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The Rural Planning Caucus of Virginia (RPCVA) is an organization dedicated to identifying, publicizing and satisfying the unique planning needs of small towns and rural areas. RPCVA implements many goals and objectives which assist with the special planning needs of its membership.

2018: 40th Anniversary Conference: Planning Underway!

Planning for the 2018 conference is currently underway by the Executive Committee. The 2018 conference will be held October 17-19, 2018 at Mountain Lake Lodge, in Giles County, Virginia.

Special activities are being planned in celebration of this special milestone. Conference registration will open on June 1, 2018.

For more information, please contact RPC Chairperson,Christy Straight

2017 Conference


   A Big Thank You from the RPC

   39th Annual RPC Conference: A Great Success!
      Networking, Skill-building Mark Rural Planning Professionals Conference                                               
       By: Andy Sorrell

    2017 Conference Group Photo
he 39th Annual Conference of the Virginia Rural Planning Caucus was a great success; again bringing together rural planners, consultants, local government administrators, elected and appointed officials and other friends of rural planning over an exciting three-day event from October 18-20, 2017.   
   Some 75 attendees from Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina met in a spirit of friendship and professional development at the Berry Hill Resort & Conference Center in South Boston, Virginia.Three days of great educational programming included a guided tour of the Town of Halifax, conference sessions on showcasing your community's local assets with examples of Meadow Event ParkFields of Gold and ways to reinvigorate house museums via new technologies.

Thursday sessions were also held on solar facilities in rural Virginia, working with RLUIPA and permitted assemblies in agricultural areas, working with nimby-ism and how public facilities are sited for infrastructure and transportation projects.  Friday included sessions on rural planning ethics, recent court cases and rulings impacting rural Virginia, understanding civil versus criminal enforcement actions and proper ways to testify in front of a court.  The conference concluded with a legislative update of 2017 legislative and a review of upcoming 2018 legislation potential impacted rural Virginia.     

 special thank you to all of our sponsors including Gold Sponsors: VHDA, Dominion EnergyThe Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, Hunting Creek Vineyards and Devil's Backbone; Silver Sponsors: Berkley GroupDraper Aden Associates, Housing Virginia, Hurt & ProffittLand Planning & Design Associates, EPR PC, the Virginia Association of Counties and the Virginia Dept. of Housing and Community Development.  The strong support of our sponsors helped make the conference possible. 

RPC provides educational and professional development opportunities to rural, small and mid-sized town and county planning professionals to help them
understand the bottom-line about new legislation, share innovative ideas and gain more efficient planning tools and    techniques to accomplish everyday tasks.

To learn about future RPC conferences, please visit the website at   

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