Citizen-Led Research Library

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Comprehensive Plans

  1. Plan From 1973 To 1990
  2. Plan From 1991 To 2005
  3. Plan From 2005 To 2025

Tools

Shenandoah County GIS

Policy Map (Demographics, Health, Living Conditions, Services, Etc.)

Opportunity Atlas

Census 2020

Census Data

Census Reporter

County Population And Demographics

Data USA Profile

Public Mapping Services In Virginia

 

Path To 2045

As the members of the CAC work to develop a framework of the next comprehensive plan, extensive research is being performed in order to ensure that every aspect is taken into account. Below is a breakdown of the research and tools being used by the CAC members diligently working to help envision the future of Shenandoah County:

 

Chapter 1: History And Regional Setting

Historic Reports

1990’s Shenandoah County History Report 

May 1995 Shenandoah County Historic Resources Survey Report

2000 Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District Implementation Plan

October 2005 Fisher’s Hill And Tom’s Brook Battlefields Preservation Plan

2012 Valley Pike And Fisher’s Hill Battlefield Interpretive Trail 

2016 Shenandoah County Libraries 5 Year Plan

Data Tools

Shenandoah County Historical Community Atlas

Virginia Cultural Resources Identification System

Historic Census Data

USGS Historic Topographic Maps

Similar Locality Chapters

Albemarle

Clarke

Culpeper

Fauquier

Lancaster, PA

Readings

Measuring Economic Impacts Of Historic Preservation – Donovan Rypkema & Caroline Cheong

 

Chapter 2: Natural Resources

Historic Reports

1977 Shenandoah County Groundwater Present Conditions And Prospects 

1978 Flood Insurance Policy Shenandoah County Unincorporated Areas 

1988 Shenandoah County Water Supply Plan 

1995 Shenandoah: The Great River Valley 

1996 The Establishment of a Long-term Citizens Groundwater Monitoring Program for the North Fork of the Shenandoah River Watershed Year Three

1998 Columbia Furnace FEMA Flood Report

2004 Benthic TMDL For Toms Brook 

October 2006 Shenandoah Valley Water Resources Strategic Plan

December 2006 Shenandoah County Agricultural Task Force Report 

2007-2008 Water In Shenandoah County: A Primer 

2018-2021 Lord Fairfax Soil And Water Conservation District Strategic Plan

2018 Virginia Outdoors Plan

2020 Proposal For A Master Plan On The North Fork Of The Shenandoah River

2020 Shenandoah Watershed Compact 

2020 Cost of Community Services Report

Data Tools

Cost Of Food USDA

EnviroAtlas (Wide Range Of Data From Carbon Storage To Wetlands)

EPA Pollution Mapping

EPA Report On Emissions 2014

EPA Report On Air 2018

Falling Fruit (Edible Plant Mapping Tool)

Feds Feed Families

FEMA Community Engagement Tool

Flood Factor

Food Insecurity In Your Community

Northern Shenandoah Valley Local Watershed Map

River Access Map

Swim Guide Water Quality Assessment

Virginia Natural Heritage Data Explorer (Virginia’s Priority Areas For Conservation)

USGS Stream Stats

USGS Aerial Imagery

Wetlands Mapper

Similar Locality Chapters

Albemarle

Clarke

Culpeper

Fluvanna

Frederick

Greene

Lancaster, PA

Page

Rockbridge

Warren

Readings

 

Chapter 4: Economy / Economic Development

Historic Reports

1930 Industrial Survey Edinburg And Madison District 

1951 Shenandoah County Economic Data Report

1962 Shenandoah County Economic Data Report 

1963  Shenandoah County Economic Study 

1964 Shenandoah County Economic Data Report

1968 Shenandoah County Economic Data Report

1968 Projections And Economic Base Analysis 

1972 Shenandoah County Economic Data Report

1975 Projections And Economic Base Analysis 

2013: Shenandoah County’s Economic Development Strategic Plan

2015-2021 Lord Fairfax Community College Six Year Strategic Plan

August 2016 The Economic Impact Of Bicycling In The Central Shenandoah Valley

2019 Strategic Economic Development Plan Update

Data Tools

Bureau Of Economic Analysis Facts

FCC Fixed Broadband Deployment

Living Wage Calculator

Low Income Housing Data

Opportunity Zone Community Impact Assessment Tool

Solar GIS (Mapping Tool For Solar Energy Potential)

Virginia Economic Development Partnership Site Ready Locations

Similar Locality Chapters

Albemarle

Bristol

Culpeper

Fluvanna

Greene

Lancaster, PA

Readings

Blue Ocean Strategies – Carlyann Edwards

Enter The Triple Bottom Line – John Elkington

Factors For Enabling The Creative Economy – World Economic Forum

Failures Of Economic Development Incentives – Alan Peters & Peter Fisher

Location, Competition, And Economic Development – Michael Porter

Measuring Economic Impacts Of Historic Preservation – Donovan Rypkema & Caroline Cheong

Red Ocean Traps – Chan Kim

 

Chapter 6: Housing

Historic Reports

1971 Mountain Run Master Plan

March 2009 Shenandoah County-Wide Housing Assessment 

March 2009 Shenandoah County-Wide Housing Assessment Presentation 

November 2012 Ending Homelessness In The Northern Shenandoah Valley In Ten Years: A Plan 

2015 NSVRC HOME Action Plan 

November 2016 Barriers To Housing In Shenandoah County 

May 2017 Regional Housing Summit 

2018 Northern Shenandoah Valley Community Needs Assessment

2020 Cost of Community Services Report

Data Tools

Fair Market Rent Calculator

Living Wage Calculator

Long & Foster Market Minute

Low Income Housing Data

Similar Locality Chapters

Albemarle

Augusta

Greene

Page

Readings

ABC’s Of ADUs – AARP

Are Homeowners Better Citizens? – Brian J. McCabe

Housing Affordability – Michael Stone

Housing Workbook – AARP

Providing Affordable Housing For All – Jerry Schultz

Social Housing – Michael Stone

 

Chapter 7: Community Facilities

Historic Reports

1947 Report School Survey Recommendations For A Long-Range School Building Program 

2000 Shenandoah River Recreational Use Management Plan Working Committee 

November 2000 Master Indoor-Outdoor Recreation Plan for Shenandoah County

2001 Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission Community Profile

2005 Keister Tract Master Plan 

November 2006 Population Planning and Facilities Review By VCU

2012 Valley Pike And Fisher’s Hill Battlefield Interpretive Trail 

2015-2021 Lord Fairfax Community College Six Year Strategic Plan

2016 Long Term Facilities Master Plan

2016 Shenandoah County Libraries 5 Year Plan

2017 Shenandoah County Public Schools At Glance: Capacity Report 

2018 Water and Sewer Capacities 

2018 Northern Shenandoah Valley Community Needs Assessment

2018 Virginia Outdoors Plan

2020 Proposal For A Master Plan On The North Fork Of The Shenandoah River

2020 Cost of Community Services Report

Data Tools

Cost Of Food USDA

FCC Fixed Broadband Deployment

Feds Feed Families

Food Insecurity In Your Community

Solar GIS (Mapping Tool For Solar Energy Potential)

Similar Locality Chapters

Albemarle

Bristol

Culpeper

Greene

Page

Readings

Addressing Educational Inequality – University Of Chicago

Constructed Treatment Wetlands – EPA

Educational Equity – Center For Public Education

Health Services And Community Supports Workbook – AARP

Reimbursements To Localities For Upgrades To Treatment Works

What Community Supplies – Robert Sampson

 

Chapter 8: Transportation

Historic Reports

1993 Appalachian Corridor H Elkins To Interstate 81 Corridor Selection Decision Document

1993 Appalachian Corridor H Elkins To Interstate 81 Master Plan

1993 Appalachian Corridor H Elkins To Interstate 81 Correspondence

November 1998 Interstate I-81 Improvement Study

August 2016 The Economic Impact Of Bicycling In The Central Shenandoah Valley

June 2019 Woodstock Bike And Pedestrian Master Plan

2020 VDOT Seven Bends State Park Study

October 2021 Tractor Trailer Ordinance Research VDOT

November 2021 Shenandoah Valley Rail Trail Feasibility Study (Forthcoming)

Current Improve I-81 Plan/Project

Data Tools

VDOT Crash Data

VDOT Posted Speed Limits

VDOT Thanksgiving 2019 Data

VDOT Traffic Volume

National Bike Corridors Plan

Virginia Interactive Bicycle Web Map

Similar Locality Chapters

Albemarle

Bristol

Nelson

Readings

NACTO Street Design Principles – NACTO

Professional And Bureaucratic Constraints – Jane Jacobs

Pseudoscience Of Planning For Parking – Donald Shoup

Smart Scale Technical Guide – VDOT

Tips For Bikeway Design – Micheal E. Jackson

Transportation Workbook – AARP

 

Additional Resources:

Community Planning Project Of 2008

Development Rights Poster

Report to the Steering Committee; Refined Tools for Implementing the Vision

Draft Report With Notes

Public Mapping Exercises

Meeting Agendas And Notes

Additional Notes 

Zoning Ordinances

First Proposed Zoning Ordinance 1974

Technical Critique: Zoning Ordinance Shenandoah County 1975

First Proposed Zoning Ordinance Letters 1976

First Zoning Ordinance 1978

Zoning Ordinance Amended June 1986

Information On County Boundaries As Lawful Fences 1988

Zoning Ordinance Amended March 1993

Trailer Park Ordinance Amendments 1993

Zoning Ordinance Amended June 1995

Current Zoning Ordinance

Subdivision Ordinances

First Subdivision Ordinance 1972

Seventh Amendments To First Subdivision Ordinance 1995

Second Subdivision Ordinance 1997

Current Subdivision Ordinance

Erosion And Sediment Control

Amendments To First Erosion And Sediment Control Ordinance 1988

Current Erosion And Sediment Control Ordinance

Historic Reports

November 1998 Commission On The Future

1999 Community Profile 

February 2004 The Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Urban Manual for Low Impact Site Design 

2005 What Every Citizen Should Know About The Comprehensive Plan

September 2007 Old Valley Pike Overlay District Draft Ordinance 

2008 Mount Jackson Vision For The Future

2010 Better Models For Development In The Shenandoah Valley: Meeting 21st Century Challenges

2013 Strasburg Downtown Plan

2018 Northern Shenandoah Valley Region Multi‐Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan 

Readings

On Process

A Ladder Of Citizen Participation

Community Design Charrettes

Democracy When The People Are Thinking

How Plans Work

Land Development Process

Participatory Mapping

On Community

Million Dollar Murray

Quality Of Life And Quality Of Living Conditions

Uncle Tom’s Park In Jerome

On Planning & Zoning History

Pre-1600’s: Tale Of Two Cities Paris & London

1700’s To 1957: History Of Planning & Zoning

1854: John Snow’s Cholera Map

1860’s To 1960’s: Racially Restrictive Covenants

1910’s To 1920’s Racial Zoning

1920’s: The Suburban Neighborhood Unit

1920’s: The Suburban Radburn Idea

1930’s To Now: Federal Financing Of Suburbia

1930’s To Now: Redlining And Its Impacts

1960’s: Jane Jacobs’ Downtown Is For People

1960’s To Now: Design With Nature

1970’s To Now: New Urbanism

1970’s To Now: Form-Based Code

1970’s To Now: Transit Oriented Development

1970’s To Now: Gentrification

1994 To Now: Green Infrastructure

2000’s To Now: Planetary Urbanism

On Design

Design Characteristics Of Maryland’s Traditional Settlements

Introduction To Townscape

Junctions Of Town And Country

The City Image And Its Elements

Visualizing A Region’s Future

Research

Superheros Need Good Sidekicks

Author: Nancy Sorrells