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Regulatory Updates

This section of the website is intended to provide information for the public regarding DCR's and its board's regulatory actions and related policy initiatives and studies. Use these pages to track progress made by regulatory advisory panels, which are developing regulations, and to download associated supporting documents. Several current regulatory actions include the following:

Resource Management Plans Regulation: Resource Management Plans Regulation: The Resource Management Plans regulation was initially adopted by the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board with an effective date of Dec. 6, 2013, as published in 29:18 VA.R. 2198-2207 on May 6, 2013. On Nov. 21, 2013, the board suspended the effective date, and notice of the suspension was published in 30:7 VA.R. 814-815 on Dec. 2, 2013. At its meeting on April 4, 2014, the board rescinded the suspension of these regulations and re-adopted the final regulation (4VAC50-70) without amendment (see 30:18 VA.R. 2313 on May 5, 2014). The board established a new effective date of July 1, 2014.
For more information about resource management plans, the work of a regulatory advisory panel (RAP) established by DCR, and the development of the regulations please click here. More information about the implementation of this program is posted here.

If you have any questions about Department and board regulatory actions, please contact David Dowling, DCR Policy, and Planning Director, at

You'll find more information on DCR’s regulatory actions on the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall’s website. There you’ll find the agency's and associated boards’ regulatory content, such as Notices of Intended Regulatory Action, proposed and final regulations, background information and schedules for public meetings and hearings. Click here to sign up to receive notices (select preferences at the bottom of the form).

Questions about these actions may be sent to the regulatory coordinator at:

To learn more about laws and code governing DCR, follow this link to the Division of Legislative Service's site.

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