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2008 RRRC Living Towns:  Town of Madison




"Madison Moving Forward, Preserving Our Past"

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Waverly Yowell Elementary School
Madison, VA
8:30 am to 3:30 pm

The seventh annual RRRC Living Towns Planning Workshop, held this year on a beautiful and temperate day in the Town of Madison was yet another information-packed and well-attended proceeding.  The theme of this year's workshop, Madison Moving Forward, Preserving Our Past , featured three strong panels of speakers on topics ranging from outdoor recreation to farmers markets to community walkability. Together with keynote speaker Kevin Schmidt, with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, with a presentation entitled: "Planning for Agriculture," attendees left with valuable insights into community development and planning practices. Our thanks to all of the attendees and moderators for a most enjoyable and informative day!

But most of all, our thanks to the following for their first-rate presentations and invaluable insights:

Welcome & Introductions
William Lamar, Mayor, Town of Madison
Eddie Dean, Chair, Madison County Board of Supervisors

Panel #1

Moderator:  Nancy Knighting, Vice-Mayor, Town of Madison
Fritz Alderman, Assistant Town Engineer, Town of Culpeper
Richard B. Kaufman, Town Attorney, Town of Herndon
Cathy Belcher, Direct Marketing Program Manager, VDACS

Panel #2
Moderator:  Tracey Williams, Executive Director, Madison County Chamber of Commerce
Tonya Triplett, Town Clerk, Town of Damascus
Ann Miller, Sr. Research Scientist/Historian, VA Transportation Research Council
Beth Burns, Culpeper Tourism Director

Keynote Speaker
Kevin Schmidt, Coordinator of the Office of Farmland Preservation, VDACS

Panel #3
Moderator: Khalil Hassan, President, Rural Madison
Bruce Edmonds, Recycling Operations Manager, Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority
Michael Collins, AICP, Town Planner, Town of Orange
Milton Herd, AICP, President, Herd Planning & Design
Jeff Werner, Charlottesville/Albemarle Land Use Field Officer, Piedmont Environmental Council

- Bob Miller, Madison County Supervisor & RRRC Vice-Chair

Copies of the Agenda, Powerpoint presentations and pictures from the Workshop can be found below.

Once again, our thanks to all who helped to make this year's workshop a success; we look forward to seeing everyone again next year!

Note: All files are in .pdf format. Powerpoint presentations are in handout format with two slides per page.

Agenda (85 KB)

Area Identity
  • Marketing Farmers Markets(4.5 MB)
  • Sidewalk Extension & Pedestrian Friendly Communities (11.8 MB)
  • Town & County Rapport (2.2 MB)

Outdoor Recreation, Heritage Tourism & Economic Development
  • Walking & Riding Tours (5.0 MB)

  • Planning for Agriculture (523 KB)

Planner's Tool Box
  • Recycling:  Household Hazardous Waste (13 KB) | CESQG (130 KB)
  • Parking Issues & Requirements (819 KB)
  • Mixed-Use Zoning Considerations (4.6 MB)
  • Community Walkability (9.5 MB)

  • Madison Downtown Project Focuses on Living Town Concept (NBC 29,
    Charlottesville)   Link

Click on any picture below for a larger version

Above: The Town of Madison, site of the 2008 RRRC Living Towns Planning Workshop Above: Workshop attendees congregate in Madison's Waverly Yowell Elementary School
Above: Historic Photos from Madison with the raffle prize, a foot stool from Clore Furniture Above: Cathy Belcher spoke to the audience about Farmers Market and the VirginiaGrown program
Above: Workshop attendees had a short walk down Main Street to the Historic Kemper Residence
Above: Lunch was served on the Lawn with plenty of shade Above: A group of attendees in front of Madison's historic Arcade building
Above : Keynote Speaker Kevin Schmidt discussed Planning for Agriculture Above: A lively afternoon panel included (l to r) Michael Collins, Milton Herd and Jeff Werner
Above: A post-workshop reception was held at the Kemper Residence

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