The HRPDC took the following actions at its Executive Committee meeting on June 19, 2014:
DEQ’s Long Range Planning Initiative: Secretary of Natural Resources, Molly Ward set the stage for a pilot project involving long-range environmental planning in Hampton Roads. Department of Environmental Quality Director, David Paylor outlined the focus and guiding principles of the effort. Rather than the traditional “top-down” method of a Statewide Commission preparing a Statewide plan, DEQ envisions a “bottom-up,” regionally-based, collaborative model that is coordinated by DEQ and led by Planning District Commissions (PDCs) in three pilot areas of Northern Virginia, New River Valley and Hampton Roads. The plans will be a collaborative approach to address regionally identified environmental priorities.
Regional Emergency Management Collaboration and Sustainment: James Gray, Assistant City Manager, Hampton described the concerns and challenges facing regional emergency management efforts in Hampton Roads. Chief among them is the lack of available grant funding and the need to sustain or replace many local and regional emergency management assets. Mr. Stephen Best with the Hampton Roads Emergency Management Catastrophic Planning Team proposed that the region develop a consolidation solution which will preserve investments, as well as being a conduit for future grants and financial resources. Mr. Best stressed that a regional consolidation of programs where continued planning and coordination would best serve the public relative to response and recovery following catastrophic events. Mr. Best asked that the Commission endorse exploring a regional consolidation effort, with a detailed proposal coming back to the Commission in October.
Envision Hampton Roads Survey Results: Chris Bonney and Quentin Kidd relayed the results of the regional survey that kicked off the regional strategic planning process. The research asked about guiding and aspirational values, as well as regional priorities. Of note were the many commonalities in terms of pride of place and a desire to make the region better. Values such as environmental quality, diversity and history were common themes in the responses. The results also indicated a citizen desire for bold leadership in solving the big issues facing Hampton Roads. Next steps include developing a regional vision and strategies.
The following items were approved under the Consent Agenda:
Chairman Wright noted future meeting topics and and advised members that there would be a special joint presentation to honor retiring Executive Director, Dwight Farmer at the beginning of the HRTPO meeting.
There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned.