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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

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Phone:  804.323.2033
Fax:  804.323.2025

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


RRPDC February 2011 Meeting Report

Regional Water & Sewer Study

Transportation Bills Impact the Region

Local Aid Bill Unites Caucus

February 2011 PDC/MPO Meeting Report Flyer (PDF)



The Richmond Regional Planning District Commission (RRPDC) held its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on February 10, 2011. The next meeting of the RRPDC Board will be held on Thursday, March 10, beginning at 1:00 p.m. in the RRPDC Board Room.

Regional Water & Sewer Study

Barbara Jacocks, RRPDC Principal Planner, updated the Board on the regional water and sewer inventory, a project to compile baseline information regarding public water and sewerage systems throughout the Richmond Region. The information gathering phase required to create a regional picture of current usage and capacity is nearly complete.

Ms. Jacocks expressed gratitude for the data collection assistance provided to RRPDC by each of the jurisdictionsí utility departments, deputy directors, and GIS staff.

The next phase of the project is to use the information to educate the public and develop a planning tool for the Regionís nine localities.

The Board reviewed the first printing of a brochure entitled Richmond Regional Water & Sewer Inventory, which provides a broad overview of water and sewer services across the Region. The data establishes a base of information that can be used as a local planning tool and the brochure provides a snapshot that can be used in business recruitment efforts.

Key findings on the Regionís public water systems include:

  • The James River is the dominant source of water in the Region.

  • 97% of the Regionís public water comes from surface water; 68% from the James River.

  • The Regionís nine separate water systems have significant inter-connectivity, which allows water sharing in times of need.

  • The average household uses 185 gallons of water per day.

  • The Region uses about 135 million gallons of water per day, or about 50% of hydraulic capacity.

  • 50% of the Regionís public water treatment resources are shared through wholesale purchase or reserve agreements among the Regionís localities.

  • 6 of the 9 localities have already developed water supply plans.

The coverage of public sewerage systems in the Richmond Region is somewhat smaller than that of public water, especially on the eastern portion of the Region. Key sewer findings include:

  • The Region has 15 public wastewater treatment facilities with a permitted hydraulic capacity of 192.7 MGD.

  • The Region uses about 60% of its hydraulic capacity based on dry weather flow.

    Wastewater capacity is constrained primarily by maximum allowable discharge of phosphorous, nitrogen, and sediment into waterways.

Ms. Jacocks noted that various water providing entities will be submitting Regional Water Supply Plans to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality in November 2011:

  • Appomattox River Water Authority (including Chesterfield County)

  • Henrico/Cumberland/Powhatan/Goochland Counties

  • Hanover County and Town of Ashland

The Virginia Department of Health also provided assistance in the data collection phase of the project.


Transportation Bills Impact the Region

Chuck Gates, RRPDC Communications Coordinator, provided the Board with an legislative update on how the Governorís proposed transportation funding package impacts the Richmond Region and relates to the 2011 RRPDC Legislative Agenda.

HB 2527 and SB 1446 contain Governor McDonnellís proposal to generate transportation funding various aspects of the 2011 RRPDC Legislative Agenda.

The legislative package includes the issuance of two types of bonds for constructing transportation projects, the creation of an infrastructure bank, and the creation of the Intercity Passenger Rail Operating and Capital Fund.

The bills fulfill the RRPDCís legislative request to establish a state mechanism to fund passenger rail capital improvements and operations. The proposal partially conforms to the two transportation priorities included in the Legislative Agenda:

  • the development of funding mechanisms to meet the stateís current transportation needs and
  • enhancements to intercity passenger rail service connecting through Richmond.

Transportation Funding Resources

Governor's Package:

RAMPO Analysis:

Or download the entire RRPDC analysis package.

As part of the proposal, the Governor released a list of over 900 projects that will be candidates to receive funding from the new package. The list will help direct the Commonwealth Transportation Board as it allocates the funding to projects.

Of these projects, 91 are located in the VDOT Richmond District and 45 of those are in the Richmond Region. Of these 45 projects, 22 are already fully funded in the current Six-Year Improvement Program.

A statewide analysis performed by the RRPDCís staff to the Richmond Area Metropolitan Planning Organization revealed that Richmondís 45 projects represent only 1.8 percent of the statewide total and the least amount of per capita funding of any district.

RRPDC staff worked with the Greater Richmond Chamber and the Regionís legislative liaisons to present the analysis to members of the Capital Region Caucus. Staff has maintained a position of support for the funding mechanisms, but concern for the disproportionate funding for building projects in the Richmond District.

After realizing the disproportional impact of the proposal, the Caucus rallied to respond. Most spoke with the Governor or Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton and a few chose to address the issue in committee and on the floor. Staff were especially grateful for the efforts of Caucus Co-Chairs Senator Donald McEachin and Delegate Chris Peace, as well as Senators Walter Stosch, John Watkins, and Henry Marsh.

Secretary Connaughton has been very receptive to listening to the concerns of the Capital Region Caucus, the RRPDC, and the GRCC. On February 11, the Secretary hosted a meeting of representatives of the RRPDC and the GRCC, with CTB member Gerald McCarthy, Richmond District Administrator Tom Hawthorne, and other VDOT staff.

The Secretary described how projects would be prioritized for funding according to how quickly they could advance to construction. As such, he asked the RRPDC/RAMPO staff to develop a list of priority projects in the Richmond Region and work with VDOT staff to refine the list into those that could advance to construction in the next three years. Staff is currently working with VDOT and the localities to create such a list in preparation for the annual SYIP process. 

Local Aid Bill Unites Caucus

For the first time, all 15 delegates of the Capital Region Caucus jointly sponsored a bill requested by the RRPDC. HB 2364 clarifies the Code of Virginia to allow localities to more freely aid one another, regardless of whether an emergency is formally declared, by enabling localities to contract with each other to offer mutual assistance.

The bill was introduced by Caucus Co-Chair Delegate Chris Peace in response to a legislative request included in the 2011 RRPDC Legislative Agenda and initiated by Hanover County. The bill was endorsed by both VACo and VML and eventually passed both chambers unanimously.

During his legislative update, RRPDC Communications Coordinator Chuck Gates thanked Delegate Chris Peace and Hanover County Attorney Sterling Rives for assisting the RRPDCís efforts to encourage all of the caucus delegates to sign on as co-patrons. The largely symbolic gesture is indicative of the progress made by the RRPDC to facilitate regional cooperation between local and state officials.

Mr. Gates also thanked Caucus Co-Chair Senator Donald McEachin and Senator Walter Stosch for signing on as co-patrons even though Senate co-sponsorship was not required. Both of the Senators offered their support after learning about the issue during the RRPDC legislative breakfast in January.  

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