Braiding the Way Releases Community Survey

Braiding the Way for Outdoor Recreation in the Rockbridge Area is conducting an online survey as part of the process for developing a Master Outdoor Recreation Plan for the region.  The survey is open to both residents and visitors and asks participants to share information on their involvement in outdoor recreation activities, spending and demographic information.  The data from the survey results will be used to conduct an economic impact analysis report.
To take the survey, please click here:
The survey will remain open until July 31, 2017.

Grant Awarded For Regional Wildfire Protection Plan

Rocky Mtn. Fire - night photo 6 - 4.19.16 by Bob Adamek

Rocky Mtn. Fire. Photo by Bob Adamek

The CSPDC has received  grant funds from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Pre-disaster Mitigation Grant Program to complete a regional Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).

CWPPs cover such issues as wildfire response, hazard mitigation, community preparedness, and structural protection. Previously, the CSPDC assisted Augusta County with completing a CWPP. This new CWPP will take a regional approach, with all 21 jurisdictions within the Central Shenandoah Region eligible to participate. The planning process will take place over the next 18 months.
Public input will be an integral part of creating the regional CWPP, and will be solicited through open houses, an on-line survey, and community outreach. When completed, the CWPP will be incorporated into the  Central Shenandoah All Hazards Mitigation Plan.

Farm2Fork Affair Set for March 6

16107515_10154085406332051_7813727089366046973_oThe Northern Shenandoah Valley Farm2Fork Affair on March 6, 2017 in Luray, Virginia, will connect regional agricultural producers and large-scale consumers in a trade show expo.  John Hoffman the Executive Chef of Keswick Hall will deliver the keynote address to an audience expected to include producers and hundreds of restaurateurs, retailers, grocers, hoteliers, and innkeepers from the Shenandoah Valley region, Charlottesville, Washington D.C., Northern Virginia, and West Virginia.

Prior to the event, a Farm2Fork Ready! Workshop will be provided for those producers showcasing their products at the expo. This workshop is designed to provide guidance on creating a professional presentation and developing working relationships with potential clients.

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CSPDC Welcomes New Staff Members

New employeesWe are pleased to welcome planners Jonathan Howard, Tracy Hibbitts, and Liza Vick to the CSPDC team.
Jonathan, who was hired as a transportation planner, is a Navy veteran and former VDOT employee.  He will be involved in many of the CSPDC’s transportation programs including MPO projects, the Rural Transportation program and corridor studies.
As a regional planner, Tracy will be working on a number of community development projects including Braiding the Way for Outdoor Recreation in the Rockbridge Area and Greenhouse Village Housing project in Rockbridge County.  For the past eight years, Tracy worked for the Virginia Outdoors Foundation as a Stewardship Specialist.
In her role as regional planner, Liza will work on environmental and natural resource projects such as storm water management, water supply planning and solid waste management and recycling.  She most recently worked for the City of Waynesboro in their Public Works Department.

SMART SCALE Projects Recommended for Funding

The Commonwealth Transportation Commission released its preliminary funding scenario for the FY 2018 SMART SCALE cycle.  Ten applications submitted from within the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission region were recommended for funding. Next steps for the funding of these projects include public meetings and opportunities for comment in the Spring of 2017.

New CSPDC Board Members Appointed

Mr. William Kyger was appointed to the CSPDC Commission to represent Rockingham County. He replaces Mr. Rick Chandler who has served since January 2014. Mr. Kyger has previously served on the Commission and we would like to welcome him back.
Mr. George Hirschmann was appointed as the City of Harrisonburg’s new representative to the CSPDC. He replaces Mr. Abe Shearer who has served since June 2014.
Ms. Vickie Moran was appointed as Augusta County’s new representative to the CSPDC. She replaces Mr. Joe Colvin who has served since March 2011. Ms. Moran also serves on Craigsville Town Council.

New City Planners in the Region

Be sure to congratulate Rodney Rhodes, Staunton’s new Senior Planner, and Luke Juday, Waynesboro’s new Director of Planning on their new positions! Both Rhodes and Juday will serve on the Staunton Augusta Waynesboro MPO Technical Advisory Committee.