The Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (CSPDC) represents and serves the local governments of Augusta, Bath, Highland, Rockbridge, and Rockingham counties and the cities of Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton and Waynesboro as well as the 11 towns within the Central Shenandoah region.
The CSPDC works with its member jurisdictions, communities and agencies to provide high quality planning, technical assistance and facilitation of services that address local, regional and state needs in an innovative, timely and cooperative manner. Covering everything from land use planning, transportation, water and waste water utilities, natural resource management, affordable housing, economic and community development, disaster mitigation and preparedness, agritourism to human services, the CSPDC is an invaluable asset to the quality of life in the Shenandoah Valley. For more information about the CSPDC, click here.
A public meeting will be held on September 22, 2016, at the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission Office and on September 28, 2016, at the Rockingham County Administration Center to solicit public input on the proposed Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) proposal to be submitted to the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development for Fields of Gold Tour de Farm. The Fields of Gold Tour de Farm proposal will include the following activities: 1) development of bicycle-to-farm tourism routes linking agritourism destinations in the Shenandoah Valley; 2) business support services and technical assistance for agritourism businesses to market their businesses to the bicycling community; and 3) marketing, promotion and advertising of the bicycle-to-farm events and programs.
The draft CDBG proposal will be presented for comment along with information on projected beneficiaries who will benefit from the proposed project. Citizens will also be given the opportunity to comment on Rockingham County’s past use of CDBG funds.
Please click here to review the CDBG Public Notices and here to review the Tour de Farm Fact Sheet.
The Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (CSPDC) is seeking proposals from qualified firms interested in being included on an on-call list for the CSPDC's On-Call Consultant Program. Proposals will be accepted until September 28, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. Please click HERE for additional information pertaining to this RFP. The CSPDC has received comments related to this RFP and is providing an FAQ Document to share these questions and answers to any interested parties.
The CSPDC will join the Virginia
Department of Rail and Public
Transportation (DRPT) and
transportation partners from
across the Commonwealth in
celebrating the eighth statewide
Try Transit Week from
2016. This is
a great time for people to
explore new alternatives to their
commute and how to get around
while saving time, money, and
On Wednesday, September 21st, in celebration of Try Transit Week,
the CSPDC will again offer free rides on all local BRITE transit routes
including the Staunton Trolleys, the 250 Connector, the Waynesboro
Circulator, the Blue Ridge Community College Shuttle, and the
Stuarts Draft Link.
The Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) and the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission will hold a workshop for regional stakeholders of the Virginia Outdoor Plan, Sep. 30, 2016 10am-noon at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington,VA. Participants will learn what is needed to build a regional outdoor recreation program and receive updates on the VOP Mapper and Virginia Treasures initiative. The event is geared for Local parks and recreation directors & staff, outdoor recreation-focused organizations, local and regional planners or representatives, land conservation representatives, private sector outdoor recreation representatives, and regional representatives for agencies that support outdoor recreation and conservation. View the agenda here and register for the event here.
A “Bicycling in the Central Shenandoah Valley” Economic Impact Analysis (EIA) was conducted by the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (CSPDC) in conjunction with regional partners from Shenandoah County Tourism, Bryce Resort, Greater Augusta Regional Tourism, Harrisonburg Tourism, Rockingham County, Lexington & the Rockbridge Area Tourism, Massanutten Resort, and the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition. The study looked at the current direct, indirect, and induced economic impacts of cycling within the region’s four counties and five cities, and estimated the impact of bicycle tourism on the local retail, lodging, and restaurant businesses. Total economic impact of $13.6 million that supported 184 jobs was reported for 2015. The entire report can be viewed here.
The Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (CSPDC), in cooperation with Virginia Regional Transit, has made revisions and schedule improvements impacting several routes in the BRITE Bus public transit system. The Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) North and South Shuttles, the Waynesboro Circulator route, and the 340 Connector route implemented these improvements in August to increase reliability, add more stops at key destinations, and allow for easier connections between routes. The changes were first recommended in the CSPDC’s Transit Development Plan (TDP), and are being incorporated after public feedback has indicated positive response. Schedules for the new route changes are available at www. britebus.org.
The CSPDC Around the Region newsletter for September 2016 is available here.
A Year In Review FY 2016 is available here.