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|Formed||August 14, 1969|
|Headquarters||9211 Forest Hill Ave., Richmond, VA 23235
|Parent agency||Virginia General Assembly|
Richmond Regional Planning District
The Richmond Regional Planning District Commission (RRPDC) is an intergovernmental agency that encourages and facilitates local government cooperation in addressing issues that impact its nine jurisdictional members in surrounding Richmond, Virginia. The RRPDC’s regional planning efforts focus on the areas of transportation, local technical assistance, and information services, including demographic, economic and geographic information systems.
The RRPDC covers a region (see map) that includes the City of Richmond, the Town of Ashland, and the Counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, and Powhatan.Together, the nine jurisdictions have a population of more than 950,000 citizens.
The Commission is made up of 33 voting Commissioners, which include 22 elected officials, seven planning commission representatives, and four citizen representatives. The number of representatives from each jurisdiction is based on population. Commissioners are appointed by the governing bodies of its member jurisdictions. At least, but not substantially more than, a majority of the Commissioners must be elected officials with the remaining representatives being qualified voters and residents of the District, who hold no office elected by the people.
The current members of the Commission are:
- Faye O. Prichard, Chair - Mayor of Town of Ashland
The Commission was created by state statue to “promote the orderly and efficient development of the physical, social and economic elements of the district by planning, and encouraging and assisting localities to plan, for the future.” (Va. Code Ann. § 15.2-4207.)
The Richmond Regional PDC's major objectives are to:
- Identify issues and opportunities of an interjurisdictional nature
- Establish plans and policies for addressing those regional issues
- Identify ways and means for state and local governments and the private sector to implement programs
- Help promote cooperation among state and local governments issue resolution
- Provide technical assistance and information services to its member jurisdictions
The counties within the Richmond region rely on the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission to coordinate and facilitate regional cooperation, solving mutual problems which cross boundary lines. As the state forges ahead, it is becoming increasingly apparent that once individual, local issues addressed at that local level have developed into greater regional concerns, requiring regional discussions and policies. It is this direction that the Richmond Regional PDC strives to provide to our localities and as a result, to the state of Virginia itself.
The Commission, which was formed by local governments August 14, 1969 under the authority of the Virginia Area Development Act—revised and retitled the Regional Cooperation Act in 1995—is comprised of elected officials and citizens who address mutual problems and work out solutions for the local governments which benefit from intergovernmental cooperation.
Richmond Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
The RRPDC is the staffing agency of the Richmond Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (RAMPO), which is the federally required Metropolitan Planning Organization responsible for the continuous and comprehensive transportation planning process in the Richmond, Virginia Region. RAMPO is one of ?? Virginia MPOs.
The RAMPO is governed by the RAMPO Transportation Policy Board (the RAMPO board) composed of state, regional and local officials. The RAMPO board has ?? voting members, consisting mostly of elected politicians. Other seats are made up of ___????____ and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).
The board Chairman is currently _____________.
The board typically meets the third Thursday of each month immediately following the conclusion of the RRPDC Board. Meetings are typically held at the RRPDC headquarters. Members of the public are welcome to attend and given a chance to offer comments.
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