Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission
Middle Peninsula Conservation Corridors Plan Year 2
Project Description as Proposed:
Middle Peninsula member localities pride themselves on their rural character, heritage, as well as their natural resource based economy which is strongly supported by an abundance of green infrastructure. Year 1 of the conservation corridor planning project reaffirmed this abundance of green infrastructure. Through the creation of maps, high Priority Conservation Areas (PCAs), which consist of unfragmented habitats of high ecological integrity, were illustrated for the region.
Although the region is currently replete with pristine conservation cores and corridors, Middle Peninsula localities face the challenge of balancing new development pressures with sustaining its rural integrity. To guide future community development, localities create comprehensive plans to lay out the localities’ desired land uses, management and preservation of natural resources, identification and preservation of historically significant lands and structures, and adequate planning for infrastructure needs. Also as a community visioning tool, comprehensive plans guide future public policy decisions with regard to community development.
Therefore in Year 2 of this project, MPPDC staff will use the PCA maps and overlay these maps with private easements and zoning classifications that are intended to limit development, and protect and preserve natural resources. Juxtaposing these three layers will assist MPPDC staff in answering two questions: (1) Are private easements and conservation zones located in areas that the Commonwealth considers to be ideal for conservation efforts? and (2) Are current land use policies (including local conservation zoning districts) consistent with county comprehensive plans? In other words, what is the relationship between protected lands, conservation zoning districts and PCA’s? To further support cohesion between land use practices and land use public policy, MPPDC staff will use quantitative and qualitative data generated under FY 2009 Task 95 Dragon Run SAMP) and Task 97.01 (MP Conservation Corridors). The quantitative data will reflect the impacts and changes to county tax revenues due to lands with conservation easements (for both land-use and non land-use counties). Stakeholder meetings will be held to discuss such implications and how localities may approach off-setting this loss of revenue.
MPPDC staff will convene a stake holder group consisting of Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (CBNERR), Friends of Dragon Run, Middle Peninsula Land Trust, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and Virginia CZM staff to discuss: (1) the quantitative and qualitative data generated in FY 2009 Tasks 95 and 97.01 to provide a comprehensive overview of how current public policy is impacting locality tax revenues, and (2) options to “offset” revenue losses by each locality. MPPDC staff will then discuss outcomes of stakeholder meetings with localities, including elected officials, county administrators and county planning departments in order to facilitate interested localities in developing cohesion with current land use practices and policy.
Lewie Lawrence - (804) 758-2311: email@example.com or Jackie Rickards - 804.758.2311; firstname.lastname@example.org
10/1/2010 - 9/30/2011
Final Product Received:
Project Summary Provided by Grantee:
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