Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
Department of Environmental Quality

General Notice
Informal Public Comment Period – Round 3 Bay Act Locality Program Compliance Review Procedures Manual and related compliance review documents
Date Posted: 1/30/2024
Expiration Date: 3/15/2024
Submitted to Registrar for publication: NO
No comment forum defined for this notice.

The Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act (Bay Act) and accompanying Regulations provide for DEQ’s oversight of the 84 Tidewater localities Bay Act programs through locality program reviews. These reviews occur on a five-year cycle, if feasible, and are designed to ensure that locality programs are consistent with the Bay Act and the Regulations and that any identified deficiencies are addressed.

The Compliance Review Procedures Manual 2024 (Compliance Review Manual) provides the process for DEQ staff when conducting locality compliance reviews to ensure consistency in the review process including adequate documentation of all activities associated with that process. The Compliance Review Manual also assists localities with understanding the compliance review process.

Prior to finalizing the Compliance Review Manual, DEQ is providing an informal comment opportunity. Additional information and materials for public review and comment are available on the DEQ website at:

Informal Public Comment Period:
February 1, 2024, to March 15, 2024.

How to Comment:
Anyone wishing to submit comments on the draft manual and compliance review documents may do so by email to DEQ at All comments must be received by March 15, 2024 and include your name, organization represented (if any), mailing address and/or email address.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Justin Williams 
Address: 1111 East Main Street, Suite 1400
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, 23218
Email Address:
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