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.

Community Emergency Response Training Underway

The cities of Staunton and Waynesboro and Augusta County in partnership with Blue Ridge Community College will be offering Community Emergency Response Training (CERT). The course will be held on Thursday evenings, September 18 - November 13, from 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Plecker Center on the campus of Blue Ridge Community College.

This nine-week course uses a standard curriculum designed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and teaches basic skills in disaster preparedness, fire safety, first aid, terrorism awareness, disaster psychology, and search & rescue. The CERT course is designed to give the average person tools to prepare themselves and their family during severe weather or other emergencies when emergency personnel are overwhelmed and may not be able to respond immediately. The course is open to anyone who either lives or works in Staunton, Waynesboro, or Augusta County. The course is free and all materials are provided. Registration is required. To register, contact Blue Ridge Community College Continuing Education at 540-453-2215. Website: www.brcc.edu/continuinged.

3rd Annual Harrisonburg & Rockingham Bike-Walk Summit Planned

The Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) and the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Metropolitan Planning Organization (HRMPO), in partnership with the City of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County will conduct the 2014 Harrisonburg & Rockingham Bike-Walk Summit from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm on October 10, 2014, on the James Madison University (JMU) campus. Each year the Bike-Walk Summit brings together a broad range of partners who are working to make Harrisonburg and Rockingham County a great biking and walking community to live in and visit. This year the summit will focus on bicycle tourism and feature a keynote address from Ginny Sullivan, Director of Travel Initiatives for the Adventure Cycling Association.

The JMU Bike and Pedestrian Committee and the Office of Community Service-Learning are event co-hosts.

The summit will begin with a social breakfast for attendees, and include a networking lunch. In addition to the keynote address on "The Benefits of Bicycling and Walking Tourism" from Ms. Sullivan there will be a welcome address from JMU President Jon Alger. A Year in Review presentation will showcase the many accomplishments related to bicycling and walking in the region in the past year. Throughout the day there will be interactive sessions with attendees that focus on assessing the bicycling and walking culture of the region, generating ideas for the community based on what we learn about bicycle and walking tourism, and developing priorities, setting goals, and planning to accomplish those goals. A summit social will follow at Ruby’s Lounge (Clementine Café Basement).

Please contact Kevin McDermott at kevin@cspdc.org, or 540-885-5174 for additional information on the event.

Fields of Gold Members Chosen for Bon Appetit Appalachia

Fifteen members of the Fields of Gold Agritourism program were recently selected by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) as participants in Bon Appétit Appalachia tourism mapguide. The program showcases 283 of the Appalachian Region's most distinctive food destinations and has been available as an insert in the summer 2014 issue of Food Traveler Magazine. Businesses featured include local farms, farmers markets,farm-to-table restaurants, wineries, craft breweries, and other culinary destinations. Fields of Gold members chosen include:

1. Wades Mill, Raphine
2. Rockbridge Vineyard, Raphine
3. Lexington Valley Vineyard, Rockbridge County
4. Devils Backbone Outpost, Rockbridge County
5. The Red Hen, Lexington
6. Farm to You Grocery, Lexington
7. Virginia Trout Company, Monterey
8. Highland County Maple Festival, Highland County
9. Highland Farmers Market, Monterey
10. Southern Inn Restaurant, Lexington
11. Virginia Mountain Vineyards Fincastle
12. Botetourt Famers Market, Daleville
13. Flying Mouse Brewery, Troutville
14. Ikenberry Orchards, Daleville
15. Jeter Farm, Botetourt County

Bon Appétit Appalachia builds on ARC's efforts to promote Appalachia's local-food economy and support its growing food systems sector. The ARC region covers a 13-state area from New York to Mississippi. Locally, the ARC communities include thecounties of Bath, Highland, Rockbridge, and the cities of Buena Vistaand Lexington. Visit www.visitappalachia.com/bonappetitappalachia/ for more information.

Virginia Outdoors Plan Released

Virginia's official guide for the planning of public outdoor recreation and land conservation has been revised and is now available online. The Virginia Outdoors Plan, which is updated every five years, highlights the beautiful natural resources and historical attractions Virginia has to offer. This is the 10th plan to be produced since the 1965 publication of "Virginia's Common Wealth," the first comprehensive study of Virginia's outdoor recreation facilities and resources. It is the first to be completely paperless, and its publication marks the debut of VOP Mapper, a user-friendly online tool for mapping outdoor recreation resources and conserved lands. This plan's theme is "Virginia is for Outdoor Lovers," and
recommendations focus heavily on expanding tourism opportunities and the economy through outdoor recreation and land conservation.

The section that pertains to the Central Shenandoah region can be found in Chapter 10 - Part 6.

Around the Region CSPDC Newsletter, September 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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