The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC), one of 21 Planning District Commissions in the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a regional organization representing this area's seventeen local governments. Planning District Commissions are voluntary associations and were created in 1969 pursuant to the Virginia Area Development Act and a regionally executed Charter Agreement. The HRPDC was formed in 1990 by the merger of the Southeastern Virginia Planning District Commission and the Peninsula Planning District Commission.
HRPDC Bylaws (October 2022)
What We Do
The purpose of planning district commissions, as set out in the Code of Virginia, Section 15.2-4207 is …to encourage and facilitate local government cooperation and state-local cooperation in addressing on a regional basis problems of greater than local significance.
The HRPDC mission is to:
Serve as a forum for local elected officials and chief administrators to deliberate and decide issues of regional importance;
Provide the local governments and citizens of Hampton Roads credible and timely planning, research and analysis on matters of mutual concern; and
Provide leadership and offer strategies and support services to other public and private, local and regional agencies, in their efforts to improve the region's quality of life.
The HRPDC serves as a resource of technical expertise to its member local governments. It provides assistance on local and regional issues pertaining to Economics, Emergency Management, Environmental Education, Housing, Planning, and Water Resources, and provides a robust education and outreach program through its Office of Community Affairs & Civil Rights. The HRPDC staff also serves as the support staff for the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO), which is responsible for transportation planning and decision-making in the region. As a Virginia Planning District, the HRPDC is also the Affiliate Data Center for our region, providing economic, environmental, transportation, census, and other relevant information to businesses, organizations and citizens.