Shenandoah 2045: A Conversation About Economic Development

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Today’s conversation on The Valley Today with host, Janet Michael featured Tyler Hinkle, Shenandoah County’s Planner. This conversation is part of an ongoing series following the work on Shenandoah 2045 – Shenandoah County’s comprehensive plan. The planning process will unfold over the next four years with the majority of the community collaboration occurring from 2020-2022, with input in 2023-2024. Click here to listen to the conversation.

Joining Janet & Tyler to talk about the economic development chapter was Jenna French, Shenandoah County’s Director of Economic Development/Tourism and Sarah Mauck from District Six (Strasburg) of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC.)

Jenna explained how economic development factors into the comprehensive plan and gave us some background on the economic development strategic plan which comes from information in the overall plan. She talked about how businesses choose localities to open/expand their footprint and talked about the importance of being specific when thinking about what residents might want/need for their communities. The group talked about how planning for schools, infrastructure, and “rooftops” impacts growth.

Tyler & Sarah shared their experience at MayFest and the great feedback they received from people who visited their booth during the event. Their setup included a “lego town” where adults and kids could place things like businesses, houses, schools and roads into the town where they felt they would be best suited. It was a big hit with visitors of all ages.

Each month, a topic of the conversation is the importance of feedback from residences throughout the county. Input is needed and wanted to make the comprehensive plan as comprehensive as possible. The team working on the plan wants to be sure that all generations are included and that every opinion is heard and discussed.

The CAC will be setting up at other events to promote Shenandoah 2045 throughout the summer in different localities across the county:

If you can’t make one of the events, you can take the community survey (open until Labor Day) by clicking here.

You can also access their “map feature” and tell everyone what your favorite place is in the county; where you have an idea for how things could be different; and where problems exist on the interactive map. Zoom in to your community and let everyone know where you want to see more detailed improvements such as sidewalks, new stores, or public river or stream access. Click here to map your future.

For more information about Shenandoah 2045’s comprehensive planning process, visit their website: https://shenandoahcountyva.us/future/ and follow them on Facebook.

Shenandoah County’s Comprehensive Planning Process: A Conversation About Collaboration

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Today’s conversation on The Valley Today, host Janet Michael talks with Tyler Hinkle, Shenandoah County’s Planner as part of an ongoing series following the work on Shenandoah 2045 – Shenandoah County’s comprehensive plan. Joining the pair to talk about the collaboration that happens between the localities was Erick Moore, Director of Planning & Development for the town of Mount Jackson and his counterpart in Woodstock: Jill Jefferson, Urban Designer & Neighborhood Planner. Each explained their comprehensive plan development/updating process and talked about past plans. Click here to have a listen.

Erick explained that in addition to focusing on development, town council has tasked him with placing a greater importance on outdoor recreation & preservation. This is based on feedback they’ve received for and since the 2017 comprehensive plan process. He talked about the “Rails to Trails” project and how it will play a role in their future plans. He talked about how vital planning for projects like these are to maximum enjoyment upon completion.

Jill explained her role as Urban Designer & Neighborhood Planner for the town of Woodstock and listed the various entities and government agencies that have input into their planning process such as planning commissions, town councils and boards of supervisors. Discussion also included the impact housing and growth could have on existing plans as well as what their process will look like later this year when planning begins again to update theirs.

Most of the conversation centered around the collaboration that happens within each locality not just during the planning process and implementation; but, also with neighboring towns and localities as well as with the county as a whole. Both Jill & Erick are happy to also have access to survey results and citizen input for their localities that has been/will be gathered by the county during their process. Jill & Erick also talked about preserving the green space, park space and access to the Shenandoah River being a large part of their community.

Tyler gave some details about a few upcoming community collaboration sessions where they’ll be set up at local events happening in May across the county.

  • Battle of the Bands in Mount Jackson on May 7, 2022.
  • Strasburg’s MayFest on May 14, 2022.
  • Jammin’ Foods Fest in New Market on May 21, 2022.
  • Shenandoah Valley ArtFest in Woodstock on June 25, 2022.

As always, they discussed all the ways that residents of Shenandoah County can (and should) participate in the planning process. Feedback is vitally important and everyone involved in developing the plan is anxious for input from county citizens.

Get more information, take the survey and make contact on their website: https://shenandoahcountyva.us/future/ and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shenandoah2045

 

Shenandoah 2045: Natural Resources

Our conversation with Tyler Hinkle, Shenandoah County’s Planner is part of an ongoing series following the work on Shenandoah 2045 – Shenandoah County’s comprehensive plan. Joining us to talk about Chapter Two: Natural Resources, was Mike Liskey. Mike is a member of the CAC (Citizen’s Advisory Committee) that has been charged with working on the plan.

We talked about what the chapter for natural resources includes and why it’s an important part of Shenandoah County’s future planning. We discussed the impact preserving natural resources will have on many other aspects of Shenandoah County’s growth including housing, economic development and tourism.

Finally, we discussed all the ways that residents of Shenandoah County can (and should) participate in the planning process. Feedback is vitally important and everyone involved in developing the plan is anxious for input from county citizens.

Get more information, take the survey and make contact on their website: https://shenandoahcountyva.us/future/ and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shenandoah2045

Shenandoah 2045: The Housing Chapter

As part of our continuing series highlighting Shenandoah County’s Comprehensive Plan – Shenandoah 2045 – our topic today was the Housing Chapter.

Joining us for the conversation is Tyler Hinkle, Shenandoah County’s planner, CAC chairperson, Vito Gentile. Vito has served on the CAC for a number of years and has been involved in previous comprehensive plan development for Shenandoah County. He gave us a bit of history about the process and explained what has changed since the 2005 plan was developed.

We talked about the unique challenges that will come with updating the housing chapter for 2045 and took a look back at factors that impacted the housing needs in the current plan.

For more details about Shenandoah 2045, visit their website: https://shenandoahcountyva.us/future/ and follow them on Facebook.