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Working Waterfronts plan presented to MPPDC

A plan designed to help Virginia’s communities protect, restore and enhance their historic water-dependent commercial activities was a topic of discussion at a recent meeting of the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission.

The draft Working Waterfronts State Master Plan, which included input received from the Middle Peninsula, Northern Neck, Eastern Shore and Hampton Roads planning districts, was presented on July 27 at the MPPDC’s monthly meeting in Saluda.

The plan includes recommendations for local, state and federal government, according to MPPDC executive director Lewis Lawrence.

At the local level, he said, coastal localities are advised to adopt a working waterfront policy as part of their comprehensive plans or as an independent policy. Localities also can extend local zoning provisions to cover land and water uses to avoid future conflicting water uses. Localities are also encouraged to invest in the development of select working waterfronts, the draft pla...

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