Coastal resources management refers to the proactive study, planning for, and use of important resources in coastal areas such as beaches, wetlands, waterfront lands, and fisheries. The HRPDC’s Coastal Resources Management Program works with local governments, state and federal agencies, and non-governmental organizations to inform and coordinate decisions on policies and projects affecting coastal resources in Hampton Roads.
The Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program (VCZMP), originally established in 1986, is a network of state laws and policies through which the Commonwealth of Virginia manages the use of and impacts to important coastal resources. Areas of particular emphasis include coastal wildlife habitats, public access, resiliency, and land conservation.
The Virginia CZM Program is in the process of adopting the FY2021-2025 Coastal Needs Assessment and Strategies, which will prioritize the development of new enforceable policies. The final version has been submitted to NOAA for review, with approval expected in November 2020. More information is available here.
Virginia’s coastal zone includes 8 planning districts, 29 counties, 17 independent cities, and 42 incorporated towns that border the Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay, and other tidal waters.
Through the Coastal Resources Management Program, the HRPDC works closely with the other seven coastal Planning District Commissions on issues and programs of mutual interest and concern, such as working waterfronts and land conservation. Focal areas for the HRPDC’s coastal resources management program include green infrastructure, coastal resiliency, and public access. The HRPDC staff also helps guide the implementation and enhancement of the VCZMP by participating on the Virginia Coastal Policy Team.
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