Welcome to the Central Shenandoah
Planning District Commission

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.


CSPDC Turns Forty-Five

This year marks the 45th anniversary of some significant events. Forty-five years ago this year, the first men landed on the moon, the Beatles crossed Abbey Road, Hurricane Camille, a category five hurricane devastated the Gulf Coast and western Virginia, and the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (CSPDC) opened its doors. The CSPDC is one of 21 Planning District Commissions in
Virginia. Planning District Commissions are political subdivisions of the Commonwealth chartered by the General Assembly under the Regional Cooperation Act. The purpose of the CSPDC and otherPlanning District Commissions is to encourage and facilitate local government cooperation and state-local cooperation in addressing,on a regional basis, problems of greater than local significance.

For 45 years, the CSPDC has been providing planning services and technical assistance to its member jurisdictions with issues including comprehensive and land use planning, transportation, solid waste management, water and waste water utilities, affordable housing, economic and community development, natural resource management, disaster mitigation and preparedness education, and human services. We look forward to serving the communities in the Central Shenandoah Planning District for another 45 years!

To celebrate its 45th anniversary the CSPDC Board of Commissioners held a special event at the Frontier Culture Museum on August 18th at its regular board meeting. Commissioners brought along invited guests from their respective localities to hear presentations and learn about the accomplishments of the CSPDC.

Fields of Gold Program Awared USDA Grant

The Fields of Gold program recently received a significant boost in promotional and technical support with the award of a $93,674 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant to the Fields of Gold Agritourism Program. Authorized through the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill), over $52 million in funding was distributed nationwide through five USDA grant programs. The Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission will administer the Farmers Market Promotion Program grant on behalf of the Fields of Gold program. Funds will be used to boost rural economic activities by increasing marketing and promotions of the Fields of Gold Farm Trail.

Congressman Bob Goodlatte, 6th District Virginia commented on the award: “Agriculture is at the core of our region’s economy, and the Shenandoah Valley Fields of Gold Agritourism Program is doing innovative, collaborative work to benefit this important industry. I look forward to the job creation, small business development, and increased agritourism that this grant will help to generate across the CSPDC.”

Visit www.fieldsofgold.org for more information about the program and its members.

CSPDC Begins Transit Development Plan

The development of a Transit Development Plan (TDP) for CSPDC-administered transit services is underway and will be completed in approximately eight months. A TDP is a six year service and funding plan for transit and is a requirement of the Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT)
for all transit agencies and recipients of state transit grant funds. DRPT is funding the development of the TDP and has selected the KFH Group as the consultant to complete the planning effort. The KFH Group previously completed the TDP for the Harrisonburg- Rockingham Metropolitan Planning Organization. In addition to a full evaluation of the current transit routes and service levels, the TDP will include analysis and recommendations regarding the cost of CSPDC bus ownership versus contractor provided buses; a comprehensive inventory and safety and location assessment of bus stops and bus shelters; and the coordination of a branding/identity exercise for the transit system.

When completed, the planning document will require adoption by the Commission and will be regarded by DRPT as the basis for future grant funding requests.

Around the Region CSPDC Newsletter, October 2014

Around the Region, the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission's monthly newsletter is available HERE.

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Staunton, VA 24401
phone: 540-885-5174
fax: 540-885-2687

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