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PUBLIC COMMENT, INQUIRY AND PARTICIPATION

The Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Housing and Community Development Releases Draft Substantial Amendment #1 to CDBG-NDR Action Plan for Public Input

The Commonwealth of Virginia, through the Department of Housing and Community Development, has prepared a DRAFT SUBSTANTIAL AMENDMENT #1 for the National Disaster Resilience Grant –CDBG-NDR.  You may click here to view the Draft Substantial Amendment #1. The DRAFT Substantial Amendment #1 will be available for a 15-day public review comment period from May 27, 2019 through June 11, 2019.

Copies of the DRAFT Substantial Amendment will be available for public review at the following places:

  • Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Housing and Community Development, 600 East Main Street, Suite 300, Richmond, VA 23219
  • City of Norfolk’s Office of Resilience, 501 Boush Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

A hearing to obtain citizen comments on the DRAFT Substantial Amendment #1will be held on Friday, June 7, 2019 at 10:00 AM, 600 East Main Street, 12th Floor South Conference Room, Richmond, VA 23219. Interested parties are also invited to submit written comments.  The deadline for comments is by 11:59 p.m., June 11, 2019. Please mail or deliver comments to the Attention of Traci Munyan Resiliency Program Manager at the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Housing and Community Development, 600 East Main Street, Suite 300, Richmond, VA 23219, or submit them via email to resiliencyva@dhcd.virginia.gov

Any comments received will be incorporated in the Substantial Amendment #1.

Please contact the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Housing and Community Development at 804-371-7000 or Traci Munyan Resiliency Program Manager at 804-371-7059 for additional information. 

Commonwealth of Virginia

Norfolk

Since the signing of the sub-recipient agreement with the commonwealth in March 2017, Norfolk has held a number of public meetings and design charrettes to provide an update on the project and collect input from residents and other stakeholders. The meetings were held on the following dates:

  • 5/10/2017
  • 5/11/2017
  • 6/6/2017
  • 6/7/2017
  • 6/29/2017
  • 8/26/2017
  • 8/28/2017
  • 9/21/2017

 

October-December 2017

Over the past quarter. Norfolk's public outreach included the following:

  • In October, the Norfolk team continued to meet with various stakeholders, including the project area school, city leadership, city departments, planning commission, residents and other stakeholders to update them on the final conceptual design and the overall project.
  • In November, the Norfolk team held six community design workshops with various project area stakeholders including project areas residents, nonprofit stakeholders, students, parents and staff from a project area’s school, five different city departments and Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority staff. Through interactive and hands-on “Picture Your Park” and “Program Your Park” individual and group activities, the various stakeholder groups expressed their vision for the for the design of the Resilience Park. The purpose of the workshop was to discover how the neighbors and stakeholders use the open space today and how they would like to use this reimagined Resilience Park in the future.
  • As part of community engagement, the Norfolk team also delivered additional three project update presentations to various Norfolk organizations located outside of the project area, including the Downtown Norfolk Council, Kiwanis Club of Norfolk and the Economic Development Authority.
  • In November and December, the Norfolk team also conducted door-to-door outreach around easements and acquisitions with potentially affected property owners. So far, Norfolk has met separately with 17 property owners around easements and acquisitions.

 

January-March 2018

Over the past quarter, Norfolk's public outreach included the following:

  • In January the Norfolk team presented updated conceptual designs of the project’s community amenities, including the Resilience Park, based on previous feedback the community provided.
  • In February, the Norfolk team held the public meeting required by the National Environmental Policy Act to allow for public comment on the potential environmental impacts of the various project components. The public comment period closed on March 16, 2018.
  • As part of community engagement, the Norfolk team also delivered additional project update presentations to various organizations, including the Elizabeth River Project, Grandy Village Learning Center staff, Freemason Civic League, LEAD Hampton Roads and a symposium held by the College of William Mary.
  • In late March, the Norfolk team distributed another community newsletter with updates on the project and the environmental review process.
  • The Norfolk team is also continuing to engage property owners with potential impacts from project elements that would require easements or acquisitions of their property.

April-June 2018

Over the past quarter, Norfolk's public outreach included the following:

  • In April, the Norfolk team met with business leaders to discuss economic activity opportunities, regional real estate partners and Norfolk Master Gardeners.
  • The Norfolk team also presented and worked with neighboring cities for resilience planning, zoning and infrastructure with a focus on the Ohio Creek Watershed Project and the new resilient zoning code.
  • In May, the Norfolk team met with business leaders to discuss economic activity opportunities.
  • In June, the Norfolk team and design team held a working meeting with residents and the Recreation, Parks and Open Space (RPOS) Department to discuss plantings and materials for the park design and other amenities for the project.

July-September 2018

  • Over the past quarter, Norfolk's public outreach included the following:
  • The city gave a project update presentation to the Norfolk Environmental Commission in July.
  • The city also gave project update presentations to Norfolk State University, USACE and 100RC in August.
  • In September, the city and MEB hosted a Section 3 opportunity fair at Grandy Village Learning Center. This event brought together both job seekers and sub-contractors to learn more about the project and potential opportunities for jobs and sub-contracts. The city also mailed the quarterly newsletter to residents in September.

October-December 2018

Over the past quarter, Norfolk's public outreach included the following:

  • The CMAR team and the city held another Section 3 mixer at the Grandy Village Learning Center in October. Attendance was good with an even mix of job seekers and members of the business community interested in supporting the project.
  • The city met with Norfolk State University in October to discuss their master plan and economic development opportunities around the campus, which is adjacent to the project.
  • The city staff also presented project information to members of Norfolk City Council as part of their Ward Tour.

January-March 2019

Over the past quarter, Norfolk's public outreach included the following:

  • In January the Norfolk Team presented the final design of the project to the community at the Chesterfield Academy School, Grandy Village Learning Center, Chesterfield Heights Civic League, and to City Departmental staff. Also in January the project team presented elements of the project to the City's Architecture Review Board and Planning Commission for approvals.
  • In February the Norfolk Team presented to the City Council the final design of the project and provided an update on the timeline construction. Also in February the Norfolk Team attended the Chesterfield Heights Civic League meeting to update them on utility work in the project area. In February the Ohio Creek Project's Final Environmental Impact Statement and related permit applications were was available for public comment.
  • In March the Record of Decision, Notice of Intent, and the Request for Release of Funds were published ROD/NOI/RROF published on 3/14/19, public notice period. The Norfolk Team is also continuing to engage property owners with potential impacts from project elements that would require easements or acquisitions of their property.

April-June 2019

Over the past quarter, Norfolk's public outreach included the following:

  • City staff attended the Chesterfield Heights Civic League meeting in May to give them an update on the project schedule and traffic plans.
  • The Norfolk Team is also continuing to engage property owners with potential impacts from project elements that would require easements or acquisitions of their property.

RISE

July-September 2018

RISE conducted extensive public outreach to recruit applicants for the Coastal Community Resilience Challenge. The application period ended on Sept. 30, 2018. Ninety-one teams started their online submission, with RISE receiving 49 finalized applications. As part of the recruitment process, RISE held several information sessions and online workshops. The video materials can be accessed at https://riseresilience.org/workshop-videos/.

October-December 2018

RISE is announced seven finalists of the Coastal Community Resilience Challenge. The challenge sought innovative solutions around major resilience issues that can be demonstrated in the Hampton Roads region of Southeastern Virginia, can be built into sustainable businesses and are scalable to other communities. Challenge judges selected the seven finalists from a very competitive pool of 51 innovative solutions around five challenge topics: water management, data analytics, buildings protection, critical systems functionality and disconnected communities. RISE partnered with MIT Solve to attract submissions and judges from around the world. The finalists will be invited to pitch to the RISE Resilience Innovation Fund, offering more than $1 million in funding. The fund recipients who will build their businesses and workforce around innovative solutions to coastal resilient challenges will be announced in spring 2019.

January-March 2019

RISE activities were highlighted by several news outlets:

April-June 2019

RISE announced six business winners of the first-ever RISE Coastal Community Resilience Challenge. The winners will each receive between $160,000 and $310,000 to develop innovative products, services, and workforce development programs to help coastal communities adapt to climate change. These approaches will be demonstrated in the Hampton Roads region with the goal of building economically viable businesses and solutions that are scalable to other communities.