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Charlottesville Albemarle MPO is Highlighted in New Nationwide Guidebook from Transportation for America

The Innovative MPO, released today by Transportation for America, is a new guidebook for staff and board members of metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs). The guide showcases best practices from across the country to showcase ways MPOs can help their communities prosper.

The Charlottesville Albemarle MPO, a component of the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TDPDC) is highlighted in the guidebook as a national leader, and a model for other MPOs to follow. Specifically, the report praises the MPO's use of a Housing and Transportation Affordability Index developed by the Center for Neighborhood Technology to examine six different neighborhoods in the TJPDC jurisdiction. The report compared the relative costs associated with buying or renting a home along with predicted travel costs for that location based on job accessibility and other factors. The analysis showed that living further from the urban core might not be as cost-effective as people think and that foreclosure rates during the recent housing crisis were higher in suburban areas than in urban ones.

The Innovative MPO is available at

Action 2020 Accomplishments and Future Actions

Input recently received at four topical sessions held in October and November will inform the creation of a 5-year (2015 to 2020) action plan to achieve the goals and objectives of the 2020 Plan: Aging in Community. Topical sessions were held in four topic areas: Transportation, Engagement/Active and Independent Living, Housing and Long-Term Care, and Healthcare.

Participants shared information on progress in the 12 years since the 2020 Plan was created, and looked forward to begin to define activities to include in the Action Plan. The progress since the publication of the 2020 Plan in 2003 has been impressive, but there is more to do to make our region a great place to age. Work groups in each topic area will flesh out the ideas from the sessions to develop descriptions, timelines, and metrics for specific activities to be included in the Action Plan. The input from the topical series is available on the Action 2020 web site at You can also sign up online to join a workgroup.

The Water Street Center- Conference Space is Now Available for Private Use

Conveniently located in downtown Charlottesville (just one block off the downtown mall), this centrally located training center and conference space is adjacent to the TJPDC offices. The Water Street Center offers a fully equiped conference space available for your next event. The Center is ideally suited to host meetings, conferences and workshops.


The Center features:

  • Movable seating for up to 58 people
  • Podium
  • Digital projector
  • Retractable Screen
  • Wall mounted pin-up boards
  • Wireless internet access
  • Self-service kitchen including sink and refrigerator

For addional details, and how to reserve, please visit the Water Street Center website.

TJPDC Announces New Partnership with Rivanna River Basin Commission

The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC) has joined in partnership with the Rivanna River Basin Commission (RRBC). The TJPD Commission gave final approval for a one year management agreement at their October 2nd meeting. Under the agreement, TJPDC will provide the RRBC with organizational support, program management and strategic planning. This arrangement will allow the RRBC board to continue to provide leadership and a forum for the discussion of watershed related issues on a watershed-wide scale.

Click here for Press Release. For more information please contact Wood Hudson at

The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission serves the localities in Planning District 10, which include the City of Charlottesville and the Counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson.

Created in 1972, the TJPDC is directed by a twelve member board, consisting of two representatives appointed by each local governing board, more than half of whom are local elected officials. The Commissioners meet monthly to discuss the activities and direction of the TJPDC.

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