The Southside Section is one of nine subdivisions of the APA Virginia Chapter. This section is a group of approximately 35 professional planners who either live or work in the southern Virginia. Our members have careers in the public sector and in private practices. Southside has a vast array of skillsets and specializations. This diverse collection of professionals can take advantage of the several events and networking opportunities provided by this section. Southside draws together all of these members to provide training, foster relationships and raise the stature of planning as a profession and practice in our localities.

SECTION DIRECTOR(S)

Susan McCulloch
(276) 403-5156
southside@apavirginia.org

Section News & Events

There are several positive changes coming to the Southside Section. The Section Directors and VP of Sections will begin a process to develop new services for its members. This work will include efforts to improve outreach, branding, events and activities, and our mission. If you have ideas for how to improve these services or expand new programs, please contact your section director at southside@apavirginia.org, or the VP of Sections at vpsections@apavirginia.org.

Section Details

The Southside Section includes 50 localities, including counties, cities and towns. In terms of area, it spans approximately 7,694 square miles, across the southern regions of the Commonwealth. This is the largest section, by landmass, out of the nine established by APA Virginia. The total population is midsized for a section, with 599,097 people who call this area home.

LOCALITIES IN THE SOUTHSIDE SECTION

There are 50 local jurisdictions in the Southside Section, including 14 counties, 5 cities and 31 incorporated towns, along with 3 regional governments. Those government websites are included below.

Counties

Cities

Patrick
Henry
Pittsylvania
Halifax
Mecklenburg
Brunswick
Greensville
Lunenburg
Charlotte
Prince Edward
Appomattox
Campbell
Bedford
Amherst

Lynchburg
Bedford
Martinsville
Danville
Emporia

Incorporated Towns

Amherst
Vinton
Appomattox
Pamplin
Farmville
Altavista
Brookneal
Phenix
Charlotte
Drakes Branch
Keysville
Victoria
Kenbridge
Alberta
Lawrenceville
Brodnax
Chase City
South Hill
La Crosse
Boydton
Clarksville
Clover
Halifax
Scottsburg
South Boston
Virgilina
Hurt
Gretna
Chatham
Ridgeway
Stuart

Planning District Commissions

PDC 11 – Virginia’s Region 2000 Local Government Council
PDC 12 – West Piedmont Planning District Commission
PDC 13 – Southside Planning District Commission
PDC 14 – Commonwealth Regional Council
PDC 19 – Crater Planning District Commission

Metropolitan Planning Organizations

Tri-Cities MPO
Danville (Pittsylvania) MPO
Central Virginia MPO