George Washington Regional Commission
Coastal Technical Assistance
Project Description as Proposed:
GWRC proposes to support the Coastal Zone program through the following activities: Quarterly meetings (at a minimum) of local government planning directors and/or environmental planning and development review personnel to:Provide information to localities about state/federal initiatives, Solicit input from localities on state/federal initiatives, and Encourage the exchange of information between localitiesOrganize & participate in training workshops, including a class offered by the NOAA Coastal Service Center faculty. Provide staff support to GWRC’s Green Government Commission and its Green Building, Green Earth and Green Waste sub-committees, promote DEQ’s Virginia Green Lodging and Restaurant programs, promote the development of eco-tourism opportunities through the organization of regional tourism, hospitality, non-profit and business interests, and coordinate implementation of regional Home Performance with Energy Star pilot project with Green Building Sub-committee activities. Enhance the City of Fredericksburg’s real estate parcel GIS layer with functional land use classification, consistent with classification used in Stafford and Caroline Counties to support more consistent land use mapping across the region. This will enhance the City’s ability to enforce development codes and environmental regulations. Provide the City of Fredericksburg with more accurate estimates of current (2009) tree canopy, impervious surface area and other forms of land cover, as well as associated ecosystem service benefits calculated by CITYgreen imagery analysis tool.
Kevin Byrnes, (540) 373-2890; email@example.com
10/1/2010- 9/30/2011; Project Completed
Final Product Received:
George Washington Regional Commission Coastal Technical Assistance Program Final Report (pdf)
Project Summary Provided by Grantee:
Through the Coastal Technical Assistance program, GWRC hosted a number of training and coordination meetings, attended the CZM program’s Coastal PDC quarterly meetings and supported efforts of three local sub-committees of GWRC’s Green Government Commission (now disbanded), namely: the Green Buildings, Green Earth and Green Waste sub-committees. The Green Buildings sub-committee worked with GWRC staff to develop the program guidelines for the regional Home Performance with Energy Star program which received EPA-sponsorship certification in May 2011. This home energy conservation retrofit program was funded under a separate ARRA grant by the Va. Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy. Under the Green Waste sub-committee, the committee and GWRC staff:
a) promoted discussions between Caroline and Spotsylvania Counties to explore cooperative waste management and recycling programs,
b) encouraged adoption of formal recycling programs in the Fredericksburg City public school system, and
c) supported local interest in more cost-effective collection of business recycling data to assist localities document their annual recycling rate by designing an Internet survey tool patterned after the Va. DEQ annual business recycling survey template. (http://www.kwiksurveys.com/preview-survey.php?survey_ID=IOKEJF_ec5be6a2) This tool may be used in the 2012 recycling survey effort by several localities to boost their response rate from private businesses.
Lastly, the Green Earth sub-committee worked with staff to try to identify funding sources to print the “Passport to the Central Rappahannock” environmental guide for children (see: http://www.riverfriends.org/Publications/PassporttotheCentralRappahannock/tabid/557/Default.aspx) and collaborated on the development of the regional Green Infrastructure Plan developed under a separate CZM grant.
The major undertaking through this grant was the development of a comprehensive land use classification study (and corresponding parcel mapping file) for the City of Fredericksburg, enabling the City to get a comprehensive update of land uses under a more robust classification system (i.e. a modified version of the American Planning Association’s Land Based Classification Standards (LBCS) model, using the functional dimension previously deployed by Stafford County). This project was conducted through a sub-contract with the Department of Geography of the University of Mary Washington which provided 2 faculty and several undergraduate students to perform the land use survey and database enhancement work (through file surveys and on-line verification). As a result, the City’s 10.5 square mile land area, comprising 8,178 land parcels was classified at a 95% confidence level at a total project cost of approximately $3.20 per parcel. The resulting GIS map file has been incorporated by the City of Fredericksburg into their land records management system to maintain the high quality layer on the City’s land use pattern which will assist the City in responding to Chesapeake Bay watershed implementation planning tasks in the near future.
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