Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan Available for Public Comment

Roanoke, VA – The draft Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Hazard Mitigation Plan is available for public comment. The Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission will hold public meetings where information about the region’s natural hazards, including mapping and plan drafts, will be on display. Citizens are encouraged to review them, ask questions and add their comments to the review process. A short overview presentation will be made at the start of the meeting.

The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires that local governments, as a condition of receiving federal disaster mitigation funds, have a mitigation plan that; describes the process for identifying hazards, risks, and vulnerabilities, identifies and prioritizes mitigation actions, encourages the development of local mitigation, and provides technical support for those efforts. While the plan does not establish any legal requirements for the localities, it does provide a framework for natural hazard mitigation planning. The plan identifies hazards, establishes community goals/objectives, mitigation activities that are appropriate for the region, and addresses multiple hazards including flooding, severe weather, geologic hazards, and wildfires.

The planning area for the Hazard Mitigation Plan includes the counties of Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig, and Roanoke; the cities of Covington, Roanoke and Salem; and the towns of Buchanan, Clifton Forge, Fincastle, Iron Gate, New Castle, Troutville, and Vinton. These are the same localities that participated in the 2006 and 2013 plans.

The meetings will be held on the following dates and locations. A short overview presentation will be made at the start of the open house and an hour later.

April 22, 5:00 to 7:00 pm, McCarthy Hall Room 509, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, 1000 Dabney Dr, Clifton Forge, VA 24422

April 24, 5:00 to 7:00 pm, Roanoke Higher Education Center, Room 410, 108 North Jefferson St, Roanoke, VA 24016

More information about the plan is available at http://rvarc.org/community/hazard-mitigation/ .

 

MPO Welcomes Public Comments Concerning the FY2015-2018 Transportation Improvement Program

The Roanoke Valley Area MetropolitanTIP15-18 Cover Page Planning Organization is giving the public an opportunity to request, review, read, and comment on the draft Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Fiscal Years 2015-2018 for the Roanoke Valley Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, available at www.rvarc.org.  Click the Draft FY2015-2018 TIP image to the right to review the draft document.  

For convenience, you may provide comments on the Draft TIP by clicking here and submitting your comments to us online.  

For more information and to view the currently adopted FY12-15 document, visit the TIP page on the MPO website.

The public comment period will be in effect for no fewer than 45 days from the publication of this notice.  An official “Public Hearing” will be held after the public comment period has elapsed.  This Public Hearing will be duly advertised according to applicable laws.  For special accommodations or further information, contact Bryan Hill, Phone:  540-343-4417, Fax:  540-343-4416 or E-mail: bhill@rvarc.org.  Hearing impaired persons can call 711 for access.   Thank you for your comments and participation in the Transportation Improvement Program update process!

2014 Bike, Hike, & Bus Maps Now Available

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, Roanoke Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau, Underdog Bikes.

Click here to request a free map from RIDE Solutions. 

For bulk requests, email tgodsey@rvarc.org