In November 2012, the HRPDC approved its 2013 Legislative Agenda. The Legislative Agenda was developed to provide the Hampton Roads General Assembly Delegation a sense of regional priorities and concerns as the General Assembly works through the 2013 Legislative Session. The HRPDC 2013 Legislative Agenda can be found on the HRPDC website at www.hrpdcva.gov
The Legislative Agenda addresses a wide range of matters, including housing, funding, water quality and other environmental issues and state government administration. Of particular significance is support for maintenance and funding of the Virginia Housing Trust Fund, water quality funding and enabling authority for local governments to use in addressing the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and protection of local waterbodies and funding. The HRPDC continues to support financial assistance to localities for land use acquisition programs to protect Naval Air Station Oceana and Langley Air Force Base, programs to enhance and expand emergency management, recycling and environmental education. The HRPDC also supports the second phase of a state study, to be conducted by state agencies in cooperation with Virginia’s coastal planning district commissions, of sea level rise in the region, including appropriate measures to adapt to and mitigate the impacts of sea level rise. The HRPDC opposes lifting of the moratorium on uranium mining, imposition of state fees on local government services, unfunded mandates and restrictions on local taxing and planning authority. The HRPDC Legislative Agenda is supportive of many of the initiatives contained in the legislative agendas of the region’s local governments.