Hampton Roads Planning District Commission
The HRPDC staff works closely with staff from the member local governments, regional, state and federal agencies. Local government and state and federal agency staff participate actively in the complex advisory committee structure which works to ensure that HRPDC programs meet the needs of the region’s localities and citizens. The HRPDC Committees include subject area experts from each of the member local governments appointed by the Chief Administrative Officers of the localities. Several Committees also include representatives from the Towns of Smithfield and Windsor and various regional agencies, such as the Hampton Roads Sanitation District, Hampton Roads Transit, Southeastern and Peninsulas Public Service Authorities and others.
Standing Committees – Water Resources Planning
Directors of Utilities Committee
The HRPDC Directors of Utilities Committee is charged with addressing technical, policy and administrative issues associated with the planning and operation of the region’s water supply and wastewater systems, as well as a broad range of other water resource management issues. The Committee includes the Director of Utilities or a senior representative from the sixteen member local governments, the Towns of Smithfield and Windsor, the Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) and the HRPDC. It is recognized as a formal advisory committee to the Commission. Semiannually, the committee meets jointly with the local Directors of Health and the Virginia Department of Health to discuss issues of mutual concern associated with drinking water and other water quality issues.
A number of subcommittees or working groups have been established by the Directors of Utilities Committee. They include:
Capacity Team. The Capacity Team is responsible for coordinating the technical aspects of implementing the Regional Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) Consent Order.
Fats, Oils & Grease Technical Subcommittee. The Fats, Oils & Grease Technical Subcommittee was established to develop a regionally consistent program for managing fats, oils and grease in the wastewater system, including training.
Fats, Oils & Grease Education Subcommittee. The Fats, Oils & Grease Education Subcommittee was established to develop and implement regional education programs concerning management of fats, oils and grease in the wastewater system.
Water Awareness Subcommittee. This subcommittee was established to develop and implement a regional water conservation education program. It mission has been expanded to include all aspects of drinking water quality and value.
Regional Stormwater Management Committee
The Regional Stormwater Management Committee is charged with supporting implementation of programs required by the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Permits, issued by the state to twelve of the region’s localities; evaluation of technical, regulatory and policy initiatives in stormwater management; and related programs such as erosion and sediment control and water quality planning, such as the Total Maximum Daily Load Program. It is a component of the Joint Environmental Committee. Subcommittees have been established to assist the Regional Stormwater Management Committee:
Stormwater Phase I Subcommittee. The Cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach, governed by the Phase I Stormwater Permits, and the HRPDC address issues associated with implementation of the Phase I Stormwater Permits. Click here for meetings.
Stormwater Phase II Subcommittee. The Cities of Poquoson, Suffolk and Williamsburg and the Counties of Isle of Wight, James City and York, governed by Stormwater Phase II Permits, VDOT and the HRPDC address implementation of the Phase II Stormwater Permits through the Stormwater Phase II Subcommittee. Click here for meetings.
Stormwater Education Subcommittee. Stormwater Education was established by the Regional Stormwater Management Committee to develop and implement a regional stormwater education program. A primary purpose of this initiative is to support local government compliance with the Stormwater Permits, both Phase I and Phase II. Click here for meetings.
This committee was active from July 2011 to April 2012.
Regional Chesapeake Bay TMDL Steering Committee
This Steering Committee was established to guide the region’s efforts to develop the local and regional components of the Virginia Watershed Implementation Plan – Phase II, which is the state implementation plan, associated with the Chesapeake Bay TMDL. It is recognized as a formal advisory to the Commission. Click here for meetings.
Elizabeth River Steering Committee
The Elizabeth River Steering Committee was established to provide local and state guidance to the Elizabeth River Restoration Study conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE). It has now been expanded to function as the stakeholder and technical advisory committee for Total Maximum Daily Load water quality studies for the River. Click here for meetings.
Standing Committees – Regional Planning
Regional Planning Committee
The Regional Planning Committee is a new Committee being created from an expanded Hampton Roads Chesapeake Bay Committee and a proposed Environmental Planning Committee. It will be tasked with addressing environmental sustainability, energy conservation, green infrastructure, climate change, water quality, and other planning issues that may cut across functional lines.
Regional Environmental Committee
In 2013, the Joint Environmental Committee reorganized into the Regional Environmental Committee. It is recognized as a formal advisory committee to the Commission, and provides a vehicle for integrating the work of the Regional Stormwater Management, Hampton Roads Chesapeake Bay and Regional Planning Committees. It provides recommendations, based on the work of those committees and subcommittees, to the HRPDC. Click here for meetings.
Joint Environmental Committee
The Joint Environmental Committee (now Regional Environmental Committee) was recognized as a formal advisory committee to the Commission. It provided a vehicle for integrating the work of the Regional Stormwater Management, Hampton Roads Chesapeake Bay and Regional Planning Committees. It provided recommendations, based on the work of those committees and subcommittees, to the HRPDC.
Hampton Roads Chesapeake Bay Committee
The Hampton Roads Chesapeake Bay Committee focuses on implementation of the local Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act Programs.
Hampton Roads Watershed Roundtable
The Hampton Roads Watershed Roundtable is a vehicle for information exchange, education and development of technical recommendations among representatives of the private sector and local governments. The Roundtable focuses on water quality, green building and energy issues. Click here for meetings.
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program Subcommittee
This subcommittee has been established to facilitate coordination of local government programs being developed through the federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, which was funded through the 2009 federal stimulus funding.
Urban Forestry Roundtable
This ad hoc committee is examining potential regional planning for urban forest management and restoration, potential tree canopy legislation and related issues.
Standing Committees – Public Information and Community Affairs
This committee is a comprehensive environmental education program, composed of the existing Recycling & Beautification, Fats, Oils & Grease, Stormwater Education and Water Awareness programs. Staffed by the HRPDC, it is overseen by an Executive Committee representing the HRPDC’s four long-standing environmental education committees. Click here for meetings.
Hampton Roads H2O – Help To Others – Program Board
The H2O Program is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, organized by the region’s localities, HRPDC and HRSD to assist local residents who are unable to pay their water or sewer bill due to an emergency situation. Click here for meetings.
Recycling and Beautification Subcommittee
Recycling & Beautification is charged with developing a cooperative regional education program addressing litter control, recycling and beautification. Click here for meetings.
Emergency Management Committees
All meetings are closed and not open to the public. All information discussed and developed is FOUO (For Official Use Only).
Hampton Roads All Hazards Advisory Committee (AHAC)
The Hampton Roads All Hazards Advisory Committee (AHAC) is a consolidated organization comprised of the Regional Emergency Management Technical Advisory Committee, the Hampton Roads Urban Area Working Group, the Hampton Roads Regional Catastrophic Planning Team, the Hampton Roads Metropolitan Medical Response System Oversight Committee (program is managed under contract with Tidewater Emergency Medical Services Council) and the Hampton Roads Interoperable Communications Advisory Committee. The AHAC’s purpose is to
- Provide policy direction and oversight for the development and maintenance of a coordinated and integrated regional approach to emergency management planning and response systems and identify ways for the region to work together and combine resources to address planning gaps.
- Make annual recommendations for funding and budget requirements to the HRPDC Board and administer all funds appropriated to accomplish the work of the AHAC.
- Develop and maintain interoperable and operable communications capabilities and associated emergency communications activities.
- Foster regional collaboration and communication for various preparedness stakeholder groups.
- Foster regional communication and coordination for community education and citizen preparedness.
- Strengthen mass casualty response, medical surge and mass prophylaxis capabilities.
- Develop and coordinate hazard mitigation programs among the member jurisdictions.
- Develop and acquire Federal, State and private grant funding opportunities on behalf of the region and make recommendations as to how the region can most efficiently and effectively utilize financial assistance made available for disaster planning, mitigation and recovery.
- Provide technical guidance and serve as a clearinghouse for homeland security issues for the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission.
- Develop a “whole of community” approach to planning and preparedness by including jurisdictions outside the HRPDC region and representation from critical entities such as the military, VOADs, non-governmental organizations and private service agencies and industry.
- Conduct Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (THIRA) on behalf of the region on a periodic basis as recommended by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through the National Preparedness System and the Commonwealth of Virginia Emergency Operations Plan (COVEOP).
The Hampton Roads All Hazards Advisory Committee utilizes the following standing subcommittees:
The Hampton Roads Interoperable Communications Subcommittee / Region V RPAC-I
This subcommittee is tasked with making policy recommendations to AHAC in regards to the implantation of interoperable communications and oversight of regional communications systems.
The Inclusive Emergency Planning Subcommittee
This subcommittee is responsible for coordinating/collaborating with multiple stakeholders for the inclusion of persons with disabilities / access and function needs into emergency planning processes.
Hampton Roads Metropolitan Medical Response System – Primary Committee
HRMMRS Strike Team Committee. The HRMMRS Strike Team Committee was established to recruit and review recommendations for new and replacement members, conduct periodic review of Strike Team operating procedures and revise as needed, identify training courses, facilitate in regional exercises, evaluate need for additional and/or replacement equipment and supplies, support the role of the Strike Team in regional agencies, organizations, exercises, and events, review and recommend funding sources for above duties.