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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or the VP of Sections at email@example.com.
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.
Planning District Commissions
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