RVARC FY 2014 Comprehensive Work Program

RVARC FY 2014 Comprehensive Work Program

COMPREHENSIVE
WORK PROGRAM
FY 2014
ADOPTED MAY 23 , 2013
WORK PROGRAMS PLANNING URBAN
TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS TECHNICAL
ASSISTANCE LOCAL PROJECTS
STRATEGIC PLANNING TIP RSTP TA
PARTNERSHIP FOR A LIVABLE ROANOKE
VALLEY ANNUAL WORK RURAL
TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS RVAMPO
CORRIDOR STUDIES BICYCLE PEDESTRIAN
GREENWAY TRAIL PLANNING PUBLIC
TRANSPORTATION PLANNING
CONGESTION MANAGEMENT PLAN
BROADBAND AND FIBER ANALYSIS
STORMWATER MANAGEMENT BLUE
WAY MAPPING TREE CANOPY
PROTECTION ARTS AND CULUTRAL
ECONOMIC IMPACTS ASSESSMENTS
BLUE RIDGE INTERAGENCY COUNCIL ON
HOMELESSNESS REGIONAL LEADERSHIP
COLLABORATION IMPLAN GRANT
WRITING DATA CENTER PUBLIC
RELATIONS RIDE SOLUTIONS STRATEGIC
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WORKFORCE
DEVELOPMENT WORK PROGRAMS
PLANNING URBAN TRANSPORTATION
PROJECTS TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
LOCAL PROJECTS STRATEGIC PLANNING
TIP RSTP TA PARTNERSHIP FOR A LIVABLE
ROANOKE VALLEY ANNUAL WORK
RURAL TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS
RVAMPO CORRIDOR STUDIES BICYCLE
PEDESTRIAN GREENWAY TRAIL
PLANNING PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
PLANNING CONGESTION
MANAGEMENT PLAN BROADBAND AND
FIBER ANALYSIS STORMWATER
MANAGEMENT BLUE WAY MAPPING
TREE CANOPY PROTECTION ARTS AND
CULUTRAL ECONOMIC IMPACTS
ASSESSMENTS BLUE RIDGE COUNCIL ON
HOMELESSNESS REGIONAL LEADERSHIP
COLLABORATION IMPLAN GRANT
WRITING DATA CENTER PUBLIC
RELATIONS RIDE SOLUTIONS STRATEGIC
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Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission
FY 2014 Comprehensive Work Program
Table of Contents
Page
Staff …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 1
Overview ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 2
Service Area Map …………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 3
Acronyms ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 4
Regional Projects ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 5
Local Projects ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 12
Other …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 14
Urban Transportation Projects …………………………………………………………………… 16
Rural Transportation Projects ……………………………………………………………………………… 22
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STAFF
Executive Director Planning Staff
Wayne G. Strickland Cristina Finch, AICP, LEED AP, Regional Planner III
Jake Gilmer, AICP, LEED GA, Senior Planner
Tyler Godsey, Communications Manager & Sustainability
Programs Technician
Jeremy Holmes, LEED GA, Alternative
Transportation Coordinator
Administrative Staff Mark McCaskill, AICP, Senior Planner
Olivia Dooley, Director of Finance
Matt Miller, GISP, Director of Information
Jackie L. Pace, Office Manager Services
Shane Sawyer, Regional Planner III
Eddie Wells, AICP, CZA, Senior Planner
NOTES:
AICP American Institute of Certified Planners
CZA Certified Zoning Administrator
GISP Geographic Information System Professional
LEED AP Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Professional
LEED GA Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Green Associate
Mailing Address: Physical Address:
P.O. Box 2569 313 Luck Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24010 Roanoke, VA 24016
Ph:540-343-4417 rvarc@rvarc.org www.rvarc.org
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OVERVIEW
The annual Comprehensive Work Program is the basis for achieving the objectives and strategies outlined
in the Roanoke Valley Alleghany Regional Commission’s Strategic Plan. The Commission strives to
maximize its limited staff and resources by developing a comprehensive work plan based on current needs
and priorities of the region.
This Work Program is a compilation of projects presented by Commission members, Chief
Administrative Officials, the Roanoke Valley Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (RVAMPO) Policy
Board, regional economic development-related organizations and staff. Projects are reviewed and ranked
according to importance, funding availability, staff time and other constraints. The intent is to obtain the
most benefit from the least direct cost to the local governments. Requests not included in this year’s
work program are added to a list of potential projects for future work programs. These potential projects
may be included in next year’s work program if the need still exists and funding is available.
The work program is revised annually and may be amended as deemed necessary by the member
governments that we serve.
Members of the FY 2014 Work Program Committee:
Jane Johnson, Committee Chair – City of Salem
Shannon Cox – Alleghany County
Steve Clinton – Botetourt County
Martha Murphy – Craig County
Charlotte Moore – Roanoke County
William B. Zimmerman, Jr. – City of Covington
Ray Ferris – City of Roanoke
Darlene Burcham – Town of Clifton Forge
James Ervin – Town of Rocky Mount
Mayor Brad Grose – Town of Vinton
Billy W. Martin, Sr. – Regional Commission Chairman (Ex-Officio Member)
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ACRONYM DESCRIPTIONS
AICP American Institute of Certified Planners
ARC Appalachian Regional Commission
CEDS Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy
CLRTP Constrained Long Range Transportation Plan
CMAQ Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality Improvement Program
CMP Congestion Management Plan
CTB Commonwealth Transportation Board
DEQ Department of Environmental Quality
DHCD Department of Housing & Community Development
EDA Economic Development Administration
EDD Economic Development District
EPA Environmental Protection Agency
FHWA Federal Highway Administration
FTA Federal Transit Administration
GHG Green House Gas
GIS Geographic Information System
GRTC Greater Roanoke Transit Company
HCS Highway Capacity Software
HUD Department of Housing & Urban Development
IMPLAN® Impact Analysis for Planning Software
LRTDMP Long Range Transportation Demand Management Plan
LRTP Long Range Transportation Plan
MPO Metropolitan Planning Organization
MSA Metropolitan Statistical Area
NTD National Transit Database
PDC Planning District Commission
PL Planning funds (Virginia Department of Transportation)
PM Particulate Matter
PPB Parts per Billion
PPP Public Private Partnerships
RADAR Roanoke Area Dial a Ride
RSTP Regional Surface Transportation Program
RVARC Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission
RVAMPO Roanoke Valley Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
SPR State Planning Research funds (Virginia Department of Transportation)
SRTS Safe Routes to School
TAZ Transportation Analysis Zones
TE Transportation Enhancement
TDM Transportation Demand Management
TDP Transit Development Plan
TIP Transportation Improvement Program
TMA Transportation Management Area
TMDL Total Maximum Daily Load
UHSTS Unified Human Services Transportation System
UZA Urbanized Area Boundary
VAPDC Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions
VDOT Virginia Department of Transportation
VDRPT Virginia Department of Rail & Public Transportation
VTRANS Virginia Statewide Long-Range Transportation Plan
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REGIONAL SUPPORT ACTIVITIES
(Projects involving two or more localities)
RVARC Strategic Plan Implementation Phase I
The staff will facilitate discussions of possible shared services and procurement among member
governments.
Work with member governments and the Roanoke Regional Partnership on expanding “Ready to Go”
business/industrial parks by examining existing sites, providing research support when needed, helping to
prepare grants, preparing GIS maps, and also provide technical support in any effort among local
governments to jointly develop sites.
Staff will research the best approach for promoting internal marketing of the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany
area and work with other regional organizations to determine the best way to pursue an internal
marketing effort.
Localities Served: Cities of Covington, Roanoke and Salem, Counties of Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig,
Franklin and Roanoke and the Towns of Clifton Forge, Rocky Mount and Vinton
Project Leader: Wayne Strickland
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: Local Governments – 110 hrs. (These activities could take more than
110 hours and it would require assistance from other staff members)
Economic Development Planning
Staff will work with the localities to promote economic development in the region, including updating the
annual report required by the Economic Development Administration; continue to support tourism
initiatives with grant writing and coordination of project activities and work with the Work Force
Development board as needed. Staff will also work with the various organizations in the region to
examine workforce related issues such as the gap in skilled labor, the changing demand for specific skills in
the labor force, future needs in workforce training, etc.
Localities Served: Cities of Covington, Roanoke and Salem, Counties of Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig,
Franklin and Roanoke and Towns of Clifton Forge, Rocky Mount and Vinton
Project Leader: Eddie Wells
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: DHCD – 245 hrs., ARC – 95 hrs., Local Governments – 34
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Partnership for a Livable Roanoke Valley
The Partnership for a Livable Roanoke Valley seeks to promote economic opportunity and a greater
quality of life for all Roanoke Valley residents through the development of the Valley’s first coordinated
regional plan. Central to the process will be identifying how local governments, businesses, and
nonprofits can bring together their separate efforts to address issues of mutual concern.
The results of Livable Roanoke Valley will include the following:
A Better Understanding of Citizen’s Values & Priorities. Through a series of intensive public workshops and a
telephone survey of 1,000 citizens, attain a better understanding of the values, priorities, and
opportunities for our region.
A Picture of Our Potential Futures. Develop stories about different futures for the Roanoke Valley based on
an understanding of key trends in the region and nation. These are not predictions, but are possibilities
that are dependent upon the choices we make going forward.
A Livability Strategy. Develop a small number of integrated strategies to increase jobs and the quality of life
of our communities. These strategies will be tested to ensure that they can be successful, even in the face
of future challenges.
Measures of Success. Key organizations and citizens will be given the information they need to track the
success of the strategies and progress towards meeting our common goals.
Localities Served: Cities of Roanoke and Salem, Counties of Botetourt, Craig, Franklin and Roanoke and
Town of Vinton
Project Leader: Jake Gilmer
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: HUD – 500 hrs., Local Governments – 100 hrs.
Roanoke Valley Broadband/Fiber Analysis Phase II
Staff will continue to support local government efforts related
to the regional high-speed broadband initiative by providing
meeting coordination, grant writing and procurement of any
additional professional services.
Localities Served: Cities of Roanoke and Salem, Counties of
Botetourt and Roanoke and Town of Vinton Project Leader: Matt Miller
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: DHCD – 90 hrs.
Roanoke Regional StormWater Management Support
Staff will coordinate support of the Roanoke Regional Stormwater Management and Technical
Committees through activities such as updating local government staff in addressing the requirements of
new stormwater regulations, determining stormwater-related activities that could be handled on a
regional basis, coordinating the development of a regional stormwater advisory committee composed of
businesses, non-profits and other stakeholders.
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Localities Served: Cities of Roanoke and Salem, Counties of Botetourt, Franklin and Roanoke and the Town
of Vinton
Project Leader: Shane Sawyer
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: DHCD – 115 hrs.
Roanoke River TMDL Implementation Plan
Staff will continue to work with the consulting firm employed to do the TMDL Plan and the Department
of Environmental Quality with development of a TMDL Implementation Plan in the Roanoke River
Watershed.
Localities Served: Cities of Roanoke and Salem, Counties of Botetourt and Roanoke and Town of Vinton
Project Leader: Eddie Wells
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: DEQ – 7 hrs
Upper James River Resource & Conservation Effort
Staff will continue to participate on the Upper James River Resource and Conservation Development
board.
Localities Served: City of Covington, Counties of Alleghany,
Botetourt and Craig, and Town of Clifton Forge
Project Leader: Shane Sawyer
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: Local Governments – 24
hrs.
Roanoke River Public Blue Way
Mapping
Staff will develop interactive and printable “Roanoke Valley Blue Way” maps for the Roanoke River from
the Montgomery County/Roanoke County boundary to the Roanoke County/Franklin County boundary.
Mapping will include river access points, amenities, way finding information, float times and distances, and
other Blue Way information.
Localities Served: Cities of Roanoke and Salem, County of Roanoke and Town of Vinton
Project Leader: Shane Sawyer
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: Local Governments – 175hrs.
Urban Forestry/Tree Canopy Protection
Staff will continue to participate in the Roanoke Valley Urban Forestry Council and work with local
governments, the Virginia Department of Forestry and local stakeholders to maintain and protect the
urban forest in the Roanoke Region and the associated benefits.
Localities Served: Cities of Roanoke and Salem, County of Roanoke and Town of Vinton
Project Leader: Shane Sawyer
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: Local Governments – 24 hrs.
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Regional Leadership Collaboration
Staff will coordinate and facilitate regular meetings of the Mayors and Chairs, as well as Chief
Administrative Officials in the region. Staff will continue to work with the Regional Coalition for Economic
Development on future leadership trips.
Localities Served: Cities of Covington, Roanoke and Salem, Counties of Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig,
Franklin and Roanoke and the Towns of Clifton Forge, Rocky Mount and Vinton
Project Leader: Wayne G. Strickland
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: Local Governments – 121 hrs., ARC – 13 hrs.
Regional Arts and Cultural Economic Impact Assessment
Staff will prepare a report showing the estimated economic impact that existing arts & cultural
organizations have on the economy of the region.
Localities Served: Cities of Covington, Roanoke and Salem, Counties of Alleghany, Botetourt and
Roanoke, the Towns of Clifton Forge and Vinton
Project Leader: Matt Miller
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: Local – 145 hrs.
Assistance to the Blue Ridge Interagency Council on Homelessness
Staff will continue coordination of the Interagency Council and related tasks as needed to encourage and
facilitate cooperation between local governments, service providers and community based organizations
to address homelessness in the Blue Ridge Continuum of Care region.
Localities Served: Cities of Covington, Roanoke and Salem, Counties of Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig, and
Roanoke and Towns of Clifton Forge and Vinton
Project Leader: Shane Sawyer
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: DHCD – 87 hrs., ARC – 13
Regional Planners Training
Staff will coordinate and facilitate training sessions to
assist planners in remaining abreast of current planning
issues and best practices and to maintain AICP
certification.
Localities Served: Cities of Covington, Roanoke and
Salem, Counties of Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig,
Franklin and Roanoke and the Towns of Clifton Forge,
Rocky Mount and Vinton
Project Leader: Eddie Wells
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: Local Governments
– 48 hrs.
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General Technical Assistance
The staff will research, develop, maintain, and analyze data for use in a variety of technical support and
planning support activities, including legislative issues relevant to the region.
Localities Served: Cities of Covington, Roanoke and Salem, Counties of Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig,
Franklin and Roanoke and the Towns of Clifton Forge, Rocky Mount and Vinton
Project Leader: Staff
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: Local Governments – 241 hrs., ARC – 141 hrs.
Grant Writing
The staff will continue to provide assistance to localities in writing grant applications and researching
funding opportunities for regional and local development projects. Project includes attendance at grant
workshops.
Localities Served: Cities of Covington, Roanoke and Salem, Counties of Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig,
Franklin and Roanoke and the Towns of Clifton Forge, Rocky Mount and Vinton
Project Leader: Staff
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: DHCD – 149 hrs., ARC – 74 hrs.
IMPLAN®
Staff will assist localities and regional partners with estimating economic impact of a variety of projects
and events upon request.
Localities Served: Cities of Covington, Roanoke and Salem, Counties of Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig,
Franklin and Roanoke and Towns of Clifton Forge, Rocky Mount and Vinton
A request has been received from the New River Valley PDC to assist them with an economic impact
assessment of Radford University. The Regional Commission would subcontract with the New River
Valley PDC to analyze the economic impact of the University on the regional economy.
Localities Served: Radford University and surrounding localities
Project Leader: Matt Miller
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: 85 hrs.
Public Relations and Outreach
The staff will continue with publication of brochures, newsletters, website update, social media and other
outreach activities to promote activities and programs of the Commission. Staff will continue
implementing the Public Relations and Communications Plan.
Localities Served: Cities of Covington, Roanoke and Salem, Counties of Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig,
Franklin and Roanoke and the Towns of Clifton Forge, Rocky Mount and
Vinton.
Project Leader: Tyler Godsey
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: Local Governments – 215 hrs., ARC 65 hrs.
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State Data Center
Staff will continue its role as regional clearinghouse for demographic
and economic development information and related data.
 Disseminate data from the 2010 Census and American
Community Survey.
 GRANT System – Staff will compile an email distribution list
of local government staff and other interested parties from
the region and electronically distribute notices of relevant
grant opportunities from federal and state agencies as well as private foundations.
 Regional Intern Program – Staff will manage the Commission’s internship program and formulate
formal procedures and policies regarding application to the program, attendance, and supervision.
 Regional Planning Library – Staff will continue to maintain and improve library organization and
operation to increase its usefulness to Commission members, businesses, and citizens in the
region.
Localities Served: Cities of Covington, Roanoke and Salem, Counties of Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig,
Franklin and Roanoke and the Towns of Clifton Forge, Rocky Mount and Vinton
Project Leader: Staff
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: DHCD – 150 hrs.
Ridesharing/Alternative Transportation
Projects
Staff will continue to operate RIDE Solutions, the regional transportation
demand management (TDM) program, to create a greater public awareness
of commuting options to address air quality and other environmental issues,
as well as stimulate economic vitality by offering a cost-saving alternative to
driving alone. The program’s work will include, but not be limited to, the following areas:
 Promote TDM strategies through traditional marketing and outreach efforts. Emphasize employer
outreach and partnerships as the primary deployment of TDM strategies in the region, with
particular emphasis on the creation of commuter choice incentives such as the tax-deferred
transit and vanpool benefits.
 Act as the regional coordinator for the Telework!VA program to promote telework as a
commute option. Find creative applications for Telework!VA incentives, including marketing the
region as a destination for Northern Virginia teleworkers wanting to relocate but retain their
current jobs.
 Manage the RIDE Solutions database carpool-match database, Guaranteed Ride Home benefit,
web pages, general on-line presence, member’s needs, grant writing, bookkeeping, advertising,
public outreach, and information requests. Provide other survey and statistical analysis for the
region’s public transportation and park-and-ride systems.
 Determine the demand for possible ridesharing in the Franklin County area.
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 Support regional pursuit of the League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly Community and
Bicycle Friendly Business designation by continued staff support on working groups and by offering
consultation services to governments and businesses that are completing their applications.
 Organize and promote regional Bike Month events.
 Continue focus on transit support in the three regions served by RIDE Solutions.
Localities Served: Cities of Bedford, Covington, Lynchburg, Radford, Roanoke and Salem, Counties of
Alleghany, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Botetourt, Campbell, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles,
Montgomery, Pulaski and Roanoke, Towns of Alta Vista, Amherst, Appomattox, Blacksburg, Brookneal,
Christiansburg, Clifton Forge, Dublin, Pearisburg, Rocky Mount and Vinton
Project Leader: Jeremy Holmes
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: Local Governments – 478 hrs., VDRPT – 913 hrs.
Save-a-Ton Marketing Campaign
Staff will manage website content for the regional Save-a-Ton marketing
campaign. Save-a-Ton connects citizens to local energy savings solutions
through a regional marketing campaign that drives customers to the
saveaton.org website, which serves as a one-stop portal for services and
strategies to save money on energy costs. Staff will work with an executive
and advisory committee of local governments and other stakeholders to
keep website content updated and current, and to assist a marketing
subcommittee with the execution of the regional marketing campaign.
Localities Served: Cities of Roanoke and Salem, the County of Roanoke and Town of Vinton
Project Leader: Jeremy Holmes
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: Local Governments – 52 hrs.
Volunteers for Energy Program
Staff will continue with follow up assessments on audits that have been previously completed to
determine what suggestions were implemented and what the cost savings have been.
Localities Served: Cities of Covington, Roanoke and Salem, Counties of Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig,
Franklin and Roanoke and the Towns of Clifton Forge, Rocky Mount and Vinton
Project Leader: Tyler Godsey
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: Local Governments – 20 hrs.
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LOCAL PROJECTS
Alleghany General Technical Assistance
Staff will assist the County with review and update of its Emergency Operations Plan.
Staff will assist the County with a review of existing zoning and subdivision ordinances to ensure
compliance with State Code Requirements.
Project Leader: Eddie Wells
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: Local Governments – 55 hrs., ARC – 55 hrs.
Botetourt County Strategic Trail Plan
Staff will assist the County stakeholder group with implementation of a Strategic Trail Plan.
Project Leader: Shane Sawyer
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: Local Governments – 50 hrs., ARC – 50 hrs.
Clifton Forge Technical Assistance
Staff will assist the Town with grant writing to fund development of the old Clifton Forge High School &
East Elementary School buildings into housing.
Project Leader: Eddie Wells
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: Local Governments – 20 hrs., ARC – 20 hrs.
Covington Technical Assistance
Staff will assist the City with planning for revitalization and rehabilitation of the historic downtown area.
Project Leader: Eddie Wells
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: Local Governments – 55 hrs., ARC – 55 hrs.
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Franklin County Technical Assistance
Staff will assist the County and the Town of Rocky Mount with a study of residential, commercial and
industrial demand for natural gas in the U.S. 220 corridor.
Localities Served: County of Franklin
Project Leader: Matt Miller
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: Local Governments – 50 hrs.
Town of Rocky Mount
Staff will assist the Town with an update to its comprehensive plan mapping.
Localities Served: Town of Rocky Mount
Project Leader: Eddie Wells
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: Local Governments – 50 hrs.
Town of Vinton
Staff will assist the Town with a feasibility study to identify development options for the former Roland E.
Cook Elementary School.
Localities Served: Town of Vinton
Project Leader: Eddie Wells
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: Local Governments – 50 hrs.
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OTHER
National, State, Regional and Local Collaborative Efforts
Staff will promote and assist with regional planning initiatives by participating in the following local, regional,
state and national organizations.
National
 National Association of Development Organizations Board
Southeastern Regional Directors Institute Board
 Development District Association of Appalachia and Network Appalachia
State
 American Planning Association, Virginia Chapter: New River Valley – Roanoke Section
 Bike Virginia Board
 Virginia Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations
 Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions
 Virginia Association of Zoning Officials
 Virginia Citizens Planning Education Association of Virginia Board of Directors
 Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Recreational Trails Advisory Committee
 Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) Statewide Multi-Modal and Public
Space Design Guidelines committee
Regional
 AECP/ES Green Living and Energy Expo Planning Committee
 Blue Ridge Transportation Safety Board
 Blue Ridge Interagency Council of Homelessness
 Citizens for Clean and Green Sustainability Committee
 Cool Cities Coalition
 Council of Community Services Board
 Greater Roanoke Valley Asthma and Air Quality Coalition
 I-81 Corridor Coalition
 Pathfinders for Greenways Board
 Regional Bicycle Advisory Committee
 Regional Stormwater Technical Committee
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 Partnership for a Livable Roanoke Valley
 Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce Board
 Roanoke Regional Housing Network
 Roanoke Valley Area GIS Managers Users Group
 Roanoke Valley Greenway Commission
 Roanoke Valley Urban Forestry Council
 Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce
 Senior Citizens Coordination Council
 Trans-Dominion Express Committee
 United Way of the Roanoke Valley Board
 United Way Community Investment Panel
 Upper Roanoke River Roundtable Advisory Committee
 Upper James River Resource Conservation and Development District (RC&D)
 Virginia Western Community College
 Virginia Western Community College-Integrated Environmental Studies Advisory Group
 Virginia Western Community College – Geospatial Program Lay Advisory Committee
Local
 City of Roanoke Bicycle Friendly Community Advisory Committee
 City of Roanoke Bicycle Friendly Community Advisory Committee – Increasing Bicycle Use
Subcommittee
 City of Roanoke Downtown Mobility Workgroup
 City of Roanoke School System ROTEC Advisory Committee
 Citizens for Clean & Green
 Vinton Downtown Revitalization Committee
 Virginia’s Western Highlands Travel Council
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URBAN TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS
Long-Range Transportation Planning
The next Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan (CLRTP 2040) must be completed and adopted by
the summer of 2015. FY 2014 CLRTP activities will focus on technical aspects of the planning process and
FY 2015 activities will focus on writing the CLRTP 2040 narrative and the public involvement process.
1) CLRTP 2035 Amendments: Any additional activities required for any potential amendments
or adjustments to CLRTP 2035, in order to reflect additional funds than could be added to the
original financial constraint.
2) Transportation Performance Measures: Integration and tracking of appropriate long-range
transportation planning performance measures into the CLRTP 2040 process.
3) Air Quality and Environmental Analysis: All applicable air-quality or environmental analyses
that may be required by the federal EPA. Currently, RVAMPO is in an Ozone Early Action
Compact – Early Action Plan area and is not subject to conformity analysis. However, this
situation could change with the introduction of new federal standards.
4) Official Public Meeting Concerning Long-Range Planning Assumptions: This will be the
seventh in a series of yearly public meetings concerning the long-range planning process and its
assumptions.
5) Scenario Planning: The Partnership for a Livable Roanoke Valley http://livableroanoke.org/ is
developing a planning process resulting from a joint USDOT, EPA and HUD Sustainability Grant.
The Livable Roanoke process will be completing its 3-year planning process in FY 2014. It is
anticipated that the Livable Roanoke Valley process will develop and publish a set of 4 in-depth
future scenarios that can be used for a variety of planning processes including long-range
transportation planning.
6) Transportation and Land Use Archival System Maintenance: A yearly update of the
transportation and land use data archival system for updating transportation and land use data on
a regular basis so that “time series” or “snapshot” data analysis can be performed in future longrange
transportation planning processes.
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7) TAZs, Socioeconomic Data and Model Network: In partnership with the local governments
and VDOT, RVAMPO staff will finalize the CLRTP 2040 Transportation Analysis Zones (TAZs),
the socioeconomic data within the TAZs and the CLRTP 2040 transportation network.
8) Feasibility of formal “Mode Choice” step in regional Travel Demand Model: In
partnership with VDOT and VDRPT, RVAMPO staff will evaluate the feasibility of recommending
that a formal “mode choice” step be added to the Travel Demand Model.
9) Public Private Partnerships (PPP) Integration: Any staff actions necessary to integrate
potential PPP projects into the CLRTP 2040 fiscal constraint if applicable.
Localities Served: Cities of Roanoke and Salem, Counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Montgomery and Roanoke,
and Town of Vinton
Project Leader: Mark McCaskill
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: PL – 875 hrs., FTA – 79 hrs., Local Governments – 105 hrs.
Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), Regional Surface
Transportation Program (RSTP), Transportation Alternatives
(TA) and Performance Measures Reporting
Staff will develop a new TIP, the annual listing of projects with federal obligations (federal funds), collect
data and analyze for annual listing of performance measures, prepare TIP process for anticipated
incorporation of RSTP and CMAQ funds in future TIPs.
Additional activities covered in this task may include but are not limited to:
 Preparation of TIP process for anticipated RSTP and potential CMAQ requirements.
 Data collection and analysis for yearly Performance Measures update.
 Coordination with VDOT on TIP, STIP and Six Year Improvement Program (SYIP) details,
procedures and updates.
 Coordination with FTA, VDRPT, Valley Metro (GRTC) and RADAR (UHSTS) on public
transportation related programming with regards to SYIP and TIP issues.
 Development of GIS layers to display TIP projects
 Staff evaluation and testing of web technology to display TIP projects
 Staff evaluation and/or development of an in house TIP database/project tracking system.
 Publication of the Annual Obligations Report.
Localities Served: Cities of Roanoke and Salem, Counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Montgomery and Roanoke,
and Town of Vinton
Project Leader: Cristina Finch
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: PL – 534 hrs., FTA – 90 hrs., Local Governments – 69 hrs.
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Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program
(Partnership for a Livable Roanoke Valley), Public Participation,
Environmental Justice, Stakeholder Training and Seminars
The Partnership for a Livable Roanoke will employ a large public and stakeholder engagement effort that
potentially will incorporate a variety of public involvement opportunities within the RVAMPO study area
as a form of in-kind effort between the Partnership for a Livable Roanoke Valley and the RVAMPO
planning process. The intention is that the Partnership for a Livable Roanoke Valley outreach will also
serve as a forum where public and stakeholder input concerning regional transportation issues will also be
obtained, thereby, extending the reach and effectiveness of the traditional RVAMPO public involvement
process.
In addition to the Partnership for a Livable Roanoke Valley outreach activities, traditional RVAMPO public
and stakeholder involvement activities will include but are not limited to the following:
1) Focus Groups or Neighborhood Group Discussions: Staff will continue to schedule a series of
focus groups with neighborhood groups, civic leagues and/or other defined groups.
2) MPO Website Strategy: The RVAMPO website should be periodically revaluated and updated to
ensure a smooth user interface. Staff will research and begin to implement “Web 2.0” public
participation strategies.
3) MPO Demographic Profiles: RVAMPO Demographic Profiles will be updated depending on
suitability of US Census Bureau, American Community Survey data.
4) Webinars, Teleconferences and Seminars: RVAMPO staff will select relevant MPO related
teleconferences and make arrangements to host a teleconference download site for local planners,
citizens and other interested parties. A discussion will follow each teleconference concerning
how RVAMPO staff may apply concepts from the teleconference in the long-range planning
process.
5) RVAMPO Public Involvement Policy and Title VI Plan Updates: Any applicable updates to
either the RVAMPO Public Involvement Policy or RVAMPO Title VI Plan.
6) Citizens (Community) Advisory Committee (CAC) Restoration: The citizens advisory group to
the RVAMPO has alternatively been called the Community Advisory Committee or the Citizens
Advisory Committee in the past. The CAC will be restored and begin to function anew in FY
2014.
Localities Served: Cities of Roanoke and Salem, Counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Montgomery and Roanoke,
and Town of Vinton
Project Leader: Mark McCaskill
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: PL – 640 hrs., Local Governments – 71 hrs.
Air Quality Planning
The Federal EPA has announced its intention to further revise the 8-hour Ozone standard to a value
within the 60 ppb to 70 ppb range, to be announced in the summer of 2013. Staff has begun the
groundwork to monitoring both fine particulate PM2.5 and initial research into Greenhouse Gasses
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(GHGs) should action or compliance be required for those two classes of pollutants in addition to ground
level Ozone.
Localities Served: Cities of Roanoke and Salem, Counties of Botetourt and Roanoke, and Town of Vinton
Project Leader: Mark McCaskill
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: PL – 248 hrs., Local Governments – 27 hrs.
Corridor Studies, Area Studies and Safety Planning
Staff will analyze the following corridors and areas suggested by local governments and other
stakeholders. Analysis of each corridor or area may include: access management, corridor simulation
(software), intersection evaluation, operations evaluation, transit/bicycle/pedestrian connections and
parking availability/accessibility/issues.
 Exit 150 small area transportation and land-use analysis/master plan
 US 11 / 460 west of Salem to study area boundary Phase II
 City of Roanoke Downtown Parking Study Phase III
 Synchro and/or HCS corridor analysis
Localities Served: Cities of Roanoke and Salem, and Counties of Roanoke and Botetourt
Project Leader: Mark McCaskill
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: PL – 626 hrs., Local Governments – 69 hrs.
RVAMPO Bicycle, Pedestrian, Greenway and Trails Planning
Staff will focus on non-motorized transportation planning and infrastructure related to non-motorized
modes of transportation.
1) Regional Pedestrian Plan – Staff will develop an MPO area pedestrian plan that combines
elements from the regional greenway master plan and regional corridor and area studies into one
overall pedestrian plan. The regional pedestrian plan will include sidewalk, greenway, trails, paths
and other pedestrian related infrastructure.
2) Regional Pedestrian/Bicycle Advisory Board – Staff will continue to participate in the recently
created Regional Pedestrian/Bicycle Advisory Committee, City of Roanoke BAC, Regional
Greenway Commission, Regional Greenway Commission Standards and Design Subcommittee,
Joint Greenway Commission-Pathfinders Marketing, PR and Education Subcommittee and other
committees as appointed.
3) General Assistance to Local Governments and Greenway Commission – MPO Staff assistance,
public information materials design, and other areas as necessary.
4) Mapping Assistance to Local Governments and Greenway Commission – MPO staff will assist
with greenway mapping needs.
5) Website Assistance to Greenway Commission – Staff will assist Greenway Commission in
updating maps, graphics, illustrations and other aspects of Greenway Commission website.
6) Grant Assistance for Greenway Development – Staff will assist the Regional Greenway
Commission with identifying and pursuing state, local, federal and private grants for greenway
implementation.
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7) Continued Greenway Monitoring and Trail User Counts – Staff will continue to expand the
greenway usage monitoring/estimation system for using during all seasons. Monitoring system will
include deployment of additional trail counters and other monitors as available.
8) City of Roanoke Bike Lanes and Bicycle Usage Counts – RVAMPO will partner with the City
of Roanoke to develop base line bicycle usage counts for recently installed bike lanes and other
facilities.
9) Botetourt County Strategic Trail Plan and Mapping Assistance – Staff will assist Botetourt
County with trail planning and mapping assistance within the RVAMPO.
Localities Served: Cities of Roanoke and Salem, Counties of Botetourt and Roanoke, and Town of Vinton
Project Leader: Shane Sawyer
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: PL – 887 hrs., Local Government – 98 hrs.
General Technical Assistance & Technical Support Activities
Staff will research, develop, maintain, and analyze data for use in a variety of technical support and
planning support activities. Work activities will be organized around the following subtasks.
 General Technical Assistance to local governments, planners and citizens as requested.
 Technical Support Activities – a variety of planning support activities to support work
program projects and/or the general planning process (i.e., turning movement counts).
 Support to Statewide Multimodal Planning – as needed
Localities Served: Cities of Roanoke and Salem, Counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Montgomery and Roanoke,
and Town of Vinton
Project Leader: Staff
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: PL – 755 hrs., FTA – 100 hrs., Local Governments Local Governments
– 95 hrs.
Public Transportation Planning Assistance
Staff will assist the two major public transportation agencies, Valley Metro (GRTC) – fixed route transit –
and RADAR (UHSTS) – with regularly required transportation planning assistance to complete a variety
of functions and plan for service enhancements.
 National Transit Database (NTD) on-board survey support – Staff will be responsible for
accomplishing approximately half of the on-board surveys, and for collecting and analyzing the
resulting data.
 Regional Transit Vision Plan – Staff will partner with GRTC, RADAR and local governments to
develop a regional transit vision plan that includes a vision for future transit service, transit
coverage and transit operations.
 Transit Development Plans (TDP) Assistance – Staff will assist with plan review, amendments,
analysis or updates needed by either Valley Metro or Radar.
 Transit Route Analysis and Mapping Assistance – for both Valley Metro and RADAR pending
updated transit route or schedules.
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 Human Services-Public Transit Coordinated Transportation Planning – In FY2009, the
Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (VDRPT) updated the existing Human
Services-Public Transit Coordinated Transportation Plan for the Planning District Commission
that encompasses the RVAMPO. There will likely be plan adoption procedures, plan review
and/or plan amendments needed in FY 2014.
 Google Transit Data Maintenance – Staff will take over GRTC data related to their presence
on Google Transit. Staff will maintain and update data as needed to ensure Google Transit
searches yield relevant results for the RVAMPO.
 Assistance with Planning Bus Stop Improvements – Staff assistance related to the location,
accessibility and improvements to fixed route bus stops.
 Passenger Rail and Public Transit Coordination – any needed analysis or assistance regarding
anticipated return of intercity passenger rail to Roanoke by 2016.
Localities Served: Cities of Roanoke and Salem, Counties of Craig and Roanoke, and Town of Vinton
Project Leader: Cristina Finch
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: FTA – 1,746 hrs., Local Governments – 194 hrs.
Congestion Management Process (CMP) – Phase II
RVAMPO became officially designated as a Transportation Management Area (TMA) in FY 2013. MPOs
that are also TMA’s are required to develop a Congestion Management Process (CMP) plan for the MPO.
A CMP plan will include the following elements:
 Development of congestion management objectives;
 Establishment of measures of multimodal transportation system performance;
 Collection of data and system performance monitoring to define the extent and duration of
congestion and determine the causes of congestion;
 Identification of congestion management strategies;
 Implementation plan for activities, including identification of an implementation schedule and
possible funding sources for each strategy; and,
 Evaluation of the effectiveness of implemented strategies.
Localities Served: Cities of Roanoke and Salem, Counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Montgomery and Roanoke,
and Town of Vinton
Project Leader: Mark McCaskill
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: PL – 504 hrs., Local Governments – 56 hrs.
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RURAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS
Rural Public Transportation
Staff will assist with planning and development of rural public transportation service in the region. This
will include the following projects:
 Regional Transit Vision Plan – Staff will partner with GRTC, RADAR, DRPT, and local
governments, to develop a regional transit vision plan that includes a vision for future transit
service, transit coverage, and operations. The plan will cover the entire Regional
Commission service area and will also be supported by the Roanoke Valley Area MPO.
 Craig County Public Transportation Service – Staff will assist the County in the
development of new public transportation service in Craig County if approved by County
officials
 Mountain Express Service – Review of the Mountain Express service in the Alleghany
Highlands and changes to service map and flyer.
 Clifton Forge Projects – Relocation of the AMTRAK passenger rail station and possible
shuttle service between Douthat State Park and Clifton
Localities Served: City of Covington and Counties of Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig and Town of Clifton
Forge
Project Leader: Jake Gilmer
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: SPR – 224 hrs., Local Governments – 56 hrs.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning
Staff will assist with planning and development of non-motorized transportation infrastructure, such as
sidewalks, trails, greenways, bike lanes, and other facilities. This will include the following projects:
 Pedestrian Infrastructure Mapping – Identify gaps in pedestrian infrastructure such as
missing sidewalk segments. Provide a shape file with lat/long locations to include whether the
gap is located adjacent to the roadway.
 Botetourt County Trail Development – Planning and development services to implement
the trail plan that was developed with the assistance of RVARC staff in 2012. Continue trail
counts within the Carvins Cove Nature Reserve.
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 Craig County Greenway Development – Planning and development assistance for a
greenway to connect downtown New Castle with the Craig County Sports Complex.
 Technical assistance as needed
Localities Served: City of Covington, Counties of Alleghany, Botetourt and Craig
Project Leader: Shane Sawyer
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: SPR – 300 hrs., Local Governments – 75 hrs.
Corridor Studies & Traffic Analysis
Staff will analyze of existing and future corridor conditions, as well as the evaluation of traffic conditions
at specific intersections or proposed developments. This will include the following projects:
 Route 122 Corridor Review – Inventory of the existing conditions from Burnt Chimney
to Bedford County, including analysis of average daily traffic, level-of-service, accidents,
driveway entrances, and right-of-way widths.
 Rocky Mount Site Review – Evaluate the possible traffic impacts for a variety of potential
uses on a commercial property in Rocky Mount. Recommend potential on-site and off-site
improvements that may be needed.
Localities Served: County of Franklin and Town of Rocky Mount
Project Leader: New Planner
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: SPR – 200 hrs., Local Governments – 50 hrs.
VDOT Outreach Meetings & Data Review
Staff will participate in outreach meetings and review data as requested by VDOT throughout the fiscal
year pertaining to:
 VTrans Update
 Functional Classification Update
 Virginia Surface Transportation Plan Update (VSTP)
 Park and Ride Lots Inventory / Study
 Bicycle and Pedestrian planning
 Freight planning
 Other meetings as requested
Localities Served: City of Covington, Counties of Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig and Roanoke, and Town of
Clifton Forge
Project Leader: Jake Gilmer
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: SPR – 80 hrs., Local Governments – 20 hrs.
General Technical Assistance
Staff will research, develop, maintain, and analyze data for use in a variety of technical support and
planning support activities. Work activities will be organized around the following subtasks.
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 General Technical Assistance to local governments, planners and citizens as requested.
 Technical Support Activities – a variety of planning support activities to support work
program projects and/or the general planning process (i.e. turning movement counts).
 Regional Greenways Mapping Assistance – GPS and mapping assistance.
 Transportation Alternative Assistance – Local government assistance on the preparation of
Transportation Alternative (TA) grants as needed.
 Review of Traffic Impact Analysis – Assist local governments in their review and
consideration of traffic impact analysis, as required under Chapter 527 regulations.
 VTRANS Performance Measures – Assist VDOT with the collection of data relevant to
VTRANS 2035 performance measures.
Localities Served: City of Covington, Counties of Alleghany, Craig and Roanoke and Town of Clifton Forge
Project Leader: Jake Gilmer
Funding Source & Estimated Hours: SPR – 50 hrs., Local Governments – 12 hrs.

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