The Commission took the following actions at the Executive Committee Meeting on November 17, 2011.
• Mr. Ellis W. James, resident of the city of Norfolk, addressed the Commission regarding his concerns about uranium mining. He encouraged elected officials to pay close attention to the potential impact to Hampton Roads localities if the moratorium is lifted.
Approval/Modification of the Agenda: There was a new business item added, Item #16, Nominating Committee Appointment. The agenda was approved as amended.
The following items were approved by Consent Agenda:
• Minutes of the October 20, 2011 Annual Commission Meeting
• Treasurer’s Report
• Regional Reviews
o PNRS Reviews
o Environment Impact Assessment/Statement Reviews
• Amendment to FY 2012 Budget
Other items approved under the Consent Agenda:
• Contract Amendments
A. URS Task Order No. 4
B. CH2MHill Task Order No. 3
• Contract: Working Waterfronts Plan
HRPDC Legislative Agenda: John Carlock, Deputy Executive Director, provided an overview of suggested legislative items that warrant regional attention. Following much discussion it was suggested that land acquisition for Langley be added to the language regarding Oceana. Other issues of concern included septic tank pump outs and eminent domain. Staff will refine the package and present revisions at the December meeting.
Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL): Senior Water Resources Planner, Jennifer Tribo provided an update on the Phase II Watershed Improvement Plan (WIP) process of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL to address concerns raised from the October Commission meeting. Ms. Tribo’s presentation touched on the benefits of implementing TMDL requirements, as well as limits to modeled water quality improvements and what localities can do to measure water quality improvements in the watershed. She also provided an update on communications from EPA and DCR, which will require localities to submit individual plans to DCR. A recommended regional approach to meeting this requirement was discussed. In addition, the Commission authorized staff to write a joint letter with other PDCs requesting removal of Waste Load Allocations for municipal stormwater from the finalized TMDL.
Nominating Committee Appointment: Due to recent election results, the nominating committee will be reconvened by Vice Chair Tom Shepperd.