In the City of Suffolk the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area Overlay District includes standards that are applied to development activities within the CBPA. These standards ensure that water quality is protected by reducing nonpoint source pollution through the treatment of stormwater runoff. In addition, the preservation of existing trees and natural vegetation is a key component of protecting water quality within Suffolk’s watershed. The Chesapeake Bay Preservation Areas are made up of three separate components: Resource Protection Areas (RPAs), Resource Management Areas (RMAs) and Intensely Developed Areas (IDAs).
Intensely Developed Areas (IDAs) are in existing high density residential, commercial and industrial developments where little of the natural environment remains, and are to serve as redevelopment areas where development is already concentrated.
Resource Management Areas (RMAs) are contiguous to RPAs and if these lands are improperly developed, the potential exists to cause significant water quality degradation or to diminish the functional value of the RPA.