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The RRPDC is a regional planning agency serving
the Town of Ashland;
the City of Richmond; and
the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, and Powhatan.



Richmond Regional
Planning District Commission

9211 Forest Hill Avenue
Suite 200
Richmond, VA 23235

Directions to RRPDC


Phone:  804.323.2033
Fax:  804.323.2025


Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.



 

Air Quality Plan

 

The Richmond area experienced relatively good air quality readings in the three years from 2009 to 2011 and DEQ submitted a revised area recommendation request to EPA on November 21, 2011 asking for the Richmond area to be designated as an attainment area. On April 30, 2012, the EPA issued final area designations for 2008 NAAQS for ozone and there were no Richmond or Petersburg area jurisdictions included as nonattainment or maintenance areas. Previously, the cities of Richmond, Petersburg, Colonial Heights and Hopewell, and counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Prince George had been classified by EPA as maintenance area jurisdictions. However, DEQ anticipates that based on the most recent three-year readings of ozone air quality data for the Richmond/Petersburg area, these jurisdictions would be reclassified back into nonattainment status for ozone air quality standards. DEQ submitted a request to EPA on June 4, 2012 requesting participation by Richmond/Petersburg area jurisdictions in EPA’s Ozone Advance program and EPA has approved the request. By participation in the Ozone Advance program, EPA has some discretion when it comes to redesignation action of Richmond/Petersburg area jurisdictions back to nonattainment status. In general, a nonattainment designation has as a minimum the following consequences:

 

  • More difficult/expensive federal air permitting requirements of large facilities;

  • More state and federal review of transportation planning, including transportation conformity; and/or

  • More state and federal review of any federal facility expansion.

 

RRPDC and VDOT staff conduct air quality conformity analysis in support of the TIP and LRTP. VDOT is responsible for conducting the air quality conformity analysis using the new “MOVES 2010” (Motor Vehicle Emission Simulator, first released for use in 2010). The RRPDC staff is responsible for developing the vehicle miles of travel (VMT) input for MOVES2010. RRPDC staff is also responsible for conducting the public review process when an air quality conformity analysis is conducted, and also provides staff support for TIP, LRTP, and TIP/LRTP amendments review and coordination. As of mid-July 2013, the MPO will no longer be required to conduct the transportation conformity process for the LRTP and TIP due to its current attainment status for ozone. However, this could change under the Ozone Advance Plan or should the area go back into nonattainment status.

Archived Transportation Conformity Analysis Reports

Ozone Advance Action Plan, Richmond-Petersburg Ozone Maintenance Area Link to DEQ

 


Air Quality | Bicycle/Ped | Citizen Participation | Congestion Management

Elderly/Disability/Low-Income | Intelligent Transportation Systems | Intermodal | Public Transportation

Long-Range Transportation Plan | Socioeconomic Data | Title VI | Transportation Database/GIS

Transportation Improvement Program | Unified Work Program

 

 

 

 


Richmond Regional Planning District Commission | 9211 Forest Hill Avenue | Suite 200
Richmond, VA 23235 | (804) 323-2033

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