Serving the counties of Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig, Franklin and Roanoke; the cities of Covington, Roanoke and Salem; and the towns of Clifton Forge, Rocky Mount and Vinton
March 2011 Edition
Staff Assisting Localities with Redistricting The Regional Commission recently acquired redistricting software that uses GIS (Geographic Information System) technology to aid in the drawing of election district boundaries. Commission staff will be assisting Alleghany and Craig Counties, and the City of Covington in the redistricting process. Staff has also provided redistricting technical support to Botetourt and Roanoke Counties. An election district map for the proposed City of Alleghany Highlands consolidation was also developed using the software. The Virginia Constitution requires that all cities and counties that elect members of a governing body from districts must redistrict in 2011. Using the “one person-one vote” standard, district lines must be drawn so that each district has nearly equal populations, and is compact and contiguous. Redistricting takes place after each decennial census, and is based on detailed population numbers collected in 2010 by the US Census Bureau. As some regions grow and others lose population, district and precinct lines have to be adjusted. Complicating the process is the fact that federal and state election district lines will change as well. Hopefully these federal and state boundaries will be available at the end of April to be incorporated into local redistricting plans. More detailed information on redistricting can be found at the Virginia Department of Legislative Services website (http:// redistricting.dls.virginia.gov/2010/). Contact: Matt Miller (email@example.com or 540-343-4417)
Inside this Issue: Updates — Volunteers for Energy
Sustainability Program Other Project Updates
MPO Constrained Long Range Transportation Plan 2035
Mayor’s Bike Ride APBP Webinar Series RIDE Solutions Program Performance
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MEMBER OF SAMPLE Redistricting Map Prepared by RVARC www.vapdc.org
Jeremy Holmes, Coordinator of Sustainability Programs for the Roanoke Valley‐Alleghany Regional Commission, has taken over leadership of the Commission’s Volunteers for Energy (VfE) program. The VfE program uses retired engineers and other energy professionals to perform free energy assessments for businesses, nonprofits, schools, and local governments.
For more information, visit www.rvarc.org/energy or contact Jeremy Holmes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540‐343‐4417
Volunteers for Energy has completed, or is in the process of completing, three audits. Assessors have examined St. James Episcopal Church in Roanoke, The Wallace Agency in the Old Southwest neighborhood of the City of Roanoke, and the Regional Commission’s own building. Assessors continue to train on new energy saving technologies and measurement tools, while Commission staff work to broaden the scope of the program by incorporating transportation energy into the assessment process, as well as integrating regional and national recognition programs such as Cool Green Biz and Best Workplaces for Commuters.
Jake Gilmer, Senior Planner at the Regional Commission, will serve as Project Leader on the recently awarded Sustainable Communities Initiative Grant. The Commission and other Consortium members received a $625,000, 3‐year grant to complete a Sustainable Communities Plan for the Roanoke Metropolitan Statistical Area. The Commission was the lead applicant for the grant and recently signed a formal agreement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on February 15. Commission staff will begin work to develop a formal agreement with all of the Consortium member governments for their participation in the plan development. Current members of the Roanoke Valley Sustainability Consortium include the Counties of Craig, Franklin and Roanoke; the Cities of Roanoke and Salem; the Roanoke Valley‐ Alleghany Regional Commission, the Roanoke Valley Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Council of Community Services, and Virginia Western Community College. Stakeholder and public involvement will be conducted throughout the process and close to 50 organizations will have membership on a Consortium Stakeholder Committee, representing the following sectors: housing, transportation, underserved populations, land use, energy and environment, economic and workforce development, public health, and education. The Regional Commission will be partnering with the Cabell Brand Center for Global Poverty & Resource Sustainability Studies to host an upcoming Regional Sustainability Summit on Friday, April 29, 2011 at the Greenfield Education & Training Center in Daleville, VA (invitations forthcoming). The Summit will bring regional leaders and stakeholders together to address a wide spectrum of sustainability issues in our region and to ultimately develop and implement a comprehensive sustainability plan in our region. The goal of the Summit is to take a step toward developing a long‐term networking and partnership mechanism for area colleges, local governments and businesses in the region, to pool resources and address current and anticipated sustainability problems in a collaborative fashion.
For More Information Contact: Jake Gilmer (email@example.com or 540‐343‐4417)
Roanoke Valley Regional SUSTAINABILITY SUMMIT April 29, 2011 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Greenfield Education & Training Center (Daleville, VA)
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The Fiscal Year 2010 Annual List of Federally Obligated Transportation Funds is now available on the Commission’s website. The document lists transportation projects that received funding last year from the Federal Highway Administration or Federal Transit Administration. Online at: http://bit.ly/fnHYBK The Regional Commission will soon release a final draft of the Roanoke ValleyAlleghany Rural Long Range Transportation Plan. The plan includes analysis and recommendations for multimodal transportation improvements in Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig, and Roanoke Counties, as well at the Town of Clifton Forge and the City of Covington. The plan has been cooperatively developed by the Regional Commission and the Virginia Department of Transportation. It will impact the priorities of the Virginia Long Range Multimodal Plan (VTrans) and the development of the Virginia Six-Year Improvement Program. Online at: http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/rural_regional_long-range_plans.asp For More Information Contact: Jake Gilmer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-343-4417. Commission staff completed an update to the Solid Waste Management Plan for Craig County and the Town of New Castle. The plan addresses all requirements of the regulations for the Development of Solid Waste Management Plans. Revisions to the plan incorporate proposed improvements to the solid waste transfer station, recycling, and activities of the Craig County Beautification Committee. The plan is designed to serve as a guidance document for Craig County and the Town of New Castle as they continue to strive to provide the most economical, safe, environmentally-responsible waste management system for their citizens. The Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission continues to work on an update to the Regional Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan. Staff has presented GIS data layers, estimated potential losses from flooding in the region, and risk assessment tables to the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Committee for review. More information about the planning process, including meeting materials and maps, can be found at www.rvarc.org/disaster. Commission staff provided technical assistance to the Alleghany Highlands Consolidation Citizens Committee by developing a proposed election district map and website at www.cityofalleghanyhighlands.com. The website includes documents related to the consolidation process and a Question & Answer section. For More Information Contact: Matt Miller at email@example.com or 540-343-4417. The Regional Commission continues to maintain the Grant Resource Access Network (GRANT), a free service to notify area governments, non-profits, and other interested parties in the region of grant opportunities and resources available from federal and state agencies, as well as private foundations. GRANT members receive the weekly e-newsletter GrantStation Insider which provides information on grant makers, upcoming grant deadlines, conferences and seminars, and industry news. Additionally, GRANT members can schedule a time to use GrantStation’s advanced (i.e., subscription) features to search for national and regional grant opportunities. Current GRANT membership includes 150 individuals, representing more than 90 local governments, non-profits, and other agencies throughout the Commonwealth. Interested parties can join the GRANT listserv by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 540.343.4417 and providing your name and email address. Additional GRANT information is available at www.rvarc.org/grant. Staff Contact: Shane Sawyer (email@example.com)
Alleghany County The Honorable Carolyn Barnette The Honorable Shannon Cox John Strutner Botetourt County The Honorable Steve Clinton The Honorable Billy Martin, Sr., Vice Chair Ned C. McElwaine Kenny Sexton Craig County The Honorable Jennifer Durling The Honorable Richard Flora Franklin County The Honorable Russell Johnson The Honorable Ronnie Thompson The Honorable Charles Wagner Chris Whitlow Roanoke County Clay Goodman, III The Honorable Kevin Hutchins Dean Martin, Treasurer The Honorable Ed Elswick The Honorable Charlotte Moore J. Lee E. Osborne City of Covington The Honorable Kim Warlitner John Doane City of Roanoke The Honorable David Bowers Jay E. Foster Rob Logan Chris Morrill The Honorable Court Rosen The Honorable David Trinkle, Chairman City of Salem The Honorable John Givens The Honorable Jane Johnson Melinda Payne Town of Clifton Forge Darlene Burcham The Honorable Jimmie Houff Town of Rocky Mount James Ervin The Honorable Robert Strickler Town of Vinton The Honorable Bradley E. Grose Chris Lawrence
NON-VOTING LIAISON MEMBERS Beth Doughty Roanoke Regional Partnership Teresa Hammond Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce Landon Howard Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau Debbie Kavitz Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce 11
Dr. Robert Sandel Virginia Western Community College Dr. Richard Teaff Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Doloris Vest Western Virginia Workforce Development Board Joyce Waugh Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce
2010 Census Data and Components of Change Decennial Census Count
April 1, 2000 - April 1, 2010 Percent
April 1, 2000
April 1, 2010
So uce: Weldon Cooper Center for Publi c Service, US Census B ureau
Largest Employers in RVARC Region
Towns 2000-2010 Population Change
Town of Clifton Forge
Town of Rocky Mount
Town of Vinton
Source: US Bureau of the Census
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Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital Department of Veterans Affairs Wal-Mart Kroger Wells Fargo Bank City of Roanoke Lewis Gale Medical Center County of Roanoke MeadWestvaco Corporation Roanoke County Schools
Source: Virginia Employment Commission
Source: Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service (www.coopercenter.org)
Roanoke Valley Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) www.rvarc.org/mpo
Roanoke Valley Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Policy Board Members
Bedford County The Honorable Dale Wheeler Botetourt County The Honorable Billy Martin, Sr. Ron Smith Roanoke County The Honorable Richard Flora, VC The Honorable Charlotte Moore City of Roanoke Dr. M. Rupert Cutler The Honorable David Trinkle, Chair City of Salem The Honorable Jane Johnson Melinda Payne Town of Vinton Doug Adams The Honorable Carolyn Fidler Va. Dept. of Transportation Richard Caywood Valley Metro Leon Alder Rke. Regional Airport Commission Jacqueline Shuck Roanoke Valley‐Alleghany Regional Commission J. Lee E. Osborne
Update on the Constrained Long Range Transportation Plan 2035 The MPO’s Financially Constrained Long‐ Range Transportation Plan (CLRTP) is nearing completion. The centerpiece of the plan has traditionally been a financially constrained list of transportation projects to be built over a 20‐year horizon. The purpose of the CLRTP is to serve as a "check and balance" for federal surface transportation funds between the Federal, State and Local (represented by the regional MPO Policy Board) levels. In its simplest form, the local governments, through the MPO, have to agree to Federal and State funding decisions by including them in the CLRTP. The recent downturn has blurred the fiscal picture to such an extent that it has been extremely difficult to develop an adequate fiscally constrained list of projects because of constantly shifting financial projections. The storm has now receded so that staff and local government stakeholders can advance the process with a goal of getting the final lists and plan narrative to the Roanoke Valley Area MPO Policy Board at its April 2011 meeting. This will allow the public process to start with anticipated final approval at the June MPO meeting.
The Long Range Planning Process Public Participation and Stakeholder Input. Results from touch screen kiosk, focus groups and public meetings help shape Goals, Objectives and Strategies of CLRTP 2035.
Guiding Principles of the Plan. Context of the plan with regard to demographic, funding and environmental trends. Goals, Objectives and Strategies to guide project selection.
Technical Process. Computer model to estimate future travel demand. Computer model produces list of estimated deficiencies where volume/capacity is 1 or more. List is typically much larger than a reasonable financial constraint.
Prioritization. Candidate projects from technical process and other plans are prioritized through the Transportation Technical Committee, Community Advisory Committee, local plans and local committees.
Non‐Voting Members Federal Highway Administration Tammye Davis Federal Transit Administration Tony Cho Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation Jeff Sizemore
The CLRTP can be accessed at www.rvarc.org/work/LRTP2035draftsmall.pdf
Staff Contact: Mark McCaskill (firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-343-4417)
Planning and administrative staff to the Roanoke Valley Area MPO is provided by the Roanoke Valley‐Alleghany Regional Commission, which also serves as fiscal agent.
Financially Constrained and Vision Lists. Projects are organized into those selected for the financially constrained list, which is the major product of the CLRTP 2035 process, and a vision list of candidate projects ready should more funds become available.
Upcoming Events Mayor’s Bike Ride Saturday, May 7, 2011 City of Roanoke
RIDE Solutions and the City of Roanoke’s Parks and Recreation Department will host the annual Mayor’s Bike Ride to celebrate Bike Month in Roanoke. Mayor David Bowers will lead the ride on Saturday, May 7th at 10:00 A.M. The ride will start at the new Vic Thomas Park and end at the Mayor’s Monument in downtown Roanoke, where riders can then attend the Strawberry Festival, Chili Cook‐off, and other great events that will be going on in downtown Roanoke that day. Check www.bikeroanoke.com/events for more Bike Month events happening throughout the month, or contact Jeremy Holmes at email@example.com or 540‐342‐9393.
Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) 2011 Development Webinar Series
The Roanoke Valley‐Alleghany Regional Commission will host the following webinars from the APBP Professional Development Webinar Series in 2011. The webinars will be held at the Regional Commission office (upstairs conference room) located at 313 Luck Avenue in downtown Roanoke. All webinars are offered free of charge for participants, but RSVP is requested. Please contact Shane Sawyer at 540.343.4417 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seat. Directions to the Regional Commission are available at http://www.rvarc.org/contact.htm. Design Manuals and Guides Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 3:00‐4:00 p.m. Using Social Media to Improve Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 3:00‐4:00 p.m. Bicycle and Pedestrian Facility Design within a Constrained Right‐of‐Way Wednesday, June 15, 2011, 3:00‐4:00 p.m. Crosswalk Policies, Designs and Signals Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 3:00‐4:00 p.m. Designing and Retrofitting Bridges for Active Transportation Wednesday, August 17, 2011, 3:00‐4:00 p.m. Multimodal Level of Service Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 3:00‐4:00 p.m. Parking: Buffers, Bikes and Cars Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 3:00‐4:00 p.m. Additional information on the APBP Professional Development Webinar Series is available at http://apbp.site‐ym.com
RIDE Solutions Program Performance www.ridesolutions.org RIDE Solutions Grows by Leaps and Bounds
RIDE Solutions Program Director, Jeremy Holmes, offered a program performance update at the January Regional Commission meeting. Highlights of that performance over the past year included:
A 100% increase in membership to over 2,000 commuters. 33 Workplace Partners representing over 40,000 employees. Robust social media outreach with over 6,000 blog views, over 1,000 connections via Facebook and Twitter, and 14,000 YouTube video views. Participation in a number of regional sustainability initiatives, including the City of Roanoke’s Bicycle Friendly Community and Citizens for Clean and Green Committees, the Green Living and Energy Expo, Roanoke Valley Cool Cities Coalition, Go Green NRV, and the Roanoke Regional Chamber’s Cool Green Biz Program. Relaunch of the Red Rack bike rack donation program. Updates to the online park-and-ride map and interactive bicycle map. Presentations to Best Workplaces for Commuters members, NADO, and blog syndication via Streetsblog.
A copy of the entire presentation can be requested from Jeremy Holmes at email@example.com or (540)342-9393
Workplace Partnerships RIDE Solutions welcomes Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, John T. Morgan Roofing and Sheet Metal, and Salem City Public Schools to the Workplace Partnership Program. The Program provides employers in the region, including local governments, access to sustainable transportation programs and promotional efforts customized to their needs and business culture, all free of charge.
RIDE Solutions has launched the Red Rack Program, which provides custom-made bicycle racks free to qualifying businesses, nonprofits, and local governments. To-date, racks have been awarded to the Town of Vinton, John T. Morgan Roofing and Sheet Metal, and K-Mart (Franklin Road). www.ridesolutions.org/bikewalk
It’s time again for the annual Clean Commute Challenge. Part of the series of Bike Month events organized by RIDE Solutions and its many partners, the Clean Commute Challenge encourages commuters to try a sustainable transportation mode on one or more Fridays during the month of May, the traditional start of ozone pollution season. Commuters who take the pledge are entered into a drawing for great prizes. This year, RIDE Solutions intends to take its Clean Commute hospitality tent on the road, serving coffee and doughnuts to area Park-and-Ride users on various Fridays throughout the month, and partnering with Downtown Roanoke’s newest coffee shop, GET, to offer our usual breakfast reward to downtown commuters.
ROANOKE VALLEY‐ALLEGHANY REGIONAL COMMISSION
P.O. Box 2569 313 Luck Avenue, SW Roanoke, VA 24010 Phone: 540‐343‐4417 Fax: 540‐343‐4416 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.rvarc.org
UPCOMING CALENDAR Tuesday, March 29, 2011 Sustainability Consortium Meeting @10:00 am (Regional Commission Conference Room) Thursday, April 14, 2011 Transportation Technical Committee Mtg. @1:30 pm (Regional Commission Conference Room) Thursday, April 21, 2011 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Committee Mtg. @3:00 pm (Greenfield Education & Training Center, Daleville, VA) Public Meeting — Rural Long Range Transportation Plan, 4:00-6:30 pm (Regional Commission Conference Room) Thursday, April 28, 2011 1:30 pm — Roanoke Valley Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Policy Board Mtg. 3:00 pm — Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission Mtg. (both mtgs. will be held in the Regional Commission Conference Room) Friday, April 29, 2011 Roanoke Valley Regional Sustainability Summit 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (Greenfield Education & Training Center, Daleville, VA) Friday, May 13, 2011 Clean Commute Day
Rural Long Range Transportation Plan Public Meeting Scheduled
The Roanoke Valley‐Alleghany Regional Commission will host a public meeting on the Rural Long Range Transportation Plan on Thursday, April 21, 2011 from 4:00 to 6:30 pm at the Regional Commission office (upstairs Conference Room), 313 Luck Avenue, SW, downtown Roanoke. During the months of April and May, Virginia Department of Transportation officials and the Consultant Team are scheduling public meetings throughout Virginia to obtain citizen comment on the Rural Long Range Transportation Plan. The plan will be presented to our region on the April 21 date. Staff Contact: Jake Gilmer (email@example.com or 540‐343‐4417)