The Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions (VAPDC)
Winter Conference was held in conjunction with Virginia Municipal
League (VML) and Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) Local
Government Day on February 6-7, 2014, in Richmond. The theme of
this year's conference was "Meeting Virginia's Challenges through
Regional Solutions." Highlights of
the conference included
presentations from three of
Virginia's new cabinet secretaries:
Maurice Jones, Secretary of
Commerce and Trade; Molly Ward,
Secretary of Natural Resources;
and Aubrey Lane, Secretary of
Transportation. Also presenting
was Dr. Glenn DuBois, Chancellor
of Virginia Community College
At the conference awards
ceremony, the CSPDC received the
Robert M. deVoursney Best
Practices Award for its Fields of Gold agritourism program. The
award recognizes a PDC or regional organization that has initiated or
heightened an innovative approach or activity of regional
significance. This award recognizes innovation, excellence,
commitment and/or service to the advancement of regional planning
and multijurisdictional cooperation. Mr. George Pryde, CSPDC
Commissioner representing the City of Lexington and who serves on
the Fields of Gold Steering Committee, accepted the award on behalf
of the CSPDC.
The second edition of the Fields of Gold
Insider, a quarterly newsletter created
for agribusinesses participating in the
Fields of Gold agritourism program was
published during February. Filled with
information, tips and educational
opportunities, the Insider is currently
distributed to more than 200 agritourism
operators, tourism partners and
government agencies. View the Winter
2014 newsletter HERE.
The Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (CSPDC) and a committee of local government represent-atives from its 21 jurisdictions recently completed an ex- tensive update of the Central Shenandoah Valley Regional All Hazards Mitigation Plan. Having an All Hazards Mitigation Plan in place is an eligibility requirement for certain federal hazard mitigation grant funding mandated by the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000. The update has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) contingent upon adoption by the participating jurisdictions.
The All Hazards Mitigation Plan includes rankings of all natural hazards that impact the region, historical information about specific severe weather events, broad categories of mitigation strategies and a regional capabilities assessment. The Central Shenandoah Valley Plan was first approved and adopted in 2005, and the current update process began in 2010. Additions and revisions reflect additional weather events since the original plan was adopted, completed mitigation projects and applicable locality activity, as well as the results of public surveys and an overview of educational presentations throughout the Region. The Plan can be accessed HERE.
Mr. Jeffrey Moore has been appointed to the CSPDC Board of Commissioners, representing Augusta County. He replaces Mr. Dee Floyd, who served on the Commission Board for six years. Mr. Moore is a member of the Augusta County Board of Supervisors and Chairman of the Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro Metropolitan Planning Organization's Policy Board.
Mr. Rick Chandler, Rockingham County Board of Supervisors member, has been appointed to serve on the CSPDC Board of Commissioners and the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Metropolitan Planning Organization's Policy Board. Mr. Chandler replaces Mr. Dee Floyd, who served on both boards for many years.
Mr. Casey Armstrong has been appointed by the Rockingham County Board of Supervisors to serve on the CSPDC Board of Commissioners as its non-elected representative. Mr. Armstrong replaces Mr. Billy Vaughn, who served on the Commission board for nearly 20 years.
Terrance (Terry) Harrington has been hired as Director of Planning and Development for the City of Lexington. Mr. Harrington replaces Michael Zehner who left in November. Mr. Harrington previously worked for Marsh Witt, a consulting firm in Roanoke, where he served as its Director of Planning. He served as Director of Planning for Roanoke County and as a planner for the Town of Blacksburg.
The City of Buena Vista has hired Mr. Paul Stockwell as its City Planner. Mr. Stockwell, previously served as Planning and Zoning Administrator for the Town of Rocky Mount. He replaces Bob Luke who retired in December.
In Rockingham County, Mr. Casey Armstrong has been promoted to Director of Community Development. Mr. Armstrong replaces Billy Vaughn, who was promoted to Assistant County Administrator in September. Mr. Armstrong has worked for Rockingham County since 2006, and previously held the position of Environmental Manager.
Around the Region, the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission's monthly newsletter is available HERE.