Member Directory

Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC)

Address 401 E. Water Street
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902-1505
Phone (434) 979-1597
Website http://www.tjpdc.org
Primary Contact Christine Jacobs
Primary Email cjacobs@tjpdc.org
Executive Director Christine Jacobs
Primary Focus Area Civic
Service Areas
  • Albemarle
  • Charlottesville
  • Fluvanna
  • Greene
  • Louisa
  • Nelson

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 in 1969, to encourage and facilitate regional solutions to problems of area-wide significance. This cooperation recognizes regional opportunities and the importance of regional influences in planning and implementing public policies and services. PDCs promote the efficient development of the physical, social, and economic policies by assisting local governments to plan for the future. The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC) is directed by a twelve-member board, consisting of two representatives appointed by each local governing board, with a majority of local elected officials. Member localities include the City of Charlottesville and the Counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson.

Key Programs

Program 1
Description:The TJPDC plays a major role in transportation planning throughout the region. The Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is the decision-making body for the urban areas. The Rural Transportation Program is the cooperative forum for transportation planning among VDOT, DRPT and the counties of the TJPDC.
Examples of Program Success:TJPDC prepares Long Range Transportation Plans for the MPO and Rural areas. These served as the basis for identifying and analyzing projects submitted to VDOT. Projects totaling over $52 million have been recommended for funding in the region.

TJPDC conducted the Bike Route 76 over 70 recommendations for improving safety and recreational value along the TJPDC portion of Bike Route 76. The Virginia Bicycling Corridor Study, including 25 mini-corridor studies. The report includes Federation recognized the TJPDC for “outstanding service and actions” in its work on the Study.
Total Program Budget:$560,143
Program 2
Description:TJPDC is the administrative and planning agent for the regional HOME Consortium, which includes all localities in the Planning District. The TJPDC led the effort to create the Consortium in 1992, bringing funds to the region than no locality was eligible for on their own. HOME funds are used for housing projects, including home ownership assistance, rehabilitation of owner-occupied homes and rental development. Program funds are allocated equally among the six jurisdictions.
TJPDC also administers the Housing Preservation Grant (HPG), providing funds for emergency repair and rehabilitation for income-qualified households in the rural portions of the planning district.
Sub-recipients carry out projects under both programs. These are the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program (AHIP), Fluvanna/Louisa Housing Foundation (F/LHF), Nelson County Community Development Foundation (NCCDF), Skyline CAP (serving Greene County), and Piedmont Housing Alliance.
Examples of Program Success:From its inception in 1993 through 2015, HOME funds to our region through the Consortium have totaled $18.23 million, providing assistance for over 1,600 projects.
Total Program Budget:$488,244