VACo supported HB 1774 (Hodges), which passed the House on a 97-0 vote. As amended, HB 1774 authorizes a cooperative study facilitated by the Virginia Coastal Policy Center at William and Mary Law School. Under the bill, a work group will be convened by the Commonwealth Center for Recurrent Flooding Resiliency. Also included are representatives from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Old Dominion University, VDOT, DEQ, the Chesapeake Bay Commission, local governments, representatives from environmental groups and a few other stakeholders.
Very significantly, the substitute bill also delays from July 1, 2017 to July 1, 2018 the effective date of the comprehensive stormwater legislation that the General Assembly passed in 2016 (or 30 days after the implementing regulations are approved by the State Water Control Board, whichever is later).
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VACo Contact: Larry Land, CAE