On August 8, the HRPDC was host to several sessions to discuss the Virginia Coastal Resilience Master Plan. These sessions were led by Ann Phillips, Special Assistant to Governor Northam for Coastal Adaptation and Protection and the project consultant team.
From 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, the HRPDC hosted two separate charettes, which provided locality staffs the opportunity to provide technical input that should be considered in the preparation of this Plan. Approximately 60 staff representatives from the region’s 17 local governments and other community partners participated in these two charette sessions.
From 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm that evening, a public meeting was held to receive comments on the proposed Master Plan. Approximately 70 members of the public attended and participated in this public meeting.
The Virginia Coastal Master Plan is scheduled for completion by November 2021, and will provide a roadmap to ensure Virginia is resilient to floods, hurricanes and other extreme weather events. The Plan will also outline the costs and necessary funding for projects and programs to enhance the resiliency of Virginia’s Coastal regions, and make Virginia a leader in Coastal Adaptation.
HRPDC staff has been supporting this planning process by serving on the Plan’s Technical Advisory Committee and is also participating in several of the subcommittees that have been formed to provide input into this planning process.