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Coastal Zone Management Program

FY 2008 Technical Assistance Projects

Program Element: Local Government Coordination and Training Program

Description: Quarterly meetings and training workshops (at a minimum) will be held with Planning Directors and/or key local government development review staff. Quarterly meetings will be designed to:

  • provide information to localities about state/federal initiatives,
  • solicit input from localities on state/federal initiatives, and
  • encourage the exchange of information between localities.

Workshop topics may include, but not be limited to:

  • helping local governments interpret and apply silviculture and agricultural land regulations to resolve issues with local zoning,
  • DEQ and USACE staff training on wetland permitting issues and regulations for local government development review staff
  • implementing review of local development ordinances for Phase III Chesapeake Bay regulations to achieve more streamlined and consistent requirements and procedures throughout the GW region
  • using the GWRC Data Browser with ArcGIS Explorer and implementation of state planning tools and data (such as the VCLNA) into local planning and policies

Program Element: Regional Land Development Ordinance Review Program for Chesapeake Bay Regulatory Compliance

Description: GWRC staff will coordinate with regional group of local government environmental planning and development review staff, meeting on a bi-monthly basis, to develop regional recommendations for streamlined and regionally-consistent (to the maximum extent practicable ) revisions to local ordinances which are consistent with Chesapeake Bay Phase III guidelines. Where local circumstances make incorporation of Phase III guidelines difficult, GWRC staff will work with DCR Division of Chesapeake Bay Local Assistance and local government(s) to try to define local options and regional preferences for achieving compliance with the Phase III requirements, should review by the DCR Division of Chesapeake Bay Local Assistance determine local ordinances to be non-compliant.

Program Element: Promotion of the Virginia Green Program in the George Washington Region

Description: GWRC staff (and interns) will collaborate with the DEQ Office of Pollution Prevention, local tourism program organizers, economic development entities and chambers of commerce, area businesses, interested non-profit organizations in the Region to help educate the community on and promote local business participation in DEQ’s Virginia Green program and to advance the Region’s visibility as a “green” vacation destination and reduce Regional eco- and carbon footprints.

Program Element: Feasibility Study on Regional Participation in the Children & Nature Network Program

Description: GWRC staff (and interns) will collaborate with the Virginia DGIF Children in Nature Initiative, Virginia Office of Environmental Education (DEQ), Virginia Naturally, Fredericksburg Office on Youth, the Friends of the Rappahannock, other regional environmental advocacy groups, public & private school environmental science educators, community pediatric mental health leaders, local boy/girl scout troops, and other youth organizations to explore the feasibility of implementing a children and nature movement within the Region which will try to expand on the environmental education work performed by the Friends of the Rappahannock on the Rappahannock River and extend this experience to other natural habitat areas in the Region.

FY 2008 CZM Focal Area Project

Program Element: GW Region State Natural Resource Data Evaluation

Description: This report will be jointly developed by GWRC and local government planning and GIS staffs and describe the existing comprehensive plans’ use (or lack thereof) of VCLNA and other State natural resource agency data, identify technical reasons for lack of use, if any, and critique the data and their potential for use as baseline data in the development of a regional conservation corridor plan.

Program Element: Draft Regional Conservation Corridor Map

Description: GWRC will work with local governments & appropriate state natural resource agencies to produce an initial draft regional conservation corridor plan (with local plan components). GWRC staff will work with the five local government planning staff to review state datasets and offer revisions and additions to the identified corridors to fit the character of each community and existing land use and land cover. Data gaps will be identified. The updated and revised Virginia Conservation Land Needs Assessment (VCLNA) and the Virginia Coastal Geospatial and Educational Mapping System (Coastal GEMS) will be used as a base, with local knowledge being used to modify or expand the areas highlighted. Where state-level GIS data resources are too coarse for local and regional application, staff will work with state agency GIS staffs to explore possible local customization to produce more suitable data for corridor identification. Moreover, comparisons with adjoining PDC initiatives in the Coastal Zone would be performed to look for congruence across the Coastal Zone.

Program Element: CommunityViz Demonstration Projects in Town of Port Royal (Caroline Co) & King George County

Description: GWRC staff will work with the Town of Port Royal & King George County to apply CommunityViz, a GIS-based 3-D visualization and decision-support tool, to prepare the localities for comprehensive plan updates and the consideration of a blue-green infrastructure plan element based on regional conservation corridor and blue-green infrastructure protection scenarios. The models will be presented to local planning directors, local Planning Commissions and the GWRC Board.

Program Element: Chesapeake Bay NEMO Program Support for Local Visioning and Educational Sessions

Description: Work with CBNEMO staff & consultants to develop a work session/public meeting presentation for local planners and local planning commissions on the use of CommunityViz models and the wireless audience response equipment to promote conservation corridor planning approaches and blue-green infrastructure protection tools (i.e. smart growth), and the community and regional benefits derived from integration of these approaches into local comprehensive plans.

FY 2007 Technical Assistance Project

Public Visualization Tools For Viewing Coastal Zone Resources & Regional Growth Patterns in a Rapidly Developing Area

Project Summary:
Through this CZM-supported project, GWRC staff compiled a collection of geographic information system (GIS) data layers and provided documentation for the general public to assist their use of free Internet-based map browsing software (i.e. ArcGIS Explorer) to view a variety of spatially-referenced information from local governments on a backdrop of relatively current aerial photography. With this ability, it is hoped that local citizens will have a better understanding of patterns of local and regional development and recognize valuable historic and cultural resources and natural habitats and eco-systems which may be disrupted by continuing regional development trends. Local government staff in the region selected a ½ mile buffer area on either side of the Rappahannock River, extending from the western edge to the eastern edge of the region, for the development of an animated movie to portray a regionally-significant natural eco-system impacted by regional growth and development. Significant staff effort went into testing and troubleshooting various visualization tools and documentation is provided through this report on operational problems and alternative procedures to achieve successful results with each visualization process.

Through the process of working with those local governments which have GIS capabilities, GWRC staff identified regional inconsistencies in the collection of spatial data which will be addressed through on-going coordination meetings with local government planning and GIS personnel. For those jurisdictions without this capability (i.e. Caroline Co and City of Fredericksburg), GWRC staff tried to develop or supply public domain GIS data for these areas.

In order to expedite public access to the data files collected through and for this project, a file transfer (FTP) was developed and can be found on the Internet at: http://www.gwrcftp.org/. Project data files are cataloged under: http://www.gwrcftp.org/Regional_Planning/GIS/ and files are organized by locality (as shown below), while composite files covering the entire region are stored in the “Regional” folder.

Political/Administrative

US Congressional Districts

  • GW Region Composite

Virginia Senate District

  • GW Region Composite

Virginia House District

  • GW Region Composite

U.S. Military Installations

  • GW Region Composite
  • Caroline County
  • King George County
  • Stafford County
  • City of Fredericksuburg

Federal-owned land (Parks)

  • GW Region Composite
  • King George County
  • Stafford County

State-owned park land

  • King George County
  • Stafford County

City & County Political Borders
in PD 16

  • GW Region Composite
  • Caroline County
  • King George County
  • Spotsylvania County
  • Stafford County
  • City of Fredericksuburg

Local Supervisor Districts & City Council Wards

  • GW Region Composite
  • Caroline County
  • King George County
  • Spotsylvania County
  • Stafford County
  • City of Fredericksuburg

Transportation System

Streets & Highways
(Road Centerlines)

  • GW Region Composite
  • Caroline County
  • King George County
  • Spotsylvania County
  • Stafford County
  • City of Fredericksuburg

Development & Land Use Layers

Building Footprints (2006-2008)

  • GW Region Composite
  • Caroline County
  • King George County
  • Spotsylvania County
  • Stafford County
  • City of Fredericksuburg

Residential Subdivisions

  • Spotsylvania County
  • Stafford County

Environmental Layers

Ches. Bay Resource Protection Areas (RPA)

  • GW Region Composite
  • Caroline County
  • King George County
  • Spotsylvania County
  • Stafford County
  • City of Fredericksuburg

NWI wetlands

  • GW Region Composite
  • Caroline County
  • King George County
  • Spotsylvania County
  • Stafford County
  • City of Fredericksuburg

Hydropoly/Watershed Layer

  • Spotsylvania County
  • Stafford County

NCSC Soils maps

  • Spotsylvania County
  • Stafford County

Land Use and Zoning Controls

Existing Land Use Patterns

  • Stafford County

Future Land Use Patterns

  • Stafford County

Local Zoning Districts

  • King George County
  • Spotsylvania County
  • Stafford County
  • City of Fredericksburg

Conservation & Riparian Buffer Easements

  • Stafford County

For some of these data layers, local data are currently being developed and will be added to the regional GIS data collection available to the public. Future updates (to replace the N/A gaps in the above table) will be made available on-line through this web page.

The movie animation developed for this project is based on a collection of high-resolution aerial photographs from the Virginia Base Mapping Program taken during the winter of 2006 and 2007. The resulting animation is a large file of approximately 1.2 Gb in size. Those interested in viewing this file can download it using the following direct download hyperlink: http://www.gwrcftp.org/Regional_Planning/Coastal_Zone/czmmovie5.avi (Note: due to the large file size, a high-speed broadband connection is recommended in order to complete the download).

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