The Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (CSPDC) represents and serves the local governments of Augusta, Bath, Highland, Rockbridge, and Rockingham counties and the cities of Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton and Waynesboro as well as the 11 towns within the Central Shenandoah region.
The CSPDC works with its member jurisdictions, communities and agencies to provide high quality planning, technical assistance and facilitation of services that address local, regional and state needs in an innovative, timely and cooperative manner. Covering everything from land use planning, transportation, water and waste water utilities, natural resource management, affordable housing, economic and community development, disaster mitigation and preparedness, agritourism to human services, the CSPDC is an invaluable asset to the quality of life in the Shenandoah Valley. For more information about the CSPDC, click here.
The Cities of Staunton and Waynesboro and Augusta County, in partnership with Blue Ridge Community College, will be offering Community Emergency Response Training (CERT). The course will be held on Wednesdays, September 14 - November 9, from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Plecker Center on the campus of Blue Ridge Community College. This nine-week course uses a curriculum designed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and teaches basic skills in disaster preparedness, fire safety, first aid, terrorism awareness, disaster psychology, and search & rescue.
The course is free and open to anyone who lives or works in Staunton, Waynesboro or Augusta County. All materials are provided. Registration is required. To register, go on-line to www.brcc.edu. Click on the “Continuing Education” Tab. Next, click on the “View CE Classes” button. CERT is listed under the “Industry” heading in the “Safety/Regulation Compliance” section. Contact BRCC’s front desk at 540-453-2215 if you need help to register.
The Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (CSPDC), in cooperation with Virginia Regional Transit, has made revisions and schedule improvements impacting several routes in the BRITE Bus public transit system. The Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) North and South Shuttles, the Waynesboro Circulator route, and the 340 Connector route implemented these improvements in August to increase reliability, add more stops at key destinations, and allow for easier connections between routes. The changes were first recommended in the CSPDC’s Transit Development Plan (TDP), and are being incorporated after public feedback has indicated positive response. Schedules for the new route changes are available at www. britebus.org.
Bonnie Riedesel, Executive Director of the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (CSPDC) was elected as Second Vice Present of the Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions (VAPDC) at their Annual Conference held in Williamsburg. Riedesel has worked for the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission since 1994, and was appointed Executive Director in 2008. Her work with the CSPDC includes community and economic development, affordable housing, agritourism, hazard mitigation, public transit and transportation and bicycle-pedestrian planning. The CSPDC serves the counties of Augusta, Bath, Highland, Rockbridge and Rockingham, the cities of Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton and Waynesboro and the 11 towns within the region. The CSPDC provides high quality planning, technical assistance and facilitation services that address local, regional and state needs in an innovative, timely and cooperative manner.
The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Metropolitan Planning Organization (HRMPO) will hold a public open house/information session on the HRMPO Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 from 5:00PM-7:00PM at the Rockingham County Administration Center Fire & Rescue Training Room. The HRMPO Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan proposes a course of action to improve the non-motorized transportation network, offering residents and visitors safer, more comfortable, and more convenient options for walking and bicycling to key destinations throughout the region for recreation and transportation. Click here to view the Draft Plan.
Please join us to hear more about the plan; there will be a brief presentation at 6:00PM. Refreshments will be provided.
When it comes to mosquitos and the transmission of the Zika virus, this summer the CSPDC is helping the Central Shenandoah Health District of the Virginia Health Department “Fight the Bite.” Mosquito season in Virginia runs from May to October, and the Asian tiger mosquito that is found in Virginia can transmit Zika virus. This type of mosquito develops into adults in about 10 days and spends their lives within a two hundred yard area. To date, there have been no local cases of Zika transmission in Virginia, and reducing the risk of local transmission is dependent on limiting person to mosquito contact and controlling the mosquito population. Effective control of this mosquito requires the use of insect repellent and to dump, discard, cover, or treat even the smallest containers of water on your property.
PICK-A-DAY to FIGHT-THE-BITE
This summer, pick one day of the week to empty or change water in outdoor containers to “Fight the Bite.” Download this handy guide to help you identify possible mosquito breeding sites on your property and protect yourself from mosquito bites.
Additional resources can be found at: www.zikava.org. The Virginia Zika State Response Plan can be found HERE.
A Year In Review FY 2016 is available here.