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PUBLIC NOTICE: Draft FY 2020 Work Program

PUBLIC NOTICE: Draft FY 2020 Work Program

Public Notice

HAMPTON ROADS PLANNING DISTRICT COMMISSION

DRAFT FY 2020 WORK PROGRAM

The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC) has produced the Draft Work Program (WP) for fiscal year (FY) 2020, which begins on July 1, 2019. The WP describes planning work to be performed by the HRPDC staff during FY 2020.  This public notice is to request public review and comment on the draft WP.

The Work Program includes projects to be undertaken for the Hampton Roads region as a whole as well as for sub-regional groupings of localities and agencies. Also included are local projects to be carried out in cooperation with or on behalf of individual member localities. The WP functions as a comprehensive guide to the activities of the HRPDC staff and supporting committees and represents the agreement between the HRPDC staff and the Commission on the functions and services to be accomplished on behalf of the Commission and its member localities. The WP is required by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), in part, as the basis for the state’s annual appropriation to support Planning District Commissions.

The planning activities in the WP address a wide range of programs, including: community affairs and civil rights, economics, emergency management, environmental education, housing and human services, regional planning and water resources. Each of these programs concurrently considers many related issues, such as land use, socioeconomic characteristics, transportation, climate change, environmental justice, and public involvement and outreach. To ensure the most effective service to the Hampton Roads community, many of the HRPDC functions, as well as those of the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO), require integration and coordination of key issues such as recurrent flooding, hurricane evacuation, economic development and provision of utility and transportation infrastructure. HRPDC programs include:

  • Community Affairs and Civil Rights: The Office of Community Affairs and Civil Rights is committed to public involvement in the planning and programming process as recognized by federal law. It implements Title VI, Environmental Justice (EJ), and Public Involvement to ensure a fair and equitable planning process, as well as access to that process. Staff also provides current and relevant updates to residents about projects and activities of the HRPDC.
  • Emergency Management: The HRPDC Emergency Management (EM) Department serves as a resource to foster and support local and regional strategies that will complement existing emergency management programs in cities and counties throughout Hampton Roads. The overall goal of the department is to help build partnerships that encourage regional cooperation.
  • Environmental Education: The HRPDC Environmental Education program staff administers askHRgreen.org, which provides residents with guidance on environmental stewardship and helps localities meet the requirements of MS4 permits, groundwater withdrawal permits, and state consent orders to reduce sanitary sewer overflows. This effort is concentrated into four subcommittees: Recycling and Beautification; Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) Education; Water Awareness; and Stormwater Education.
  • Housing and Human Services: The HRPDC collaborates with local government agencies and non-profit organizations to coordinate local initiatives on housing and human services issues in an effort to develop effective and efficient solutions to our region's housing and human service needs. HRPDC is involved in a variety of housing and human service activities aimed at improving the quality of life of the Hampton Roads region's residents such as affordable housing, services and programs for the disabled, as wells as services for seniors.
  • Planning and Economics: HRPDC's Planning and Economics department provides a forum for local governments to develop cooperative initiatives that address regional economic and planning issues and opportunities. The Department's staff undertakes technical and policy studies and provides technical assistance to the member localities and others. HRPDC Planning and Economics staff provides detailed information, analysis and forecasting relevant to the Hampton Roads economy. The department publishes and presents information in a variety of manners, including focused in-depth published reports, quarterly reports on the regional economy, special reports relating to breaking news or new information, and journal articles.
  • Water Resources: HRPDC’s Water Resources Department provides technical and planning support to local stormwater, drinking water, and wastewater programs. Program activities are focused on the management of regional groundwater and surface water resources and water quality regulations.  Other program areas include: coastal resources management, recurrent flooding and sea level rise.

You may access the Draft HRPDC FY 2020 Work Program by clicking on the following link:

DRAFT FY 2020 WORK PROGRAM

You may also obtain a copy of the draft Work Program by contacting the HRPDC at (757) 420-8300.   All interested parties are encouraged to review the Draft FY 2020 Work Program and send comments to Keith Cannady at kcannady@hrpdcva.gov or by mail to 723 Woodlake Drive, Chesapeake, Virginia 23320.  The deadline for comments on this draft is May 24, 2019.

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