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Chesapeake Bay Act

The Virginia General Assembly enacted the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act in 1988. The Act is a critical element of Virginia's multifaceted response to the Chesapeake Bay Agreement. The Bay Act established a cooperative relationship between the Commonwealth and local governments and is aimed at reducing and preventing nonpoint source pollution. The Bay Act, like many other environmental protection programs, is an extension of the public trust doctrine. The beds of Virginia's streams, rivers and estuaries and the waters above them are held and managed by the Commonwealth for the benefit of all Virginians.

Northampton County has adopted zoning overlay district known as the Chesapeake/Atlantic Preservation District (CAP) to incorporate into county zoning water quality protection measures consistent with the state's Bay Act Regulations. Because of Northampton's proximity to the fragile Atlantic Ocean marine marshlands, Bay Act protection regulations have been extended to the County's seaside area as well. The Regulations address non-point source pollution by identifying and protecting certain lands called Chesapeake/Atlantic Preservation Areas.

The lands that make up Chesapeake/Atlantic Preservation Areas are those that have the potential to impact water quality most directly. Generally, there are two types of land features: those that protect and benefit water quality directly (Resource Protection Areas, or RPAs) and those that, without proper management, have the potential to damage water quality (Resource Management Areas, or RMAs). By carefully managing land uses within these areas, Northampton County can help reduce the water quality impacts of nonpoint source pollution and improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay and Seaside marshes.


Wetlands Board

The Northampton County Wetlands Board meets on the third Wednesday of each month to administer the Northampton County Wetlands and Coastal Primary Sand Dune Ordinances adopted to preserve and prevent the despoilation and destruction of wetlands and coastal pimrary sand dunes and beaches within the County. These meetings are opened to the public during which the Board conducts public hearings in accordance with Virginia Code requirements. The Board also conducts site evaluations for all applica-tions prior to the public meetings. Board members are appointed by the Northampton County Board of Supervisors.


Links:

Link to Virginia Institute of Marine Science


The Virginia Marine Resources Commission



Board Members

Marshall Cox, Sr.
6428 Rocky Lane
Cape Charles, VA 23310
Term expires 6/30/2019

William A. Prosise
25425 Lankford Highway
Cape Charles, VA 23310
Term expires 6/30/2021

Bowdoin Lusk
P.O. Box 8
Cheriton, VA 23316
Term expires 6/30/2020

David Boyd
22146 Verlinda Landing
Cape Charles, VA 23310
Term expires 6/30/2018

Bob Meyers
7516 Prettyman Circle
Exmore, VA 23350
Term expires 6/30/2021

Thomas A. Fox
12362 Wilsonia Harbor Way
Machipongo, VA 23405
Term expires 6/30/2019


(updated 10/12/16)

Northampton County Wetlands Board Public Hearings

Meeting Minutes

2016 Meeting Date
Time
Minutes
May 18, 2016
10:00 a.m.
2015 Meeting Date
Time
Minutes
January 21, 2015
10:30 a.m.
March 18, 2015
10:30 a.m.
May 20, 2015
10:30 a.m.
July 15, 2015
10:30 a.m.
Aug. 19, 2015
10:00 a.m.
2014 Meeting Date
Time
Minutes
March 19, 2014
10:00 a.m.
May 21, 2014
10:00 a.m.
Aug 20, 2014
10:00 a.m.
Oct 15, 2014
10:00 a.m.
2013 Meeting Date
Time
Minutes
Dec. 18, 2013
10:00 a.m.
Nov. 20, 2013
10:00 a.m.
Oct. 16, 2013
10:00 a.m.
Aug. 21, 2013
10:00 a.m.
July 17, 2013
10:00 a.m.
June19, 2013
10:00 a.m.
May 15, 2013
10:00 a.m.
March 20, 2013
10:00 a.m.
Feb. 20, 2013
1:00 a.m.
Jan. 16, 2013
10:00 a.m.
2012 Meeting Date
Time
Minutes
Jan. 18, 2012
10:00 a.m.
March 21, 2012
10:00 a.m.
April 18, 2012
9:30 a.m.
May 16, 2012
9:30 a.m.
June 20, 2012
11:30 a.m.
July 18, 2012
10:00 a.m.
Sept. 19, 2012
10:00 a.m.
Nov. 21, 2012
10:00 a.m.
Dec. 19, 2012
10:00 a.m.
2011 Meeting Date
Time
Minutes
Jan. 19, 2011
10:30 a.m.
Feb. 16, 2011
1:00 p.m.
April 20, 2011
1:00 p.m.
Aug. 17, 2011
1:00 p.m.
Sep. 21, 2011
1:00 p.m.
Oct. 19, 2011
1:00 p.m.
Nov. 16, 2011
1:00 p.m.

 

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