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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: November 30, 2011
Contact: Julie Buchanan, Public Relations Specialist, (804) 786-2292, julie.buchanan@dcr.virginia.gov

Statewide public meetings to gather input for 2013 Virginia Outdoors Plan

RICHMOND - Beginning in December, planners with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation will conduct meetings across the state to gather public input for the 2013 Virginia Outdoors Plan. 

The Virginia Outdoors Plan is the state's comprehensive plan for meeting outdoor recreation, land conservation and open space needs. Written by DCR planners in coordination with state, federal and local partners, the plan provides long-term guidance for all levels of government. In addition, it assists the state in prioritizing projects and allocating funds for outdoor recreation and land conservation.

Virginia's plan is recognized as one of the top outdoors plans in the United States, in part because it is built on citizen input. The last plan was developed in 2007.

"The Virginia Outdoors Plan serves as the guide for increasing and enhancing outdoor recreation opportunities for all Virginians, as well as our many visitors and tourists," said Danette Poole, DCR's director of planning and recreation resources. "We look forward to gathering feedback from communities across the state so that the upcoming plan continues to reflect the needs of citizens."

The public meetings also will enable DCR staff to share results of Virginia's outdoor recreation survey, a first step to developing the outdoors plan.

"During the upcoming public meetings, we look forward to hearing the needs and recommendations for outdoor recreation across Virginia," said Janit Llewellyn Allen, DCR environmental planner and coordinator for the 2013 VOP. "Citizen input, along with research and the statewide outdoor recreation survey, will enable Virginia to be on the cutting edge with regard to meeting the changing trends in outdoor recreation." 

Meetings begin Dec. 13 and continue through March 29. All meetings will be at 3 and 7 p.m. Locations and dates are below.

DCR also will accept written comments for the 2013 Virginia Outdoors Plan. Email comments to janit.llewellyn@dcr.virginia.gov. Comments can be mailed to: VOP Comments, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 203 Governor St., Suite 326, Richmond, VA 23219.

View the 2007 Virginia Outdoors Plan at: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/recreational_planning/vop.shtml.
 

Virginia Outdoors Plan Public Meeting Schedule

Dec. 13
Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (PD6)
112 MacTanly Place
Staunton, VA 24401
Contact: Lynn Crump 804-786-5054
 
Jan. 9
Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Council (PD9)
420 Southridge Parkway, Suite 106
Culpeper, VA 22701
Contact: Bill Conkle 804-786-5492
 
Jan. 19
Crater Planning District Commission (PD19)
1964 Wakefield St.
Petersburg, VA 23805
Contact: Bill Conkle 804-786-5492
 
Jan. 23
Southside Planning District Commission (PD13)
200 South Mecklenburg Ave.
South Hill, VA 23970
Contact: Bill Conkle 804-786-5492
 
Jan. 25
Northern Virginia Regional Commission (PD8)
3060 Williams Drive, Suite 510
Fairfax, VA 22031
Contact: Janit Llewellyn Allen 804-786-0887

Jan. 26
George Washington Regional Commission (PD16)
406 Princess Anne St.
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Contact: Bill Conkle 804-786-5492

Feb. 1
Northern Neck Planning District Commission (PD17)
457 Main St.
Warsaw, VA 22572
Contact: Andrea Almond 804-786-9042

Feb. 7
New River Valley Competitiveness Center
New River Room
6580 Valley Center Drive
Radford, VA 24141
Contact: Lynn Crump 804-786-5054
 
Feb. 8
Mount Rogers Planning District Commission (PD3)
1021 Terrace Drive
Marion, VA 24354
Contact: Lynn Crump 804-786-5054
 
Feb. 8
Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission (PD18)
125 Bowden St.
Saluda, VA 23149
Contact: Janit Llewellyn Allen 804-786-0887
 
Feb. 13
Richmond Regional Planning District Commission (PD15)
9211 Forest Hill Ave., Suite 200
Richmond, VA 23235
Contact: Bill Conkle 804-786-5492
 
Feb. 16
Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission (PD22)
23372 Front St.
Accomac, VA 23301
Contact: Janit Llewellyn Allen 804-786-0887
 
Feb. 16
Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission (PD7)
Main Conference Room
400 E. Kendrick Lane
Front Royal, VA 22630
Contact: Jennifer Wampler 804-786-9240
 
Feb. 22
West Piedmont Planning District Commission (PD12)
Henry County Administration Building, Board Room,
3300 Kings Mountain Road
Collinsville, VA 24078
Contact: Lynn Crump 804-786-5054
 
March 1
Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (PD23)
723 Woodlake Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Contact: Janit Llewellyn Allen 804-786-0887

March 8
Roanoke Valley/Alleghany Regional Commission (PD5)
313 Luck Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24010
Contact: Jennifer Wampler 804-786-9240

March 13
Virginia's Heartland Commonwealth Regional Council (PD14)
One Mill St., Suite 101 (Mill Room)
Farmville, VA 23901
Contact: Jennifer Wampler 804-786-9240

March 15
Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (PD10)
Water Street Center (1 block off Downtown Mall)
407 E. Water St.
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Contact: Jennifer Wampler 804-786-9240

March 21
Lenowisco Planning District Commission (PD1)
372 Technology Trail Lane, Suite 101
Duffield, VA 24244
Contact: Lynn Crump 804-786-6140
 
March 22
Cumberland Plateau Planning District Commission (PD2)
224 Clydesway Road
Lebanon, VA 24266
Contact: Lynn Crump 804-786-5054
 
March 29
Region 2000 Partnership (PD11)
Lynchburg Public Library (Community Room)
2315 Memorial Ave.
Lynchburg, VA 24501
Contact: Jennifer Wampler 804-786-9240
 

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