Virginia Rural Planning Caucus 2016 Conference - Utilitizing Resources

Rural Planning Caucus of Virginia


Wednesday, October 19, 2016, noon
Friday, October 21, 2016, 12:30 p.m. EDT

Pembroke, VA, United States


Planners are being challenged to provide guidance and leadership as governments, faced with a renewed awareness of the importance of reinventing local economies and preserving resources, continue to promote prosperity for its citizens.  As resources are examined, governments, local stakeholders and planners are realizing more clearly the importance of small business development to a prosperous local economy and joint partnerships for sustainable programs. Similarly, communities are focusing more on local products and services and how a “home-based” focus is necessary to support local prosperity. When supporting efforts to strengthen local economies and fostering stewardships for sustainable resources, the planners’ challenge will be to balance these often conflicting interests to focus on utilizing existing resources.  The “2016 Rural Planning Caucus of Virginia Conference: Utilitizing Resources" is a two and a half day program that focuses on strategies and application of techniques that advance the concepts of rural planning; sustainable programs; alternative energy systems; special events celebratig rural resources; permitting; politics; rural challenges and opportunities; legalities of different regulation types and local policies; and planning strategies given geology, hydrology and subsurface characteristics.  Participants will gain understanding of a comprehensive strategy for addressing these concepts and acquire specific skills in best practices for managing resources, alternative energy sources, impacts of political decisions, community impacts of current rural issues and preserving local resources. The intended audience for this conference includes county administrators, city and town managers, economic development directors, farmers and local business owners, agriculture and conservation advocates, as well as design and planning professionals--architects, engineers, planners, landscape architects, and transportation engineers--who are engaged in master planning, regulation development and enforcement, economic development, producing and marketing local goods and infrastructure design. The program presents the concepts outlined herein through lectures, detailed case studies, group discussion and exercises. Participants will: (1) understand strategies to facilitate integration of local resources with potential markets and sustainability strategies such as complimenting markets with supportive land use, infrastructure improvements and economic development policies and development initiatives; (2) explore concepts of different regulations such as scalable, targeted and simplified design regulations and development strategies for small businesses and rural event planning; (3) examine results of pro-active and inclusionary planning and impacts of business development in residential and undeveloped/rural areas; (4) consider economic and resource considerations of public/private partnerships; (5) assess legal standing and operational and management practices relative to codied regulations and court decisions; and (6) ethical issues facing planners.  The Conference, held at the beautiful Mountain Lake Resort in Pembrook, Virginia, is sponsored by: The Berkley Group; Virginia Housing Development Authority; Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission; Draper Aden Associates; Housing Virginia; EPR, PC; Renaissance Planning Group; Virginia Association of Counties; CSX Transporrtion; Devil's Backbone Brewery; and Vrginia Rural Center.

Contact Info

Darla Orr,


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