Shenandoah Valley Section
Message from our Section Director
We want to hear from you!
The Shenandoah Section of the Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Associated is a diverse region with major cities and small rural towns and communities with character. The Shenandoah section stretches north along Interstate 81 from Augusta County and Waynesboro to the City of Winchester and Frederick County. With this geographic variety comes diversity in our planning professionals from Town Mangers to Planning Directors to new planners to consultants. The relatively small geographic size offers opportunities for showcasing impactful projects and programs, meeting your fellow planners face-to-face and sharing ideas, best practices and lessons. Out of this dialogue comes professional and personal development which we can all take back and share with our communities.
My Co-Section Director and I welcome ideas and suggestions for interesting Section events, workshops or lectures. This year our Section has toured a revitalized community school, held workshops on affordable housing and offered APA credits. We hope to continue to share innovative and useful programming to our local planners. Being an effective planner requires sharing new ideas, collaborating on challenges and working together to address needs of communities in the Shenandoah Valley.
We look forward to talking, learning and working with our local planners! If you are currently an APA member and live/work in the Shenandoah Valley and have not heard from us, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.Cheers,
M. Tyler Klein
Co-Section Director, Shenandoah Section of APA Virginia
The Shenandoah Valley Section is one of nine subdivisions of the APA Virginia Chapter. This section is an active group of approximately 40 professional planners who either live or work in the Shenandoah Valley. Our members have careers in the public sector and in private practices. There is a vast array of skillsets and specializations in this section. This diverse collection of professionals can take advantage of the several events and networking opportunities provided by this section. Shenandoah Valley 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.
Elizabeth McCarty, AICP
Section News & Events
APA VIRGINIA TO DEVELOP SECTION'S FUTURE
There are several positive changes coming to the Shenandoah Valley 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 email@example.com, or the VP of Sections at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Shenandoah Valley Section includes 33 localities, including counties, cities and towns. In terms of area, it spans approximately 3,523 square miles, running north/south along the valley. This section is relatively small, by landmass, out of the nine established by APA Virginia. The total population is also relatively small, with 465,882 people who call this area home. Though this region lacks size, the natural beauty, quality of life and sense of community make the Shenandoah Valley a great place to live and work.
LOCALITIES IN THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY SECTION
There are 33 local jurisdictions in the Shenandoah Section, including 7 counties, 4 cities and 22 incorporated towns, along with 4 regional governments. Those government websites are included below.
Planning District Commissions
Metropolitan Planning Organizations