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2012 RRRC Living Towns: Town of The Plains


"Maintaining Small Town Character"

Thursday, August 9, 2012
Grace Episcopal Church
6507 Main Street
The Plains, Virginia
8:30am to 3:30pm

The ninth annual RRRC Living Towns Planning Workshop, held this year in the beautiful and historic Town of The Plains in Fauquier County was yet another information-packed and well-attended proceeding.  The theme of this year's workshop, Maintaining Small Town Character, featured three dynamic panels of speakers on topics ranging from sustainable agriculture development to Rural Historic Districts and African-American heritage to downtown revitalization and recreational trail development. Workshop attendees left with valuable insights into community engagement, 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:

Workshop Brochure & Registration Form  |  Workshop Agenda

Welcome & Introductions
Robert Gurtler, Mayor, Town of The Plains & RRRC Commissioner
Holder Trumbo, Chair, Fauquier County Board of Supervisors & Scott District Supervisor
Jeffrey Walker, AICP, RRRC Executive Director

Panel #1

Moderator: Susan Eddy, Chief of Planning, Fauquier County
Cheryl Shepherd, Architectural Historian/Consultant| Presentation
Karen Hughes-White, President, Afro-American Historical Association of Fauquier County
Linda Hostetler, Principal, Hostetler Design

Panel #2
Moderator: Steve Gyurisin, Advance Planning Associates, LC
Kathlyn Terry, Executive Director, Appalachian Sustainable Development| Presentation
Don Pamenter, President, & Roy Dye, Executive Director, Stanardsville Area Revitilization (STAR)
Chris Gensic, Park & Trail Planner, City of Charlottesville, VA| Presentation

Keynote Address
Jesse Richardson, Associate Professor, Virginia Tech | Presentation

Panel #3
Moderator: Kimberly Abe, Planning Consultant
Jerry W. Davis, AICP, Executive Director, Northern Neck Planning District Commission | Video
Deana Kelley, Recreation Supervisor/Grant Manager, Town of Wytheville (VA)| Presentation
Martha Walker, PhD, Extension Specialist - Community Viability, Virginia Cooperative Extension Services| Presentation

Monty Tayloe

Note: All files are in .pdf format.

Above: RRRC Executive Director with speaker Cheryl Shepherd
Above: Town of The Plains Mayor and RRRC Commissioner Robert Gurtler
Above: Panel #1, featuring Linda Hostetler, Karen Hughes-White and Cheryl Shepherd
Above: Grace Episcopal Church, The Plains, VA
Above: Workshop participants in Grace Episcopal Church, The Plains, VA
Above: Workshop participants with RRRC Commissioner Robert Coiner
Above: Panel #2, featuring Chris Gensic, Roy Dye, Don Pamenter and Kathlyn Terry
Above: RRRC Executive Director Jeff Walker
Above: Workshop participants on a walking tour of The Plains, VA
Above: Workshop participants on a walking tour of The Plains, VA
Above: View of award-winning gardens by Linda Hostetler
Above: Workshop participants during the Planners Toolbox session
Above: Keynote Speaker Jesse Richardsion on the subject of "A Walk Across England"
Above: Interior of Grace Episcopal Church, The Plains, VA
Above: Speaker Jerry Davis
Above: Speaker Deana Kelley
Above: Speaker Martha Walker
Above: Monty Tayloe with a wrap-up of the workshop

   AICP CM Approved for 4.5 credits

This Workshop is sponsored by




Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission
420 Southridge Parkway • Suite 106 • Culpeper, VA  22701 • Tel: (540) 829-7450 • Fax: (540) 829-7452

E-mail:  planinfo@rrregion.org