various activities coordinated and provided by Crater PDC staff. Some of the major assistance provided included watershed planning, stormwater management, comprehensive plan and land use regulation, rural transportation, solid waste management, regional tourism, hazard mitigation and emergency planning, grant application assistance and management, non-point source pollution, resource conservation, and greenway and trail development. The Commission staff continues to provide staff support to the “Friends of the Lower Appomattox River (FOLAR)” organization, such as grant application and project management.
Crater staff reviewed and commented on environmental impact assessments of local , state and federal projects submitted to the Commission. The Commission sponsored 4 local land use administrators meetings and 5 training sessions. The training topics discussed were: 1) Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grants, 2) Crater Watershed Protection Plan, 3) Joint Land Use Study: Military Installations and the Surrounding Communities, 4) Crater Region Green Infrastructure, and 5) Virginia Logistics Research Center program. The Commission staff completed an analysis of impervious surfaces in the Crater coastal region and presented it to Crater planning directors on September 17, 2010.
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