logging in or signing up stiles Edolf Download Post to : URL : Related Presentations : Let's Connect Share Add to Flag Embed Email Send to Blogs and Networks Add to Channel Copy embed code: Embed: Flash iPad Dynamic Copy Does not support media & animations Automatically changes to Flash or non-Flash embed WordPress Embed Customize Embed URL: Copy Thumbnail: Copy The presentation is successfully added In Your Favorites. Views: 35 Category: Education License: All Rights Reserved Like it (0) Dislike it (0) Added: January 03, 2008 This Presentation is Public Favorites: 0 Presentation Description No description available. Comments Posting comment... Premium member Presentation Transcript Effective Wetlands Protection Begins with Local Government: Effective Wetlands Protection Begins with Local Government Skip Stiles Wetlands Watch www.wetlandswatch.orgSlide3: Who is Wetlands Watch? All-volunteer, non-profit organization working on the conservation and protection of wetlands in Tidewater Virginia Three modes of operation: Public Education Policy Analysis Direct Intervention in PermitsSlide4: “To the end that the people have clean air, pure water, and the use and enjoyment for recreation of adequate public land, waters, and other natural resources, it shall be the policy of the Commonwealth to conserve, develop, and utilize its natural resources, its public land, and its historical sites and buildings. Further, it shall be the Commonwealth’s policy to protect its atmosphere, lands, and waters from pollution, impairment, or destruction for the benefit, enjoyment, and general welfare of the people of the Commonwealth.” Environmental Protection – Constitutionally GuaranteedSlide5: But…..Property Rights Rule in Virginia …it is declared to be the public policy of this Commonwealth to preserve the wetlands, and to prevent their despoliation and destruction and to accommodate necessary economic development in a manner consistent with wetlands preservation Virginia Tidal Wetlands Act of 1972Slide6: Land Use Linked to Environmental Protection Once land use designation has elevated (residential, commercial, industrial), it becomes harder to “balance” environmental and economic issues in favor of conservation “accommodating necessary economic development” gains priority… especially given local government dependency on property taxesSlide7: Political/Economic Realities Limit Regulatory Flexibility By the time a permit application is filed, momentum favors issuance of the permit Pre-permit conferences have narrowed outstanding issues Political/Legal pressures drive the process toward resolution of the restSlide8: OPTIONS? Change the economic v. conservation balance in the laws/regulations Get involved in the early decisions on land use at the local levelSlide9: Land Use Decisions Are Made at the Local Government Level Comprehensive Plan Planning Commission and Board of Zoning AppealsSlide11: Effective Environmental Activism MUST Start with Land Use Decisions by Local Government Local Government and Regulators MUST provide better notice of pending actions Conservation Community MUST become better informed of these processes and participate in them Conclusions You do not have the permission to view this presentation. In order to view it, please contact the author of the presentation.