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RRRC January 2019 Newsletter
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January 2019 RRRC News
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Events this Month

January 23rd
FHN Point-in-Time Count

January 29th
Food Council
RRRC Board Room | 5:30pm

January 31st
VAPDC Winter Meeting 
Richmond
 
Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan Adopted in December
The Regional Commission adopted the 2018 Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan at its meeting on December 12th.  The 2018 plan is an update to the regional Hazard Mitigation plan, which was first developed and adopted in 2005 and revised in 2012.  For this update of the plan, RRRC staff worked with a committee including public safety and emergency management officials, planners, public works and facilities personnel, and local administrative staff over the course of 15 months to develop the 2018 plan.

The Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan identifies the natural hazards likely to affect the citizens, economy, and infrastructure in the Rappahannock-Rapidan region through historical data analysis. The plan develops high-level estimates of the potential impact of the identified natural hazards and enables participating localities to identify mitigation strategies designed to reduce the impact of these natural hazards in the future.  Adoption of the Plan also enables participating local governments to meet the requirements for grant programs offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

To date, Madison County, Fauquier County, and the Town of Gordonsville have adopted the 2018 plan with other participating jurisdictions expected to consider adoption in early 2019.  Annual status reports will be completed to benchmark progress on mitigation strategies identified in the Plan and the next formal review and update of the Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan will likely begin in 2021.

Hazard Mitigation materials, including the 2018 plan, mitigation strategies, Executive Summary, and meeting materials can be found at RRRC's Hazard Mitigation webpage.
Annual Homeless Point-in-Time Count to be Conducted January 23rd
Each year, Continuum of Care (CoC) organizations are required to conduct a Point-in-Time (PIT) count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons on one night during the last 10 days of January.  The Foothills Housing Network, a member of the Virginia Balance of State CoC, will conduct the 2019 Point-in-Time count on the night of Wednesday, January 23rd.  RRRC serves as the lead agency for the Foothills Housing Network.

Sheltered homeless persons are defined as individuals and families “living in a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designated to provide temporary living arrangements (including congregate shelters, transitional housing, and hotels and motels paid for by charitable organizations or by the federal, state, or local government programs for low-income individuals” on the night designated for the count.

Unsheltered homeless persons are defined as individuals and families “with a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings, including a car, park, abandoned building, bus or train station, airport, or camping ground” on the night designated for the count.

As in prior years, CoCs must collect and report information on the demographic characteristics of all people reported as sheltered or unsheltered by household type and, within each household type, by age category, gender, race, and ethnicity.  CoCs must also report information by household type for veteran and youth households.

This year, FHN has designated a lead contact in each county within the Rappahannock-Rapidan region to coordinate local PIT count with RRRC Human Services Program Manager Jenny Biché and Americorps VISTA Member Jessi Mason for compilation and submission to HUD.  Data will be collected using HUD standardized surveys, but each county team is encouraged to individualize those surveys to capture additional data their locality may be interested in.  This may include data on hotel/motel stays paid for by the individuals themselves or by non-government/charitable organizations such as family or friends, doubling up, couch surfing, etc.  This data, while not meeting the HUD definition of literally homeless individuals, can be used to identify and describe those individuals who may become literally homeless and who may also require community assistance.

Once the data has been collected, it will be consolidated and reviewed for errors and duplications.  FHN will analyze the outcomes and adjust the region’s 10-year plan to end homelessness accordingly. A PIT Count subcommittee will be developed that will meet throughout the year to focus on understanding the outcomes and trends, provide education and outreach, and plan for the next years PIT Count.  The Point In Time Count is a significant but critical undertaking and RRRC is grateful for the FHN committee members, their staff and those who volunteer to assist in this initiative. 
FAMS Completes Community Assessment of Mobility Management
In August of 2018, the Community Transportation Association of Virginia (CTAV), held a Mobility Management workshop presented by Rutgers University and the  National Transportation Institute (NTI). The workshop introduced the use of a community assessment tool to provide a comprehensive look at the current state of Mobility Management techniques/utilization in a given area.

In November, RRRC convened the Foothills Area Mobility System (FAMS) committee and other transportation stakeholders to complete the assessment for the Rappahannock-Rapidan service area. The assessment, broken into five sections, posed twenty-six questions with detailed rating criteria that was carefully considered in order to fairly analyze the overall mobility management techniques, transportation systems, and community contribution levels. In an effort to provide a better picture of the assessment outcome, results were quantified using a numbered scale with results as follows:
  • Section 1 Making Things Happen by Working Together Result – 12 out of 20 (Upper Mid-Level)
  • Section 2 Taking Stock of Community Needs and Moving Forward Result – 30 out of 40 (Upper Mid-Level)
  • Section 3 Putting Customers First Result – 14 out of 20 (Upper Mid-Level)
  • Section 4 Adapting Funding for Greater Mobility Result – 1 out of 4 (Lowest Level)
  • Section 5 Moving People Efficiently Result – 11 out of 16 (Upper Mid-Level)
The results indicate that FAMS has contributed a great deal to the overall implementation of mobility management techniques within the Rappahannock-Rapidan region, although there are opportunities to improve the utilization of mobility management and align transportation systems within the region and local community. 

RRRC and its FAMS partners will use the assessment for FY19/FY20 planning purposes and as a driving force behind priority and funding focuses to guide further development of FAMS, expand mobility management across the region, and enhance transportation systems overall. Funding for Mobility Management and the FAMS One-Call/One-Click Center is received from the Department of Rail and Public Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, and local sources.
Commission Submits Regional Response for Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan Phase III
Between July and December of last year, Regional Commission staff, local government administrators and planners, and regional stakeholders have collaborated on a regional planning process to provide input to Phase III of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan.  Input and participation has been received from local jurisdiction representatives, Culpeper & John Marshall Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the Virginia Departments of Health, Forestry, Transportation, and Environmental Quality, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Friends of the Rappahannock, Piedmont Environmental Council, land trust representatives, and private construction firms.

A meeting for interested stakeholders from the region covering both the urban/septic/developed process and a parallel effort for the agriculture sector to review results to date was held on December 6th at the American Legion Hall 247 near Remington.  The meeting was faciltated by Ann Jennings, Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources, and included participation by multiple Planning District regions, Soil & Water Conservation Districts, local governments, and state agency representatives. 

At this time, the Department of Environmental Quality is reviewing submissions by all Chesapeake Bay watershed regions and incorporating those submissions into the statewide Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan.  Additional follow-up between the Regional Commission and DEQ may occur in early 2019.  Information on the process utilized by the Regional Commission, including Best Management Practices estimates, strategies for achieving nitrogen load reductions, meeting summaries and handouts can be found on the RRRC website at http://www.rrregion.org/chesbaytmdl.html.
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