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Awards Nominations

Open Submissions

The Awards Committee leaves room for flexibility in the awards program. If there is a great individual, effort or initiative that does not neatly fall within the defined award categories, then the Committee reserves the right to make special recognitions or awards.

Airport Master Plan- Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD)

February 03, 2017

In 2014 the Commission, in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV) and Delta Airport Consultants, Inc., began an Airport Master Plan (MP) effort. Products of the master planning process include a comprehensive narrative report and the Airport Layout Plan (ALP), a set of plan sheets which depict the Airport’s proposed development plan over the next 20-years and beyond. The ALP communicates the Commission’s development plan to nearby jurisdictions to ensure that the region’s short and long-term development proposals are in sync. The MP is currently under final review with the FAA. 

Additional Material: Sustainability Analysis

Roanoke County Community Strategic Plan

February 03, 2017

During an era of modest budgets and unending citizen requests, Roanoke County was in need of direction. In the fall of 2015, the Board of Supervisors directed staff to gather input from the community to help shape the strategic direction of Roanoke County for the next five years. As a result, the eight-month-long Community Strategic Plan effort was structured around the desire to find out what area residents and stakeholders most valued and wanted for the future of their community.

Four Mile Run Wetlands Restoration

February 03, 2017

The Four Mile Run Wetlands Restoration, completed in May 2016, restored the historic 2-acre tidal wetland along Four Mile Run. This wetland plays a prominent role in regional efforts to protect the Potomac River and the endangered Chesapeake Bay by restoring the diverse habitat and natural cycles that support life in and along these waterways. The wetlands restoration project integrates flood protection, environmental restoration, community aesthetics, community access and connectivity, recreation, and education.  This project is an amenity for visitors to Four Mile Run Park, including new pedestrian access and provides a connection between aquatic and terrestrial habitats that is important to fish and aquatic organisms as well as many birds and terrestrial animals.

City of Fairfax Zoning Rewrite

February 03, 2017

After an inclusive process spanning approximately 2.5 years that was highlighted by engaging community workshops and work sessions with various city boards and commissions to gather input, as well as a thorough review by a broad-based advisory committee, the City of Fairfax adopted a new zoning ordinance on July 12, 2016. The ordinance, which became effective on October 1, 2016, represented the first comprehensive rewrite of the City’s zoning ordinance in 30 years. While much has changed regarding land development in those three decades, the City’s ordinance had remained largely intact. In that time, the City’s land development approval process had become increasingly reliant on complex, negotiated special approvals rather than on standards prescribed in the ordinance, so the City undertook the Zoning Rewrite to implement a more predictable set of land use regulations for the community, developers, and city officials.

Frederick County Conservation Easement Authority – Easement Educational Series

February 03, 2017

The Frederick County, VA Conservation Easement Authority (CEA) and Potomac Conservancy partnered in 2015 to create an educational video series to inform landowners of the benefits of conservation easements. The video series was completed and with the release of the fourth video in the summer of 2016. The series offers Frederick County landowners an opportunity to learn more about conservation easements, why to establish an easement, and what the tax benefits are. Conservation easements are just one of various options available to landowners as they plan for the future of their land. The video series answers questions about the conservation easement process and includes interviews with landowners who have placed conservation easements on their property and professionals (real estate and tax professionals) who discuss their experiences with conservation easements.

Albemarle County Comprehensive Plan

February 03, 2017

In 2011, Albemarle County staff embarked on a complete update of the County’s Comprehensive Plan, a task not undertaken in over 20 years. Although Comprehensive Plan amendments to add chapters to the plan, add master plans, or revise policy had taken place periodically during intervening years, the County wanted to consolidate those plans and make the document more current. The last comprehensive update of the Plan took place in 1989.

Pulaski County Board of Supervisors

February 03, 2017

This award nomination is for the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors for their leadership in supporting the creation and adoption of the Pulaski County Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). The process undertaken to create and adopt the UDO used an entirely new approach to engage the citizens of the County and resulted in a cutting-edge, concise document that has strengthened the relationship between citizens, the business community, and the local government. 

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