Resolution in Support of Offshore Wind Development
The HRPDC unanimously approved a resolution supporting offshore wind development off the coast of Virginia. In this resolution, the HRPDC agreed to:
Prior to approving this resolution, the HRPDC received a presentation from George Hagerman, Senior Project Scientist from Old Dominion University, on East Coast Offshore Wind Development Opportunities for Virginia and Hampton Roads. Several of the region’s assets including its geographic location, shipyard facilities, unmatched port infrastructure, congestion-free harbor navigation and workforce creates significant opportunities for Hampton Roads to leverage offshore wind development as a job creation opportunity.
Regional Legislative Agenda
The HRPDC unanimously approved its Regional Legislative Agenda for the upcoming General Assembly session. Items included in the Commission’s legislative priorities include:
Chesapeake Bay Program Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP)
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) made grant funds available to the HRPDC to develop input for the Chesapeake Bay WIP. This phase is focused on identifying voluntary strategies to reduce nutrient loads from unregulated areas in the watershed. HRPDC was asked to convene local and regional officials, staff and stakeholders to provide input and recommendations for addressing Local Area Planning Goals in accordance with DEQ’s outlined initiatives. The grant deliverables include:
Staff provided the Commission a status report on work the HRPDC is coordinating related to the Phase III WIP.
Contract for Interoperable Communications Study
The Commission approved a contract with Winburne Consulting, LLC for Business Architecture Services for Interoperable Communications Technologies. This effort will support the Hampton Roads Interoperable Communications Subcommittee of the All Hazards Advisory Committee in determining the operation value of preexisting, regional interoperable communications systems and guide future investments.
FY 2018 State Homeland Security Program (SHSP)
The HRPDC authorized the Executive Director to accept Homeland Security Funding for the following projects:
Hampton Roads Help to Others (H2O) Program
The HRPDC authorized the award of a consultant services contract to West Cary Group in an amount not to exceed $ 60,000 to provide for brand development and marketing for the Help to Others Program. Potential tasks may include, but are not limited to:
Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) – Hampton Roads Help to Others (H2O) Program
The HRPDC approved an updated MOA to include Surry County and the City of Franklin as participating localities in the Help to Others Program. This action increases the number of localities participating in this program to 18. The purpose of the Hampton Roads Help to Others Program is to solicit community contributions to provide financial aid to families or individuals in danger of losing residential water service due to a family crisis. The program was established by the HRPDC and the participating jurisdictions in 1999 and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation under Virginia law in 2007.
FY2018 Audited Financial Statements
The HRPDC took action to accept the FY2018 Audited Financial Statements. The independent Auditors Report stated that the statements present fairly, in all material respects, the basic financial statements of the HRPDC/HRTPO. There were no material weaknesses, or deficiencies, identified in any of the internal controls or processes of the financial activity, and all information was free of any material misstatements.