Issue 5, Spring 2022
Kim Callis
VAPDC President
The Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission (RRRC), chartered in late 1971, serves the Counties of Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock, and the Towns of Culpeper, Gordonsville, Madison, Orange, Remington, The Plains, Warrenton and Washington. The RRRC (Planning District 9) serves its members by providing professional planning and technical resources, a concerted approach to regional cooperation, planning assistance with program delivery, and a forum for the interaction of appointed and elected local government officials and citizen members.

The RRRC prides itself on its ongoing program areas that enhance the livability and quality of life in the region. It coordinates and collaborates on a wide range of transportation planning and service delivery initiatives, including leadership and implementation of the Regional Transportation Collaborative and Mobility Management program. In the environment and agriculture areas, recent efforts include development and implementation of the regional Farm & Food System Plan and RRRC Food Policy Council, the region's Watershed Implementation Plan, development of a regional solar suitability analysis, and grant support for local Best Management Practice infrastructure projects. Its community and economic development services focus on housing development, tourism promotion, and Farm to School liaison activities. The Commission also serves as the lead agency of the Foothills Housing Network, with a primary focus on homelessness prevention and assistance, and operates the FHN Coordinated Entry program providing access to resources for those experiencing housing crises.

The RRRC region is composed of over 1,950 square miles and is home to 184,006 people (Weldon Cooper Center estimate, July 1, 2021). The Chair of the Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission is Meaghan Taylor (Town of Culpeper) and the Executive Director is Patrick Mauney.
The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC) is composed of the Counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson, and the City of Charlottesville. The TJPDC (Planning District 10) provides regional vision, collaborative leadership and professional service to develop effective solutions, and serves as a liaison between local and state governments, partnering with the Commonwealth to carry out state initiatives at the local and regional level. The TJPDC will be celebrating its 50th anniversary later this year, having been established in the summer of 1972.

Over the years, the TJPDC has established a number important entities that have worked to enhance the quality of life in the region, beginning with the founding of Jaunt (on demand and para-transit transportation) and the Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) in the mid-1970’s; establishing the Thomas Jefferson Housing Improvement Corporation in 1989, which later became the Piedmont Housing Alliance (PHA), and the Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for the Homeless (TJACH) in 2001; and more recently, the Jefferson Area Regional Transit Partnership (RTP) in 2017 and Central Virginia Regional Housing Partnership (CVRHP) in 2019. Among its numerous current projects, the TJPDC is administering a $79 million rural broadband expansion grant and has established a regional cigarette tax board to administer cigarette tax for eight jurisdictions in the broader region. Additionally, TJPDC staffs the Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Organization (CA-MPO), and administers the RideShare program, the HOME Investment Partnership, and the Housing Preservation Grant for the region.
The TJPDC region is composed of over 2,170 square miles and has a population of 267,273 (Weldon Cooper Center estimate, July 1, 2021). The Chair of the TJPD Commission is Jesse Rutherford (Nelson County) and the Executive Director is Christine Jacobs.
in the news
VAPDC co-hosted, with VACo, VML and the Virginia Municipal Drinking Water Association, a webinar on “Drinking Water Funds for Localities,” which focused on how ARPA funds could best be distributed to local governments to address water infrastructure. More than 150 folks registered for the session, including representatives from 10 of our PDCs.
The VAPDC Program Committee met recently and had a great discussion about possible programming for the Summer Conference in Staunton. The Committee is moving in the direction of planning sessions that focus on innovations in technology as it pertains to the likes of transportation, agriculture, tourism, workforce and unmanned aerial systems. We’ll be working to ink some more detail at another meeting of the group in early May.
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