Richmond Regional PDC FAQs
1. What is a Planning
District Commission (PDC)?
2. Who is served by the RRPDC?
Why do we have PDCs?
4. How are PDCs funded?
5. What does the PDC do?
Click here to view the Richmond Regional PDC Charter and
The Richmond Regional Planning District Commission (RRPDC) is a regional
planning agency with major emphasis in the areas of transportation, water
resources and solid waste planning, local technical assistance and information
services including demographic, economic and geographic information systems. The
Planning District, which was formed by local governments in 1968 under the
authority of the Virginia Area Development Act - revised and retitled the
Regional Cooperation Act in 1995 - is comprised of elected officials and
citizens who address mutual problems and find solutions for the local
governments which benefit from intergovernmental cooperation.
RRPDCs Major Objectives
1. Identify issues and
opportunities of an inter-jurisdictional nature
2. Establish plans and
policies for addressing those regional issues
Identify ways and means for state and local governments and the private sector to implement programs
4. Help promote cooperation
among state and local governments in issue resolution
5. Provide technical
assistance and information services to its member jurisdictions.
The district covers 2,165
square miles with a 2010 population of 1,002,696.
The nine member
governments consist of:
Planning district commissions
make government more efficient and effective through coordinated planning and program
analysis. In 1968 Virginia's General Assembly passed the Virginia Area Development Act
"to promote orderly and efficient development of the physical, social and economic
elements of the districts." Through planning district commissions, now 21 in number,
local governments solve mutual problems which cross boundary lines. They also obtain
expertise from professional staffs and advice on making the most of scarce taxpayer
dollars through intergovernmental cooperation.
Approximately half of the
RRPDCs funding is provided by the nine member jurisdictions on a per capita basis.
The remaining funds are provided by various federal and state program grants, most notably
transportation related, and the Virginia General Assembly.
Representatives appointed by
the nine local governments that serve on the Commission meet monthly to discuss and
approve intergovernmental plans. Between the monthly meetings, a professional support
staff prepares technical data and reports which the Commission uses to make informed
Committees comprised of
elected and appointed officials, business representatives, citizens, and professional
technical staff also meet to discuss regional goals and prepare recommendations for the
Planning District Commission and the Richmond Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. The
PDC provides computerized mapping and information services to its members and assists in
the development of grant applications. It provides demographic, geographic, economic and
other information to the public. The Commission also hosts special regional and statewide
conferences on a variety of topics important to local development.
Planning District Commission
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Revised: February 20, 2013.