From left, consultant Vlad Gavrilovic from EPR, Vinton Planning and Zoning Director Anita McMillan, and urban planner Max Pastore from Rhodeside & Harwell, led the discussion on Urban Development Areas, revision of town zoning ordinances, and transportation funding at a meeting on January 25.

In 2015 the Town of Vinton applied for an Urban Development Area (UDA) Planning Grant from the Virginia Department of Transportation Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment.

With more transportation projects than transportation dollars, the state had arrived at a new method of encouraging localities to narrow the focus on where those dollars should be spent. Localities choosing to identify Urban Development Areas (UDA) in their communities increase the likelihood of qualifying for available transportation funding.

The aim of identifying UDAs is to encourage targeted growth in communities…

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