The City of Virginia Beach has worked cooperatively within the region through the Hampton Roads Planning District on stormwater management issues since 1996, when the first Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) permits were issued to localities. Working collectively with neighboring cities through HRPDC on stormwater management issues has been beneficial. The arrangement reduces duplication, allows HRPDC to provide technical assistance, promotes consistent programs across the region, and allows Hampton Roads cities to speak with a larger voice to regulators.
The first formal Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with HRPDC for regional stormwater management was executed in 2003. Subsequent MOAs were executed in 2008, 2013, and 2018. The current MOA expires in June 2023.