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In cooperation with other Chesapeake Bay watershed Planning District Commissions, communities and stakeholders, the NSVRC is working with the Department of Environmental Quality to further the efforts of the Cheseapeake Bay Program, in reducing the pollution entering and impairing the Chesapeake Bay.

Visit the NSVRC's Watershed Implementation Planning edcuation page at

Regional Planning Area Map


NSVRC has compiled a list of GIS data layers that showcase effects and vulnerabilities due to Covid-19 across the Northern Shenandoah Valley Region.  These layers are presented in a GIS Web Application.  

CLICK HERE to access the NSVRC Covid-19 Recvery Dashboard.


Believed to be native to China, the Spotted Lanternfly was first discovered in the U.S. in Berks County, Pennsylvania, in 2014.

A 2018 investigation by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), determined the pest had established itself in Winchester and surrounding areas of Frederick County.

Click here for more information regarding the insect and the quarantine.

Notice of Public Comment on Housing and Community Development Priorities: 2022 Annual Action Plan

A public comment period will be held July 12th through August 10th 2022 Annual Action Plan for use of federal funding to meet housing and community development priorities for the Northern Shenandoah Valley Region.  The Annual Action Plan includes the following proposed use of CDBG funding in the City of Winchester and HOME funding throughout the Northern Shenandoah Valley for the upcoming program year.  Please note that the CDBG funds in Winchester are directed by the Community Development Committee and Winchester City Council, while the regional HOME funds are directed by the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission. Copies of the Plan are available from the City of Winchester or NSVRC.

2022 Annual Action Plan Priorities:


  • 90% to repayment of Section 108 Loan for Neighborhood Revitalization Efforts
  • 10% to Administrative Activities


  • Up to 20% to Tenant Based Rental Assistance
  • Up to 20% to Homeownership Development
  • Minimum of 15% to local CHDO’s as the eligible set-aside
  • Up to of 10% to Administrative Activities
  • Up to of 5% to CHDO Operating Costs
  • Up to of 10% of total CHDO Set-Aside Costs for CHDO Predevelopment

Additionally, the Winchester/NSV HOME Consortium intends to create a substantial amendment to the 2021 Annual Action Plan in order to utilize HOME-ARP funds in the amount of $2,312,718 to support rental housing development.

Please take note of the opportunity for public comment, outlined below: The City of Winchester staff will receive public comment on proposed use of CDBG funds and the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission (NSVRC) staff will receive public comment on the proposed priorities HOME funding during a 30 day public comment period, July 12th to August 10th.   Citizens may participate or direct comments in writing for CDBG to the City of Winchester Attn: City Manager’s Office 15 North Cameron Street Winchester VA 22601; or for HOME to the NSVRC, Attn:  Community Development Program, 400E Kendrick Lane Front Royal Virginia 22630. An opportunity for in-person public comments will be August 9th during the Common Council meeting.  Individuals that request accommodations for accessibility or language should contact the City of Winchester or NSVRC at least 7 days prior to assure requests can be accommodated. 


All comments received during the input period will be reviewed prior to submitting the 2022 Action Plan priorities to HUD no later than August 16th 2022.