Regional Commission News March 2018
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Roanoke Valley Greenway Plan 2018 Update
Please join us for an open house style meeting to review the draft Plan! Learn about routes that are coming and routes that are proposed,then comment on the draft Plan!

When: April 19th, 4 - 7 p.m.
Where: Berglund Center
710 Williamson Rd NE
Roanoke, VA 24016

For more information, visit www.Greenways.org
Water Supply Plan Update
The Regional Commission is working with locality staff to complete the state-mandated update of our water supply plans. This plan deals with estimated future water demand and capacity to meet that demand, as well as policy for responding to drought events. These updates will be completed by December 2018.

For more information, please contact amcgee@rvarc.org.
RVTPO Holds New Member Orientation
The Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization (RVTPO) Policy Board held an orientation for members on March 22.

Guests from the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration, Virginia Department of Transportation, and Virginia Department of Rail & Public Transportation spoke about the role of the RVTPO and how their agencies support the actions of the RVTPO.
RVTPO Hosts Second Transportation for America Workshop
On March 13, RVTPO hosted a second workshop with Transportation for America on Performance Measurement of Transportation to Promote Economic Vitality.

This workshop was part of a technical assistance grant awarded to RVTPO. In a thought exercise, participants evaluated two transportation projects and how they could score better in Smart Scale while still advancing regional goals.
RVTPO Policy Board Approves TA Funding
At the March 22nd RVTPO Policy Board meeting, funds were allocated to two project applications seeking Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Block Grant Program funds (TA). Due to a policy change by the Commonwealth Transportation Board, the TA Program will now seek project applications every two years versus on an annual basis. As a result, the RVTPO now has two years of funding to allocate towards projects. For Fiscal Years 2019 and 2020, the Policy Board has a total of $527,575 to allocate towards TA projects. 

CTB Member Court Rosen has $1 million to allocate towards TA projects in Salem VDOT District. With the two funding sources, both project applications (descriptions which follow) were fully funded.
RVTPO Policy Board Approves FY19-24 RSTP Funding
The RVTPO Policy Board receives approximately $5M annually to support improvements to the Roanoke Valley’s transportation system. On March 22, 2018, the RVTPO Policy Board approved its FY19-24 Regional Surface Transportation Program supporting many new projects related to greenways, roads, and the airport.

Since the program’s inception in 2013, the Board has allocated more than $47M to improve transportation in the Roanoke Valley. 
VDEM Announces Pre-application Process
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) announced today that it is opening a pre-application and application period for the 2018 Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant programs. While the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has not opened their application cycle, VDEM is leaning forward to provide additional time and technical assistance for application development.

VDEM is opening its grant pre-application process before FEMA officially opens the grant period for these programs in an effort to help localities be more successful in competing for this funding.

PLRV holds Livable Roanoke Valley Summit
Today, the Partnership for a Livable Roanoke Valley (PLRV) held a summit to gauge progress on the Livable Roanoke Valley Plan. Several speakers highlighted area programs and successes related to the plan. We also engaged participants in a discussion of future priorities for the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany region.

During the summit, we heard from:

  • Shirley Holland, Chair of the PLRV and Vice President of Planning and Community Development, Carilion Clinic
  • Beth Doughty, Executive Director, Roanoke Regional Partnership
  • Jake Gilmer, Executive Director, Virginia’s Blue Ridge Works
  • Daniel Cohen, Energy Specialist, Roanoke College
  • Pete Eshelman, Director of Outdoor Branding, Roanoke Regional Partnership
  • Dwayne D'Ardenne, Stormwater Utility Manager, City of Roanoke

Thank you to everyone who attended the summit. We had a great turn out with 50 participants in attendance. For more information on Livable Roanoke Valley, visit: http://rvarc.org/livableroanoke/
RIDE Solutions Accepting Nominations for Bike Awards
Every year, RIDE Solutions recognizes individuals in the RIDE Solutions service area who are improving the opportunities for bicycling as a form of transportation, either through their individual effort and example as a cycling enthusiast, or through their professional work.

Winners of the Bike Hero and Extraordinary Bike Professional awards will be recognized with a plaque and a prize pack featuring gifts from local businesses!

Recognizing those who are working hard on bicycling issues in the community is an important part of making every community a bicycle friendly community.

All nominations must be received by close of business on April 27th, 2018.

To nominate someone in your community, visit: http://ridesolutions.org/awards
Ongoing Projects
The Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission is always working with localities on projects that benefit the region. Some of these projects are listed below.

  • Craig County Comprehensive Plan Update
  • Alleghany County Wrightsville Neighborhood CDBG Planning Grant
  • Alleghany Highlands Broadband Planning Effort
  • Rural Transit Study
  • Stormwater Assistance
  • Vinton Zoning Assistance
  • Working with Franklin County on "Aging in Place" issues
  • Working with local governments, tourism organizations, and the private sector on a promotional campaign for the Roanoke River Blueway
  • Assisting the Greenway Commission on completing an update of the Regional Greenway Plan
  • Working with the regional local foods partners to examine "Food Hub" needs in the region

For more information on ongoing projects contact  Tim Pohlad-Thomas   or visit  RVARC.org .