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The Roanoke Valley/New River Valley Section is one of nine subdivisions of the APA Virginia Chapter. This section is an active group of approximately 120 professional or student planners who either live or work in this part of the State. Our members have careers in the public sector and in private practices. Several members are also students or professors at Virginia Tech's Urban Affairs and Planning Program. The Roanoke Section has a vast array of skillsets and specializations. This diverse collection of professionals and students can take advantage of the several events and networking opportunities provided by this section. Roanoke 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

Diane Zahm, AICP
Phone: (540) 231-7503
roanoke@apavirginia.org 

Section News & Events

There are several positive changes coming to the Roanoke/New River Valley Section. The Section Director 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 roanoke@apavirginia.org, or the VP of Sections at vpsections@apavirginia.org.

Section Details

The Roanoke Section includes 39 localities, including counties, cities and towns. In terms of area, it spans approximately 5,380 square miles, along the Ridge and Valley region of the Commonwealth. The total population includes 552,206 people who call this area home.

LOCALITIES IN THE ROANOKE/NEW RIVER VALLEY SECTION

There are 39 local jurisdictions in the Roanoke Section, including 12 counties, 6 cities and 21 incorporated towns, along with 5 regional governments. Those government websites are included below.

Counties

Cities

Highland
Bath
Rockbridge
Alleghany
Botetourt
Craig
Roanoke
Franklin
Floyd
Montgomery
Pulaski
Giles

Covington
Lexington
Buena Vista
Roanoke
Salem
Radford

Incorporated Towns

Monterey
Goshen
Clifton Forge
Iron Gate
Buchanan
Fincastle
Troutville
New Castle
Boones Mill
Rocky Mount
Floyd
Draper
Pulaski
Dublin
Christiansburg
Blacksburg
Pembroke
Pearisburg
Narrows
Rich Creek
Glen Lyn

Planning District Commissions

PDC 4 – New River Valley Planning District Commission
PDC 5 – Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission
PDC 6 – Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission

Metropolitan Planning Organizations

Roanoke Valley Area MPO
Blacksburg/ Christiansburg/ Montgomery Area MPO