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.


Project Impact Calendar Published

A popular locally produced calendar that features a unique collection of historic photos from around the Shenandoah Valley and amusing"holidays" for each day of the year is now available. Organizers from Shenandoah Valley Project Impact (SVPI) and the Central ShenandoahPlanning District Commission (CSPDC) expect demand for the free calendar to be brisk, and for folks that have enjoyed the unique calendar, grabbing a copy from government centers, libraries and other locations in the cities of Staunton, Waynesboro, Harrisonburg, Lexington and the counties of Augusta, Rockingham, Rockbridge, Highland and Bath has become a tradition since 2003.The calendar is funded by a federal emergency management grant and is part of SVPI's ongoing efforts to create awareness about preparedness. Since its inception in September 2000, SVPI has conducted hundreds of trainings, demonstrations, surveys, forums and planning meetings, as well as developed important plans and printed materials to educate Valley residents on ways to protect their families, homes and properties, and businesses from the impact of severe weather, emergencies, and disasters. The SVPI was also recently selected to be a pilot community for the Resilient Neighbors Network, a national program that will forge stronger efforts within local communities to prepare and respond to emergencies. Contact Rebecca Joyce for more information on obtaining copies at 540-885-5174 or email Rebecca Joyce at rebecca@cspdc.org.

PDC Staff Receive Training in Stormwater Plan Review

Staff members Erin Yancey and C.J. Mitchem, PE are now provisionally certified by the Commonwealth of Virginia to perform plan review for stormwater management plans submitted to Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) authorities. Staff will also attend the Stormwater Inspector course in December, and will soon take the exam for the Combined Administrator certification, which will allow the PDC toassist localities with their VSMP needs. The PDC is currently reviewingstormwater management plans for James Madison University. Additional information or questions should be directed to Erin Yancey at erin@cspdc.org.

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, November/December 2014

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

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

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