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.


New Routes Studies for Harrisonburg Transit

The CSPDC and the Harrisonburg Department of Public Transportation, along with the consultant team from Renaissance Planning Group have been coordinating a Harrisonburg Transit Study through the Harrisonburg Rockingham Metropolitan Planning Organization (HRMPO). The purpose of the Study is to examine a new route to Rockingham Memorial Hospital and to reconfigure existing routes to improve efficiency. Harrisonburg currently has five city lines and would like to add a sixth. Route 1 is the busiest bus line in the city and serves downtown, the James Madison University (JMU) campus and the south and eastern portions of the city, including the Valley Mall and frequently experiences delays. Route 2 serves Rockingham Memorial Hospital and covers from downtown Harrisonburg and the JMU campus throughout the east and south of the city.

Harrisonburg Department of Public Transportation (HDPT) is proposing to add a new route which will be referred to as Route 0. This line will likely service both the Valley Mall and Rockingham Memorial Hospital covering downtown, JMU and along Port Republic Road. The existing Routes 1 and 2 will be reconfigured slightly, and all three lines will provide increased coverage throughout the city and surrounding neighborhoods. This spring HDPT will hold a public workshop to present the new route and take comments on the proposal. The Harrisonburg Transit Study is expected to be completed in June and approved changes to the transit system go into effect sometime in the late summer.

CSPDC Region Home to 5 of Safest Cities in Virginia

The CSPDC region is home to five of the top 30 Safest Cities according to the latest Safewise Report. Based on FBI Crime Report data from 2012 and an analysis of violent and property crimes in cities with a population over 3,000, the report attempts to help answer the question "What is the chance of crime happening to me or my loved ones?"

With the Town of Broadway coming in at #1, Lexington at #8, Bridgewater at #12, Harrisonburg at #23, and Staunton at #25, we think it's "safe" to call the Central Shenandoah region one of the safest regions in the State!

Shenandoah Valley's Biking Assets Featured on virginiabusiness.com

The Shenandoah Valley is becoming known as a "complete" biking destination with not only spectacular mountain biking opportunities, but great road biking, greenways, community initiatives that encourage safe biking and the amenities of vibrant cities dotting the scenic rural routes. Read more HERE.

Gold Discovered in the Shenandoah Valley Published in EDA Pro

Gold Discovered in Shenandoah Valley - an article about the Fields of Gold agritourism program was recently published in the U. S. Department of Economic Development Administration's (EDA) monthly newsletter. The article highlights the success and regional collaboration of the Fields of Gold program and its economic impact on the Shenandoah Valley. To read the article in its entirety, please click HERE

FEMA Approves All Hazards Plan

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.

Around the Region CSPDC Newsletter, March 2014

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


CSPDC Office

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

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