• Our Mission

    To be a regional leader in driving collaboration and strategy within our communities on issues that are critical to the economic growth, quality of life and sustainability of this region.

  • Planning

    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. 

  • Transportation

    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.

Serving its member governments for over 40 years

Wayne Strickland Receives VAPDC President’s Award

Mar 05, 2014

Wayne Strickland was recently honored to receive the Virginia Wayne StricklandPlanning District Commission’s first ever President’s Award during the VAPDC’s 2014 Winter Conference in Richmond, VA. The award recognizes an individual for:

‘exemplifying with distinction, the ideals of regional cooperation, planning, and development within the Commonwealth of Virginia.’

For over 25 years, Mr. Strickland has served the Roanoke Valley and Alleghany Highlands as the Executive Director of the Regional Commission. He is currently the longest tenured Planning District Commission Executive Director in the state, further solidifying his track record in creating, supporting, and sustaining a spirit of collaboration and cooperation throughout our region. 

The VAPDC represents the 21 planning districts throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and works to bring diverse resources together at the regional level in partnership with local, state, and federal entities to strengthen all regions and the Commonwealth. 


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2014 Bike, Hike, & Bus Maps Now Available

Mar 05, 2014

BBH CoverThe Regional Commission has released its all new Bike, Hike, & Bus Map. Explore every section of the region’s numerous greenways, in addition to the Carvin’s Cove trail system and more. Find information for all of Valley Metro’s route system, including an all new Smartway Schedule. Please acknowledge and support the sponsors that help us bring these maps to the region: NovozymesRide SolutionsRoanoke City Parks and Rec., Roanoke County Parks and Rec., the Roanoke Valley Greenways, East Coasters, Underdog Bikes.

Click here to request a free map from RIDE Solutions. 

For bulk requests, email tgodsey@rvarc.org


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Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals – 2014 Webinar Schedule

Feb 04, 2014

APBPThe Regional Commission will host the following webinars from the 2014 APBP Professional Development Webinars Series. All webinars will be held at the Regional Commission (upstairs conference room) from 3:00 – 4:00 pm. Webinars are open to all interested parties and individuals and are offered free of charge. RSVP is not required. Most presentations offer credit for professional certification. Visit www.apbp.org for additional information.         

  • All In: The Value of Investing in Complete and Green Streets (3/19/2014)
  • Public Health Benefits of Active Transportation (4/16/2014)
  • Best Planning and Engineering Practices for School Zones (5/21/2014)
  • Calming Arterial Streets for Safer Walking and Cycling (6/18/2014)
  • Transform Bicycling and Walking Outside the Urban Context (8/20/2014)
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