of The Plains
Town of Washington
What Is A Regional Commission?
The Purpose of Planning District, or Regional 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
The [Regional 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."
Virginia's 21 Planning District or Regional Commissions, of which the
Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission (RRRC) is one, provide a variety of technical services
and programming to member local governments.
Such services, among other, include:
Grant-writing assistance and administration;
Project and Program Management;
Land Use Planning and Mapping/Geographic/Information Systems;
Transportation Planning, inclusive of metropolitan planning organization/transportation
technical committee coordination, corridor study development, rideshare/commuter service delivery, bicycle
and pedestrian facility planning, airport planning, and specialized transit;
Environmental Planning, involving Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) development and implementation,
water supply and watershed management planning, and natural resource/open space protection;
All are significant parts of the Planning District/Regional Commission's role.
Across the Commonwealth, Planning District/Regional Commissions comprise
an accessible data and assistance network that enable quick and comprehensive
Each serves as an Affiliate State Data Center for its respective region. In this role, they provide
important information to local government, business and citizens. Planning District/Regional Commissions are
the designated point of contact for the Commonwealth's Intergovernmental Review process, and in turn
provide vital regional input and feedback on proposed plans for a host of other agencies and entities.
The program work of Planning District/Regional Commissions has been meeting
the needs of local and state government for more than 30 years, with the
Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission (RRRC) having been active
for 35 years, following its formation in 1973.
Within these respective boundaries, the may also serve to facilitate regional approaches to issues like
Economic Development, Hazard Mitigation/Emergency Preparedness Planning, and Legislative Priority
Other duties of Planning District/Regional Commissions include:
Drafting/Development of studies and action plans on issues and topics of regional
Identification of opportunities for cost savings and other efficiencies through enhanced
Implementation of projects or plans upon request of member localities;
Provision of Technical Assistance;
Organizational capacity building;
Comprehensive and strategic planning;
Development of functional area plans as deemed necessary or requested by member localities;
To assist state agencies in the development of substate plans;
To participate in a statewide geographic information system, the Virginia Geographic Information
Network, as directed by the Department of Planning and Budget;
To Collect and maintain demographic, economic, and other data, acting as a state data center
affiliate in cooperation with the Virginia Employment Commission.