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The Regional Commission helps local governments address regionally significant issues with planning designed to enhance our region’s infrastructure, promote our region’s economic growth, and improve and sustain our region’s quality of life.
The Regional Commission provides long-range transportation planning for the Roanoke Valley and rural localities within our region. Regionally coordinated approaches to planning and developing our region’s transportation infrastructure is central to the mobility of our citizens and supporting businesses that rely on logistics and supply chain management.
The Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission announces two opportunities for public participation:
RVARC OPEN HOUSE
The staff of the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission (RVARC) will host an Open House on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 between the hours of 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the RVARC offices, 313 Luck Ave., SW, Roanoke, VA 24016 (Top Floor Conference Room). This is an important opportunity for the public to learn more about regional planning programs related to transportation, community development and the environment. The public is also invited to provide input on amendments to the Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization’s Long-Range Transportation Plan and Transportation Improvement Program.
NOTICE OF TWO OFFICIAL PUBLIC HEARINGS CONCERNING AN AMENDMENT TO THE ROANOKE VALLEY TRANSPORTATION PLANNING ORGANIZATION’S CONSTRAINED LONG-RANGE MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION PLAN AND AN AMENDMENT TO THE FY18-21 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
The Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization (RVTPO) is amending Vision 2040: Roanoke Valley Transportation, its Constrained Long-Range Multimodal Transportation Plan (CLRMTP) to include: 1) Approved FY19/20 Transportation Alternatives (TA) and FY19-24 Regional Surface Transportation Program (RSTP) projects not previously included in the fiscally constrained list; 2) Projects desired by local governments for which SMART SCALE funding is currently being pursued in Round 3 and not previously included in the fiscally constrained or vision list; 3) Other projects proposed in the draft VDOT/DRPT Six-Year Improvement Program for consideration into the fiscally constrained list of projects; and 4) How safety performance measure targets are being pursued, per new federal legislation. The full amendment may be viewed at this link. Public comment is being accepted until June 21, 2018 in the comment form below.
The RVTPO is amending the FY2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) to include: 1) New SMART SCALE, RSTP, and TA projects receiving federal funding; 2) Addition of the purchase of two minivans with ramps by Lutheran Family Services of Virginia; and 3) How the program of projects in the TIP contributes to achieving safety performance in the CLRMTP. The full amendment may be viewed at this link. Public comment is being accepted until June 21, 2018 in the comment form below.
Official public hearings on both the amendment to the CLRMTP and the amendment of the FY18-21 TIP will take place at the RVTPO Policy Board meeting on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission office (Top Floor Conference Room), 313 Luck Avenue, SW, Roanoke, VA 24016.
In August of 2016, the Regional Bicycle Advisory Committee met for the first time in a couple of years. Most of those who attended were locality staff, and they missed the citizens who had given such valuable input into the bike projects throughout the years. New staff struggled to understand the purpose and function of the committee and its history. In short, the committee experienced an existential crisis, asking why it existed, who it was, what it should do, and how it should do it.
After several deep discussions, the group worked with the Transportation Technical Committee (TTC) to develop its purpose and procedures. Its named changed to the Regional Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee, reflecting the close relationship of bicycle and pedestrian issues.
The purpose of the Regional Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee is to facilitate regional collaboration with diverse stakeholders in planning bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in the Roanoke Valley. It develops an Action Plan to guide its efforts each year and reports to the Transportation Technical Committee (TTC) of the Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization. Members are roughly half locality staff and half citizens.
The TTC adopted the purpose and procedures of the new committee on January 11, 2018 and began accepting applications for the ten at-large positions. Astonishingly, the TTC received 25 applications! Applications included teachers, bike shops, accountants, and non-profit staff. They bike and walk for transportation, for fun and fitness, or by necessity. We had a diverse pool of applicants representing “protected populations” criteria such as mobility impairment, visual impairment, minority, and low-income. With so many well-qualified applicants, the decisions were difficult.
In April, the TTC appointed the initial ten at-large members to staggered two-year terms. The committee itself will make future appointments subject to TTC approval. The committee will meet on June 21, 2018, 4:00 – 6:00 pm at the Regional Commission, 313 Luck Ave SW, to learn about its roles and responsibilities and discuss its Action Plan. Meetings are open to the public. Learn more on the committee web page.
The Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization (RVTPO) held its second transportation performance measure workshop on March 13th at the Green Ridge Recreation Center, a follow-up to the first workshop on November 29. Transportation for America (T4America), an alliance of civic and business leaders dedicated to transportation investment solutions, and the Economic Development Research Group, a firm specializing in regional economic evaluation, analysis, and planning, hosted the event as part of the T4America technical assistance grant awarded to the RVTPO.
As state and federal performance measure requirements continue to change over the years, local and regional governments must find innovative ways to remain competitive in terms of jobs creation, economic growth, quality of life, and overall regional viability. In this light, the workshop focused its discussions on the nexus between performance-driven investments in transportation and regional economic vitality and growth.
The workshop specifically focused on the reliance of outcome-based decision-making in regional transportation planning and the ability to detect the outcomes that may or may not result from the direct products of transportation spending. How many jobs will a transportation project create? Are people going to be able to get to work faster? How will transportation spending affect downtown businesses? Will a transportation project promote greater multimodal use? These are just a few of the questions that arise when considering how transportation decisions achieve regional priorities.
There was also discussion on the critical importance of SMART SCALE, a transportation financial mechanism and premier project prioritization rubric for the Commonwealth of Virginia, and its implications on transportation planning within the Roanoke Valley. Click here for a detailed summary of the March 13th workshop.
A wealth of knowledge and expertise was present at this event. Over 30 local officials, planners, engineers, and transportation specialists from the Roanoke Valley attended. Among the presenters were Chris Zimmerman (Click here for presentation) and Rayla Bellis of T4America, Leigh Holt from the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (Click here for presentation), Chad Tucker, Smart Scale Manager for the Commonwealth of Virginia, and Naomi Stein from Economic Development Research Group.
With the T4America technical assistance and input from the two workshops, the RVTPO will be working to incorporate more performance-based, outcome-based solutions to address many of the transportation needs in the Roanoke Valley.