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Hampton Roads Planning District Commission

The HRPDC staff works closely with staff from the member local governments, regional, state and federal agencies.  Local government and state and federal agency staff participate actively in the complex advisory committee structure which works to ensure that HRPDC programs meet the needs of the region’s localities and citizens.  The HRPDC Committees include subject area experts from each of the member local governments appointed by the Chief Administrative Officers of the localities. Several Committees also include representatives from the Towns of Smithfield and Windsor and various regional agencies, such as the Hampton Roads Sanitation District, Hampton Roads Transit, Southeastern and Peninsulas Public Service Authorities and others. 

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Standing Committees – Water Resources Planning

Directors of Utilities Committee

The HRPDC Directors of Utilities Committee is charged with addressing technical, policy and administrative issues associated with the planning and operation of the region’s water supply and wastewater systems, as well as a broad range of other water resource management issues.  The Committee includes the Director of Utilities or a senior representative from the sixteen member local governments, the Towns of Smithfield and Windsor, the Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) and the HRPDC. It is recognized as a formal advisory committee to the Commission. Semiannually, the committee meets jointly with the local Directors of Health and the Virginia Department of Health to discuss issues of mutual concern associated with drinking water and other water quality issues.

A number of subcommittees or working groups have been established by the Directors of Utilities Committee. They include:

  • Capacity Team.  The Capacity Team is responsible for coordinating the technical aspects of implementing the Regional Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) Consent Order. 

  • Fats, Oils & Grease Technical Subcommittee.  The Fats, Oils & Grease Technical Subcommittee was established to develop a regionally consistent program for managing fats, oils and grease in the wastewater system, including training.

  • Fats, Oils & Grease Education Subcommittee.  The Fats, Oils & Grease Education Subcommittee was established to develop and implement regional education programs concerning management of fats, oils and grease in the wastewater system. 

  • Water Awareness Subcommittee.  This subcommittee was established to develop and implement a regional water conservation education program.  It mission has been expanded to include all aspects of drinking water quality and value.

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Regional Stormwater Management Committee

The Regional Stormwater Management Committee is charged with supporting implementation of programs required by the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Permits, issued by the state to twelve of the region’s localities; evaluation of technical, regulatory and policy initiatives in stormwater management; and related programs such as erosion and sediment control and water quality planning, such as the Total Maximum Daily Load Program.  It is a component of the Joint Environmental Committee. Subcommittees have been established to assist the Regional Stormwater Management Committee:

  • Stormwater Phase I Subcommittee.  The Cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach, governed by the Phase I Stormwater Permits, and the HRPDC address issues associated with implementation of the Phase I Stormwater Permits.  Click here for meetings.

  • Stormwater Phase II Subcommittee.  The Cities of Poquoson, Suffolk and Williamsburg and the Counties of Isle of Wight, James City and York, governed by Stormwater Phase II Permits, VDOT and the HRPDC address implementation of the Phase II Stormwater Permits through the Stormwater Phase II Subcommittee.  Click here for meetings.

  • Stormwater Education Subcommittee.  Stormwater Education was established by the Regional Stormwater Management Committee to develop and implement a regional stormwater education program.  A primary purpose of this initiative is to support local government compliance with the Stormwater Permits, both Phase I and Phase II.  Click here for meetings.

This committee was active from July 2011 to April 2012.

Regional Chesapeake Bay TMDL Steering Committee

This Steering Committee was established to guide the region’s efforts to develop the local and regional components of the Virginia Watershed Implementation Plan – Phase II, which is the state implementation plan, associated with the Chesapeake Bay TMDL.  It is recognized as a formal advisory to the Commission.  Click here for meetings.

Click here to view the Regional Chesapeake Bay TMDL Steering Committee Meeting Agendas and Minutes.

Elizabeth River Steering Committee

The Elizabeth River Steering Committee was established to provide local and state guidance to the Elizabeth River Restoration Study conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE).  It has now been expanded to function as the stakeholder and technical advisory committee for Total Maximum Daily Load water quality studies for the River.  Click here for meetings.

Standing Committees – Regional Planning

Regional Planning Committee

The Regional Planning Committee is a new Committee being created from an expanded Hampton Roads Chesapeake Bay Committee and a proposed Environmental Planning Committee. It will be tasked with addressing environmental sustainability, energy conservation, green infrastructure, climate change, water quality, and other planning issues that may cut across functional lines.

Regional Environmental Committee

In 2013, the Joint Environmental Committee reorganized into the Regional Environmental Committee. It is recognized as a formal advisory committee to the Commission, and provides a vehicle for integrating the work of the Regional Stormwater Management, Hampton Roads Chesapeake Bay and Regional Planning Committees.  It provides recommendations, based on the work of those committees and subcommittees, to the HRPDC.  Click here for meetings.

Click here to view Regional Environmental Meeting Agendas and Minutes.

Joint Environmental Committee

The Joint Environmental Committee (now Regional Environmental Committee) was recognized as a formal advisory committee to the Commission.  It provided a vehicle for integrating the work of the Regional Stormwater Management, Hampton Roads Chesapeake Bay and Regional Planning Committees.  It provided recommendations, based on the work of those committees and subcommittees, to the HRPDC. 

Click here to view the Joint Environmental Meeting Agendas and Minutes Archive.

Hampton Roads Chesapeake Bay Committee

The Hampton Roads Chesapeake Bay Committee focuses on implementation of the local Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act Programs. 

Hampton Roads Watershed Roundtable

The Hampton Roads Watershed Roundtable is a vehicle for information exchange, education and development of technical recommendations among representatives of the private sector and local governments.  The Roundtable focuses on water quality, green building and energy issues.  Click here for meetings.

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program Subcommittee

This subcommittee has been established to facilitate coordination of local government programs being developed through the federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, which was funded through the 2009 federal stimulus funding. 

Urban Forestry Roundtable

This ad hoc committee is examining potential regional planning for urban forest management and restoration, potential tree canopy legislation and related issues. 


Standing Committees – Public Information and Community Affairs


This committee is a comprehensive environmental education program, composed of the existing Recycling & Beautification, Fats, Oils & Grease, Stormwater Education and Water Awareness programs.  Staffed by the HRPDC, it is overseen by an Executive Committee representing the HRPDC’s four long-standing environmental education committees.  Click here for meetings.

Hampton Roads H2O – Help To Others – Program Board

The H2O Program is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, organized by the region’s localities, HRPDC and HRSD to assist local residents who are unable to pay their water or sewer bill due to an emergency situation.  Click here for meetings.

Recycling and Beautification Subcommittee

Recycling & Beautification is charged with developing a cooperative regional education program addressing litter control, recycling and beautification.  Click here for meetings.


Emergency Management Committees

All meetings are closed and not open to the public. All information discussed and developed is FOUO.

Regional Emergency Management Technical Advisory Committee

The Regional Emergency Management Technical Advisory Committee (REMTAC) serves to strategically coordinate planning and resources to better prepare the region for a natural, technological or manmade disaster.  REMTAC has also established and helps direct the following subcommittees:

  • Debris Management Subcommittee.  The Debris Management Subcommittee is responsible for reviewing and maintaining the debris management contracts, addressing debris management coordination, and overseeing the FEMA/FHWA reimbursement process for compliance in the region associated with post-hurricane cleanup. 

  • WebEOC Subcommittee.  The WebEOC Subcommittee is responsible for facilitating collaboration, providing regional guidance, establishing standard operating procedures, and making recommendations for regional WebEOC ® implementation and operations.

  • Special Needs Subcommittee.  The Special Needs (SpN) Subcommittee is responsible for coordinating/collaborating with multiple stakeholders to address special needs (both medical and social) for the purpose of planning in emergency management mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.

  • Healthcare Organizations Emergency Preparedness Seminars (HOEPS) Work Group.  HOEPS provides public outreach/education, primarily through annual seminars, regarding emergency preparedness to those who work in health care organizations. Training ranges from equipping employees to prepare themselves and their families to providing detailed information on resident disaster emergency operations and continuity planning for facilities/centers.

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Hampton Roads Interoperable Communications Advisory Committee (HRICAC).

The HRICAC is responsible for managing the functioning of the Hampton Roads Tactical Regional Area Network (HRtacRAN) and associated emergency communications activities.

Hampton Roads Urban Area Working Group (UAWG)

The HR UAWG is a committee that provides overall governance of the Urban Areas Security Initiative across the regional area encompassed within the defined urban area; all 16 jurisdictions of Hampton Roads. UAWG responsibilities include the development of the Urban Area Homeland Security Strategy, investment identification and justification, funding allocation methodologies, and any direct services that are delivered by grants and training. The UAWG is also responsible for ensuring that all programmatic requirements associated with participation in the Homeland Security Grant Programs’ Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) are fulfilled. The UAWG has also established and helps direct the following subcommittee:

Hampton Roads Metropolitan Medical Response System – Primary Committees

  • HRMMRS Oversight Committee.  The HRMMRS Oversight Committee provides expert advice and guidance in the areas of:  training, equipment, supplies, pharmaceuticals distribution, communications, budgets, exercises and drills, to the HRMMRS Program Manager, and the Hampton Roads MMRS program, on all matters related to HRMMRS planning and operations, including an “all-hazards” approach for medical response to disasters of all types. 

  • HRMMRS Strike Team Committee.  The HRMMRS Strike Team Committee was established to recruit and review recommendations for new and replacement members, conduct periodic review of Strike Team operating procedures and revise as needed, identify training courses, facilitate in regional exercises, evaluate need for additional and/or replacement equipment and supplies, support the role of the Strike Team in regional agencies, organizations, exercises, and events, review and recommend funding sources for above duties. 

  • HRMMRS Health Care Committee.  The HRMMRS HealthCare Committee was established to strengthen medical surge capabilities in Hampton Roads, strengthen mass prophylaxis capabilities, strengthen emergency triage and pre-hospital treatment capabilities, identify areas of need and arrange training accordingly, facilitate participation of healthcare providers in regional emergency preparedness exercises, support Hampton Roads Medical Reserve Corps programs, support regional emergency preparedness planning for special needs populations, strengthen interoperable communication capabilities among hospitals, public health, public safety, and emergency management, support development of regional fatality management plans, review and recommend funding sources from HRMMRS, Assistant Secretary for Preparation and Response (ASPR), UASI and Regional Catastrophic Program Grants (RCPG) grants.