Public Comments for: HB520 - Climate resilience; locality's comprehensive plan to consider strategies to address.
Last Name: Ford Organization: Chesapeake Bay foundation Locality: Belle Haven

Support

Last Name: Leyen Organization: Virginia League of Conservation Voters Locality: Richmond

The Virginia League of Conservation Voters supports HB520 and HB1346. Reasons to SUPPORT HB 520: - HB520 encourages localities to adopt resilience strategies within their comprehensive plans including strategies to anticipate, prepare for, respond to, and adapt to changing conditions and hazardous events. - Although current provisions in the Virginia Code currently require some Tidewater localities to include guidance from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science to foster the sustainability of shoreline resources; and for Hampton Roads Planning District Commission localities to incorporate strategies to combat sea level rise and recurrent flooding, all localities within Virginia are being impacted by stronger storms and subsequent flood events. - HB 520 is one of a suite of bills proposed by the Chesapeake Bay Commission intended to integrate statewide flooding and resilience planning and implementation across the Commonwealth in a comprehensive manner. Reasons to SUPPORT HB 1346: 50,000 acres of forest and non-urban tree canopy are converted to other land uses per year in Virginia due to timber harvest, urbanization, agricultural expansion, and other drivers. These bills are the result of the months’ long stakeholder advisory group representing local government, home builders, commercial builders, agriculture, conservation members and Department of Forestry. The legislation prioritizes on-site tree preservation and replanting but affords some opportunities to meet canopy requirements in nearby under-resourced communities—including formerly redlined neighborhoods—to help offset urban heat islands. The bills also allow larger tree canopies to be required when development occurs in areas with existing enhanced tree canopies or when a locality agrees to a somewhat reduced local parking lot, setbacks, and similar requirements.

Last Name: Steinhilber Organization: Environmental Defense Fund Locality: Virginia Beach

Environmental Defense Fund strongly supports both HB 520 and HB 364. HB 520 encourages localities to adopt resilience strategies within their comprehensive plans including strategies to anticipate, prepare for, respond to, and adapt to changing conditions and hazardous events. Although current provisions in the Virginia Code currently require some Tidewater localities to include guidance from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science to foster the sustainability of shoreline resources; and for Hampton Roads Planning District Commission localities to incorporate strategies to combat sea level rise and recurrent flooding, all localities within Virginia are being impacted by stronger storms and subsequent flood events. Therefore, HB520 proposes that all localities should include resilience strategies in their comprehensive plans. Similarly, Environmental Defense Fund supports HB 364, which adds climate resilience as a subject to be included in regional plans created by planning district commissions. Assessing climate vulnerabilities and opportunities for resilience as a key initial step to developing long-term adaptation strategies that will allow Virginian communities and businesses to thrive in the midst of climate impacts.

Last Name: Patwardhan Locality: Fairfax County

I support HB 364, 520, and 1276 and would like to add that LAND USE must be part of our conception of "climate resiliency". Transportation and poor land use account for a lot of climate change, and no serious climate plan can skip over addressing car dependence, sprawl, car culture, lawn culture, and single-use zoning. All this applies to our conception of a "healthy community" too. When more people walk, bike, and take transit to get around, we get healthier communities. Car culture is terrible for public health. I support HB 1346 and would like to add that there needs to be significant emphasis on NATIVE trees and efforts to root out non-native trees, many of which are actively invasive and ecologically harmful. I SUPPORT HB 548.

Last Name: Calvert Organization: Virginia Conservation Network Locality: Richmond

Comments Document

Virginia Conservation Network fully SUPPORTS HB520. Comments attached.

Last Name: Brosnan Locality: Falls Church

I am in support of these bills.

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