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RRRC October 2019 Update
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October 23rd
Regional Commission
RRRC Board Room | 1:00 pm

November 12th
FHN Financial Rights Workshop
Warrenton Visitors Center | 6:00 pm

November 13th
Fall Transportation Meeting
VDOT Culpeper District | 4:00pm
*Hosted by Commonwealth Transportation Board Members

November 19th
Food Council
RRRC Board Room | 5:30 pm

November 21st
Land Use & Environment Committee
RRRC Board Room | 10:00 am

December 5th
Virginia Outdoors Plan/ RRRC Active Transportation Plan Meeting
RRRC Board Room | 10:00 am
 
RRRC Annual Meeting & Leadership Awards Recap

The Regional Commission hosted its 2019 Annual Meeting and Awards dinner on September 26th at Prince Michel Vineyards and Winery in Madison County.  RRRC Chairman Bob Coiner and Executive Director Patrick Mauney welcomed attendees to the meeting, highlighting successful partnerships and sharing Commission achievements over the past year.

The 2019 Regional Leadership Government award was presented to Mr. Roger Welch of Rappahannock County.  In presenting the award, Chairman Coiner noted Mr. Welch's "willingness to listen, his focus on consensus-based governance...and a leadership style devoid of egotistical motives." Mr. Welch has served for the past 20 years as Wakefield District representative on the Board of Supervisors in Rappahannock County and currently serves as Chair. Mr. Welch has also served on numerous multi-jurisdictional organizations during his tenure on the Board of Supervisors, including the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Jail Board and Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission, and has actively supported innovative regional initiatives with neighboring jurisdictions on solid waste disposal and emergency communications. Mr. Welch has announced that he will not seek re-election this fall.

Mr. Charles 'Charlie' Barrell was presented with the 2019 Regional Leadership Citizen award.  Chairman Coiner noted Mr. Barrell's "outstanding commitment to the region and active leadership roles," most notably in the healthcare and recreation fields. Mr. Barrell is a founding partner of the law firm Davies, Barrell, Will, Llewelyn, and Edwards, PLC, and is an active supporter of recreation, education, civic, and healthcare initiatives within the region. His service includes leadership roles for regional organizations including the Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center Board, on which he currently serves as Chair, Board of Directors of the Culpeper Wellness Foundation, Board of Directors for the Culpeper Library Foundation, and 15 years as President of the Culpeper Recreation Foundation. Mr. Barrell is an active cyclist and dedicated to recreation opportunities throughout the region.

Along with the awards presentation, Regional Commisson members and meeting attendees heard a presentation from Mr. Evan Feinman, Chief Broadband Advisor for Governor Northam and Executive Director of the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission.  Mr. Feinman shared insights gleaned by the Commonwealth's broadband team over the past year and discussed the need for local, regional, and statewide partnerships in connecting unserved (and underserved) citizens and businesses 

RRRC Releases Draft Active Transportation Plan; Comments Due by November 20th

Over the past year, the Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission has worked with local and regional stakeholders to develop the RRRC Active Transportation Plan.  The plan builds on previous regional bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure inventories completed in 2007 and 2012 and identifies existing and planned bicycle, pedestrian, blueway and equestrian infrastructure within the Rappahannock-Rapidan region. The plan also identifies local priorities and potential long-term projects that advance the effectiveness of the regional active transportation system. Projects of regional significance are identified as are implementation strategies and probable funding sources.

The plan encourages development of a holistic active transportation network, providing recommendations that address county and town bicycle and pedestrian needs and linkages to and between hiking and equestrian trails, planned public river access points, parks, and historic and cultural destinations. This plan aims to develop feasible recommendations and is not intended to detail every possible trail connection.

A draft version of the RRRC Active Transportation Plan can be accessed on the Commission's website at http://www.rrregion.org or via this direct link.  

Comments from interested members of the public, local and regional organizations, and other stakeholders are welcome through November 20, 2019 and may be emailed to planinfo@rrregion.org.  RRRC staff will then make necessary revisions prior to presentation of the final draft plan at a Virginia Outdoors Plan review meeting on December 5th and to the Regional Commission on December 11th.

'Tween Rivers Trail Fall Photo Contest - Entries Due November 8th

The Tween Rivers Trail, an agritourism initiative of the Regional Commission and the Rappahannock-Rapidan Tourism Committee, is holding a Fall Photo contest!  Photo submissions (along with details of the photo's location) are encouraged before Midnight on November 8th, 2019 and be submitted through the Trail's Facebook page or via email to trt@rrregion.org.

Multiple entries are allowed and official rules may be viewed here:  https://bit.ly/2VM926h.  

Commonwealth Transportation Board Hosting Fall Transportation Meeting
The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) invites the public to share feedback on transportation initiatives at the Culpeper District Fall Transportation meeting on Wednesday, November 13th beginning at 4pm. The meeting will be held at the VDOT Culpeper District Auditorium at 1601 Orange Road in Culpeper, and representatives from VDOT, the Department of Rail & Public Transportation, and the Office of Intermodal Planning & Investment will be available to answer questions.

The public will have an opportunity to learn and share feedback about:
  • Adjustments to the statewide project prioritization process, known as SMART SCALE, which allocates limited funding to the most critical transportation needs.
  • Virginia’s Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, which identifies transportation projects that will utilize federal transportation funding or require approval from federal partners.
  • A draft Mid-term Transportation Needs assessment for VTrans, Virginia’s statewide, multimodal transportation plan that outlines a vision and goals for transportation in the Commonwealth. The plan will identify transportation investment priorities and guides transportation agencies’ strategies and programs.
  • Adjustments to Virginia’s Highway Safety Improvement Program, which aims to link infrastructure improvements across highway travel modes to performance outcomes outlined in Virginia’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan.
Comments will be accepted informally at the meeting and may also be submitted in writing or online before November 30th.
RRRC Releases FY 2019 Highlights & Annual Report
The Regional Commission recently released its FY 2019 Annual Report and Highlights, summarizing the Commission's programmatic efforts and projects over the past year.

Information on long-standing Regional Commission initiatives such as Commuter Services, Foothills Area Mobility System (FAMS), Hazard Mitigation planning and the RRRC Regional Leadership awards is included within the Highlights report.  In addition, more recent projects with expansion or development over the past fiscal year are also featured, including the Commission's work on Chesapeake Bay Watershed planning, Active Transportation planning, Purely Piedmont local foods promotion and Tween Rivers Trail tourism partnership.

A copy of the Annual Report can be accessed on RRRC's website.
 
RRRC FY 2019 Annual Report
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