Our Work

The George Washington Regional Commission has had an ongoing Regional Planning Program since the mid-1960s. Because the Code of Virginia assigns zoning and subdivision authority exclusively to local governments, the purpose of GWRC’s Regional Planning Program is both to support those efforts by providing technical support and data resources to our member localities, and to work with our members to establish a vision for the Region as a whole. The Commission also monitors local land-use decisions and development to better understand how local planning policies (both inside and outside of Planning District 16) impact neighboring localities and the Region.  The GWRC has expertise in demographic analysis, geographic information systems, modeling, comprehensive planning, visioning, cultural and historical resource assessment and many other skills.