The Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro Metropolitan Planning Organization will be hosting a public open house/information meeting for the Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center (WWRC) Small Area Study on Thursday, June 22. The event is from 5-7 PM at Wilson Middle School Cafeteria, 232 Hornet Road in Fishersville. The transportation study will examine access management and safety issues along US 250 (Jefferson Highway) in the vicinity of the WWRC Complex. Study recommendations will be used to guide future transportation improvements in the area. The public is invited to attend the open house and provide input.
Summit speakers from the Virginia Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech, USDA Rural Development, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Virginia Housing Development Authority, Total Action for Progress, and CSPDC focused on the connection between housing and economic development, as well as funding opportunities to increase affordable housing options. Topics included homeownership, rental housing, housing rehabilitation, and new construction. The workshop was geared toward local government staff, including community development, economic development and workforce development, local elected officials, housing organizations and nonprofits, and other community leaders.
The CSPDC’s Rideshare Program is wrapping up the update of its Transportation Demand Management Plan (TDMP). Required by the Department of Rail and Public Transportation, the TDMP includes stakeholder and public input, a financial plan, and a strategy for changes and expansion of services.
The broad goals of the updated TDMP include increasing the awareness of the alternate modes of transportation that exist besides single-occupant vehicles, improving mobility and accessibility to people with transportation needs in the rural areas of the region, and promoting social, economic, and environmental sustainability.