Wayne Strickland was recently honored to receive the Virginia Planning 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.
The region’s first ever Congestion Management Process (CMP) Plan was approved by the Roanoke Valley Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (RVAMPO) on January 23, 2014. The CMP Plan is a new federal requirement for the RVAMPO, due to the fact that we became a Transportation Management Area (TMA) status MPO. This new TMA status is a result going over 200,000 in population within the urbanized area according to US Census Bureau definitions.
The Regional Commission and its staff viewed this new requirement as an opportunity to get ahead of future traffic congestion and to discuss multi-modal strategies to address current and future congestion. We feel that we broke new ground with our first ever CMP, compared to examples from similar sized regions that were already TMA status MPOs. Our first CMP is truly multi-modal in nature and incorporates strategies directly from local comprehensive plans, regional corridor, greenway and bicycle plans so that the strategies and suggestions from these plans can live on in our region’s first CMP. In addition, we developed a new way of internal collaborative document development where more than one staff member can work on a plan simultaneously. This allowed us to be both efficient and effective within our limited time and budget constraints. We feel that we developed a much better plan than would have been the case if we would have approached the process in a traditional manner.
You can download the CMP here. (warning large file size 19.2Mb)