What is a Planning District Commission?
In 1968, Virginia was divided into planning districts based on the community of interest among its counties, cities, and towns. A Planning District Commission is a political subdivision of the Commonwealth, chartered under the Regional Cooperation Act by the local governments of each planning district. As such, they are a creation of local government encouraged by the state. The Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions helps its members meet their responsibilities to local and state government and coordinates inter-PDC functions. There are 21 PDCs in Virginia.
The West Piedmont Planning District’s member localities are: Franklin, Henry, Patrick, and Pittsylvania Counties; the Cities of Danville and Martinsville; and the Town of Rocky Mount. The WPPD Board of Commissioners is made up of 21 members—two elected and one appointed from each of the seven member jurisdictions. The PDC meetings, which are open to the public, are held on the fourth Thursday of each month at its office at 1100 Madison Street, Martinsville.
The purpose of Planning District Commissions, as set out in the Code of Virginia, Section 15.2-4207, is:
"…to encourage and facilitate local government cooperation and state-local cooperation in addressing on a regional basis problems of greater than local significance. The cooperation resulting from this chapter is intended to facilitate the recognition and analysis of regional opportunities and take account of regional influences in planning and implementing public policies and services.The planning district commission shall also promote the orderly and efficient development of the physical, social, and economic elements of the district by planning, and encouraging, and assisting localities to plan, for the future."
The work of PDCs has been meeting the needs of local and state governments for over forty years. Within their region, PDCs may serve to build regional approaches to issues like economic development, transportation, and legislative priorities. In other states, organizations like PDCs are known as regional councils, regional commissions, and councils of government.
Method of Providing Public Comment and Input:
West Piedmont Planning District Commission:
The West Piedmont Planning District Commission has meetings normally on the Fourth Thursday of each month that are open to the public to attend and provide input. Its Technical Committees are meeting on the Friday preceding the Commission meeting. These meetings are also open to the public to attend and provide input.
Danville-Pittsylvania Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO):
The Danville-Pittsylvania MPO meetings are not scheduled monthly; meetings are placed on our website and announced as press releases. Its Technical Committee meetings will be noted on the website as well.
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Below is a map of the Virginia Planning District Commissions & Virginia Department of Transportation Districts