Mission Statement

“The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission serves our local governments by providing regional vision, collaborative leadership and professional service to develop effective solutions.”


Planning District Commissions (PDCs) were established by the General Assembly under the Virginia Area Development Act (Code of Virginia, Title 15.2, 2210). The Thomas Jefferson PDC (10) was formed in 1972 to provide a forum for discussion of issues localities have in common, or on which there is disagreement; to work to decrease fragmentation in government; to plan cooperatively for the future; and to provide planning services to local governments as requested. As a public body, the TJPDC strives to include the public in decision-making.


The TJPDC is guided by a locally appointed, twelve member Commission, of which at least 51% are local elected officials. Member localities include the City of Charlottesville and the Counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson. Commission meetings, which are open to the public, are held the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm in the TJPDC Office.

Funding sources include annual contributions from our member local governments, state appropriations, grants from federal and state governments, contract services and private foundations.

Strategic Plan

The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission periodically engages in a strategic planning effort to prioritize its activities in a manner that is consistent with its mission. This strategic plan identifies goals and objectives that guide the development of the TJPDC’s work plan and budget. The current document is intended to serve as the TJPDC’s Strategic Plan for FY 2019‐23


Services provided to member localities and the public include planning, technical assistance, data, and information gathering.

  • Grant applications
  • Management for grant programs
  • Transportation planning
  • Land use planning services
  • Strategic planning
  • Environmental planning, including water supply, solid waste, and other resource planning, funding, and development
  • Technical assistance to smaller communities
  • Evaluation of opportunities for local cost savings
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Legislative liaison services
  • Mapping and information services
  • Administration of federal housing program funds
  • Collecting and maintaining data in cooperation with the Virginia Employment Commission
  • Holding regional forums and meetings to explore regional cooperation on issues of interest