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:
1.Regional Coordination Process: The coordination process involves all local governments, 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, it addresses CBPA implementation, wetlands, public access, environmental regulations, conservation planning and coastal energy issues. Continuation of Southern Watershed Area Management Program (SWAMP) activities. Participation on the Coastal PDC Committee.
2.Environmental Impact Review. Review/comment on EIA/EIS and Coastal Consistency Determinations/Certifications affecting Hampton Roads, including coordination of local response.
3.Regional Technical Studies. Policy and technical analysis of environmental and coastal issues, including a specific study to be determined in cooperation with local governments. Potential topics include 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.
4.Training. Conduct four training programs/activities for local governments. Possible topics include, environmental codes, LID, wetlands training, CBPA implementation, erosion and sediment control, land conservation and funding opportunities, conservation planning and energy issues.
5.Public Information & Education. Produce four newsletters. Presentations will be made on request. Monthly status reports and briefings to HRPDC Commission. Evaluate and maintain Environmental Education Clearinghouse.
6.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; firstname.lastname@example.org
10/1/2009 - 9/30/2010: Project Completed
Final Product Received:
Hampton Roads Planning District Commission Coastal Technical Assistance Program Annual Report Oct 1, 2009 - Sept 30, 2010 (PDF)
Project Summary Provided by Grantee:
This report describes the environmental technical assistance program conducted by the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission during FY 2009 – 2010 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, wetlands, and the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuaries in North Carolina, 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 without appendices will be available through http://www.hrpdcva.gov.
Through this program, the HRPDC staff provides the following:
Environmental Impact Review – Approximately sixty-three (63) 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 wetlands, Chesapeake Bay Program issues, and other 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. During the year, this effort focused on state water quality and TMDL requirements, implementation of the CBPA, responding to the Chesapeake Bay TMDL, and wetlands.
Public Information and Education –
During FY2009-2010, the HRPDC staff shifted from producing four quarterly newsletters to an electronic HRPDC Weekly Update and a continuously updated blog, Hampton Roads Review. 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. Archived editions of the newsletter are available on the HRPDC website, and the blog can be accessed at http://www.hrpdcva.gov/HamptonRoadsReview
. In addition, several technical training sessions on water quality and regulatory issues were held during the year.Technical Assistance –
Daily assistance is provided to local government staff, consultants, businesses, and citizen environmental organizations on environmental and planning issues. This includes ordinance and plan development, provision of technical information, acquisition and interpretation of aerial photography, and GIS data and maps. 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