The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission
Welcome to www.tjpdc.org, home of the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission. TJPDC's mission is to serve our local governments by providing regional vision, collaborative leadership and professional service to develop effective solutions. For more information about the TJPDC please click here.
Eco-Logical Free Bridge Congestion Relief Project Completed
TJPDC staff has completed all work under this grant awarded through the Federal Highways Administration. As part of project deliverables, TJPDC has established a new Eco-Logical homepage which includes a description of the Eco-Logical approach, a user guide for the Tool (referred to as the Regional Ecological Framework, or REF), and a summary of the Eco-Logical Pilot Project: Free Bridge Area Congestion Relief. A Final Report detailing the use of the REF in the analysis and prioritization of transportation projects through the Commonwealth’s HB2 process is also available online.
TJPDC staff presented information about the project at three events in September and October:
TJPDC to Assist Albemarle County with Broadband Grant
On October 30, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced grant awards through the 2015 Virginia Telecommunication Planning Initiative (VATPI), including $75,000 of Tier I Level funding for Albemarle County. The VATPI program provides funding for communities to develop a comprehensive community-based telecommunications plan. Projects were selected through a two-phased process. Phase one was a letter of interest, and phase two was a detailed response. Tier I included grant awards up to $75,000, based on the telecommunication planning needs of the communities. TJPDC assisted with the grant application and has an agreement in place with Albemarle County to administer and manage the VATPI grant.
Regional Recycling Rate Report Approved by DEQ
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has approved the Thomas Jefferson Solid Waste District's 2014 combined regional recycling rate of 42%. This is an improvement over last year's combined rate of 40%. The Solid Waste District is comprised of the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, and the City of Charlottesville. The region continues to see growth in the tonnages of single stream and mixed waste recycling categories and has now exceeded the statewide average recycling rate of 41% (2013).
The Water Street Center- Conference Space is 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:
For additional details, and how to reserve, please visit the Water Street Center website.
Find us on Facebook!
In an effort to expand outreach, the TJPDC has launched a new Facebook page. We'll be posting meeting announcements, links to stories of regional interest, and news updates related to our local governments. Please visit Facebook.com/pdc10 and "Like" our page to receive these items in your Facebook feed.
TJPDC Receives Recognition at the VAPDC Winter Conference
The TJPDC was recognized with two awards during the recent VAPDC Winter Conference. Former Acting Executive Director and current Legislative Liaison David Blount was presented with the Gordon N. Dixon Award, which recognizes an executive director or commissioner who has provided leadership and made outstanding contributions to promoting the concept of regionalism in the Virginia. He was recognized for his work at the state level on PDC funding and other legislative issues. The award is named for Gordon Dixon, who was an executive director for two planning district commissions and who sincerely believed in regional planning and community development.
The Virginia Bicycling Federation recognized the TJPDC for "outstanding service and actions" in its work on the U.S. Bike Route 76 Corridor Study. While this study is still under development, staff will complete a draft in in the coming weeks. This work included a detailed and thorough inventory of safety and other roadway conditions along the corridor. Since the Bike Route serves as a recreational facility, the study also includes assessments of tourist attractions, historic and scenic resources, and cycling services, such as bike shops and supplies. Staff also developed over 70 recommendations for improving safety and recreational value along the TJPDC portion of Bike Route 76. These efforts are the first step in the PDC's initiative to promote and improve its portion of this national bike route. The TJPDC would like to thank the Virginia Bicycling Federation for this recognition and for their assistance with the study.
Housing Virginia Grant Awarded to the TJPDC
Each year, Housing Virginia awards grants to regional partners that fund events and activities focused on increasing public awareness and support of affordable housing. TJPDC was one of four organizations to be awarded a $5,000 grant. TJPDC will work with partners to prepare materials, make educational presentations, and build relationships to convey the need for affordable rental units and supports for cost-burdened homeowners. The one-year project will market the concepts of creating affordable rental units through homesharing and Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), and supporting aging in place for homeowners through homesharing and the village concept. Partners for the project include the Homesharing Advisory Council, CvilleVillage, and the HOME Consortium. Click to see the full Housing Virginia article.
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 http://t4america.org/maps-tools/the-innovative-mpo.
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.