Agricultural & Forestal District Advisory Commission
The Agriculture/Forestal Advisory Committee reviews applications for the formulation of Agricultural/Forestal Districts and makes their recommendations to the Board of Supervisors.
The Committee is made up of the following:
- Four (4) landowners who are engaged in agriculture or forestal production.
- Four (4) other landowners of Augusta County.
- Either the Commissioner of the Revenue or Augusta County's Chief Property Assessment Officer.
- One member of the Board of Supervisors.
Agriculture Industry Board
The Agriculture Industry Board is responsible for identifying challenges to the agricultural economy of Augusta County and working with the Director of Agricultural Development to initiate programs designed to improve the sustainability of agriculture in the County. In addition, the Agriculture Industry Board is responsible for recommending short term and long range courses of action to the Board of Supervisors.
The Board consists of seven members, one from each magisterial district, appointed by the Board of Supervisors to a four (4) year term. The Board meets on a monthly basis.
Augusta Internet Initiative (Broadband) Committee
The Broadband Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of Supervisors concerning availability of high speed internet with Augusta County. Their mission is to identify, promote, facilitate and accelerate improvements to broadband infrastructure in the County.
The Committee was formed in October 2018, and is composed of seven (7) members appointed by the Board of Supervisors, one from each magisterial district.
The Committee members serve four (4) year terms and meet at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month.
Blue Ridge Community College Board
The Blue Ridge Community College Board acts in an advisory capacity to the State Board for Community Colleges and performs such duties with respect to the operation of a community college as may be delegated to it by the State Board of Community Colleges. Members are residents of the region to be served by Blue Ridge Community College and include persons from various businesses, industries, and professions in the region being served. All members are deemed members at large charged with the responsibility of serving the best interest of the whole region served by Blue Ridge Community College. The Board consists of eleven members, with Augusta County having two (2) representatives that are appointed by the Augusta County Board of Supervisors.
Regular meetings of the college board are normally held at 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every other month from September through May with a determination for a July meeting to be made at the May meeting.
Blue Ridge Criminal Justice Board
The Cities of Staunton and Waynesboro and Augusta County established the Blue Ridge Criminal Justice Board (Board) in response to the Comprehensive Community Corrections Act for Local Responsible Offenders and the Pretrial Services Act. The Virginia Legislature placed in the hands of Augusta County, Staunton and Waynesboro, the means to deal with the problems in their own communities. The new programs became effective July 1, 1995.
Blue Ridge Court Services is a criminal justice agency and strives to see that offenders who do not have violent histories give something back to their communities. The agency is not an alternative to punishment, but an alternative form of punishment. It deals with both the punishment for the crime and of treatment for the individual. If a defendant has committed a crime against a person or a person's property, Blue Ridge Court Services collects restitution for the victim. The Agency will also monitor community service performance. If a defendant has a substance abuse problem or other emotional symptom, Blue Ridge Court Services staff ensures the defendant receives treatment for the problem.
The Blue Ridge Court Services Pretrial Program is designed to ease overcrowding of the jail by providing a supervised structure for the defendant. The staff also makes bond recommendations to the court by verifying information provided by the defendant.
The goal of Blue Ridge Court Services is to help those who want help and to make sure the courts imposed sentences are carried out. Blue Ridge Court Services hold the offender accountable and work closely with local law enforcement, the Courts, Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, Public Defender's Office, defense attorneys as well as, the various treatment facilities in the Shenandoah Valley. Blue Ridge Court Services uses community service sites throughout the county. All community service sites must be non-profit organizations. Regular meetings of the Blue Ridge Criminal Justice Board are held in the Caucus Room of Staunton City Hall at 4:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of February, May, August and November.
Board of Assessors
Every general reassessment of real estate in the county shall be made by (i) a professional assessor appointed by the governing body, certified as qualified by the Department of Taxation; or (ii) a board of assessors of not fewer than three members, with not more than one member from each magisterial district within the county appointed by the governing body. Any persons appointed to a board of assessors are required to be real property owners in the county. The assessors shall be designated on or after July 1 in the year immediately preceding the year in which the general reassessment of real estate is required to be made. The Board assesses all real estate within the county and transfers such assessment to the Commissioner of the Revenue. Prior to transferring the final assessment to the Commissioner of the Revenue, the Board provides any real property owner whose property has been assessed an opportunity to be heard.
Building Board of Appeals
The Building Board of Appeals acts on applications for appeals as required by Section 36-105 of the Code of Virginia. Individuals may appeal to the Board within 30 days from a decision of the building official when it is alleged that:
A person is aggrieved by the local building department’s application of the Uniform Statewide Building Code or the refusal to grant a modification to the provisions of the Uniform Statewide Building Code.
The Board is composed of five members appointed by the Board of Supervisors for five year terms. At least one member should be an experienced builder. At least one other member should be a licensed professional engineer or architect. At least one member should be an experienced property manager. The Board selects one of its members to serve as chairman. The Building Official designates an employee from the department to serve as Secretary to the Board.
The Board meets as necessary. The Board shall meet within 30 days of the receipt of the application for appeal.
Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission
The Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission is a regional planning body made up of five cities and five counties in the Valley. Its membership includes the Counties of Augusta, Bath, Highland, Rockbridge, and Rockingham and the Cities of Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton and Waynesboro. Its purpose is to promote the orderly and efficient development of the physical, social, and economic elements of the Planning District by planning, encouraging and assisting governmental subdivisions to plan for the future.
The Commission meets on the third Monday night of each month. Membership in the Commission is based on the jurisdictions' population. Currently, there are 20 members of the Commission, Augusta County has four representatives - two elected officials and two citizen representatives.
Central Shenandoah Subarea Health Advisory Council - Planning District 6
Subject to the provisions for establishment stated in the Bylaws of the Northwestern Virginia Health Systems Agency, Inc., the purpose of the Subarea Health Advisory Councils, each representing one of the Planning Districts in the area served by the NWVHSA, is to advise the Board of Directors on the performance of the Board's function as it works to improve the health of area residents, to increase the accessibility, acceptability, continuity, and quality of health services provided in the area, to restrain increases in the costs of providing services in the area, and to prevent unnecessary duplication of health resources.
The governing body of each independent city and county in the Planning District served by a council are requested to appoint one (1) elected official or other representative to the Council. The remainder of the Council shall be elected by the Council membership at the Council's annual meeting. The annual meeting of each Council shall be the first meeting of each new calendar year. Regular meetings should normally be held every other month, with no less than four meetings in a calendar year.
Community Policy Management Team - Comprehensive Services Act for At-Risk Youth
All members must be appointed by the Augusta County Board of Supervisors.
The membership of the organization in accordance with the Code of Virginia 2.1-751 shall consist of local agency heads or their designees of the following community agencies, (1) community services board, (2) juvenile court services unit, (3) department of health, (4) local school division, (5) department of social services. The membership shall also include a representative of a private organization or association of providers for children's or family services located within the locality, and a parent representative who is not an employee of any public or private program which serves children and families.
The purpose of this act is to restructure a fragmented service delivery system, reduce services costs, and to reduce the number of costly out-of-home residential care placements of at-risk youth. The youth population targeted by the Comprehensive Services Act are those youth who are in, or at imminent risk of going into, residential care.
BRITE Transit Advisory Committee
BRITE Bus offers fixed-route and on-demand transportation in the Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro area. Services are administered by the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (CSPDC) with operational recommendations provided by the BRITE Transit Advisory Committee (BTAC).
Economic Development Authority
The Economic Development Authority was created in 1969 by the Augusta County Board of Supervisors to promote industrial development within the area of Augusta County. The Authority is composed of seven (7) members appointed by the Board for four-year terms.
The primary functions of the EDA are to encourage industry to locate in the area and assist existing industry in expansions and continued growth that will increase employment by providing assistance through the issuance of tax-free bonds for purchase of land, obtaining options of lands, equipment, construction, etc., and providing financial assistance for special projects.
The EDA meets quarterly on the third Thursday at 11:00 a.m., at the Government Center, Verona, VA. It generally meets in January, April, July, and October.
The Augusta County Library Board was established to manage and control the free public library system established by the Board of Supervisors for the use and benefit of the residents of Augusta County. The library board shall implement programs and practices and shall abide by requirements as may be adopted by the State Library Board to enable Augusta County to qualify for state grants-in-aid.
The Augusta County Library Board is composed of one citizen from each magisterial district, to be appointed by the Board of Supervisors.
The Library Board holds its regular meeting on the fourth Thursday of every other month at 4:00 p.m at the Fishersville Library.
Parks and Recreation Commission
The Parks and Recreation Commission serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of Supervisors in recommending policies relating to recreation programming, constantly assessing recreation needs to provide year-round supervised recreation for the citizens of Augusta County.
The Commission is composed of seven (7) members appointed for three-year terms by the Augusta County Board of Supervisors.
The Planning Commission is responsible for making recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on all rezoning requests, and zoning and subdivision ordinance revisions. The Planning Commission is also responsible for the County’s Comprehensive Plan and any other long-range or short-range planning projects undertaken by the County.
The Commission consists of seven (7) members appointed by the Board of Supervisors for four-year terms. The Commission meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month.
The Recycling Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of Supervisors concerning recycling and solid waste issues affecting Augusta County. The Committee was formed in October, 1991, and is composed of seven (7) members appointed by the Board of Supervisors, one from each magisterial district.
The Augusta County Service Authority is "a public body politic and corporate" created by a Resolution of the Augusta County Board of Supervisors. Articles of Incorporation were filed with the State Corporation Commission and the Corporate Charter subsequently issued. The Authority consists of seven members appointed by the Board of Supervisors to serve a four year term. The Authority is charged with the operation of all municipal public water and sewer systems within the geographical boundaries of Augusta County. The Authority Board sets water and sewer rates, determines policies for the operation of the water and sewer systems, and employs an Executive Director to manage the day to day operations of the Authority. The Authority Board determines personnel policies for the Authority and may issue bonds or other instruments of credit to finance the operations of the Authority as required. The Board of the Authority is charged with raising sufficient revenue (generally through water and sewer rates) to totally fund all operations and the capital improvement plan of the Authority. The Augusta County Service Authority is the operator and agent, by contract, of the Augusta Regional Landfill which is jointly owned by Augusta County and the Cities of Staunton and Waynesboro.
The Board meets on the Monday preceding the second Wednesday of the month at 1:30 p.m.
Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport Commission
The Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport Commission is a regional agency charged with maintaining, developing, and operating the airport. The representatives from the five member jurisdictions are selected by their respective governing body. Augusta County is allowed one member. Members are appointed for three-year terms.
Shenandoah Valley Workforce Investment Board
The Shenandoah Valley Workforce Investment Board is a private, non-profit organization providing funds for employment-training and placement services under the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA). The Board plans and oversees a network of WIA programs serving the residents of the central Shenandoah Valley (Augusta, Bath, Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Highland, Lexington, Page, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Staunton, and Waynesboro) to equip job seekers with the necessary skills and education to successfully compete in the job market. Services are provided through a unique partnership involving business, labor, education, government and the community.
There are twenty-nine members on the Shenandoah Valley Workforce Investment Board, including two business representatives from Augusta County. The Board officially replaced the Shenandoah Valley Private Industry Council on July 1, 2000.
Social Services Advisory Board
Augusta County and the Cities of Staunton and Waynesboro share the responsibilities to provide social services to their residents. Powers and responsibilities of the board include the following:
- Know the programs, goals and objectives of the local department of social services.
- Take an active interest in state and local social services issues.
- Avoid any hint of conflict of interest.
- Enhance the public image of the LDSS.
- Educate the public about the local social services programs and activities.
- Serve as a liaison for the local department of social services.
- Faithfully attend board and committee meetings.
Appointments to the local board are made by the respective governing body. Augusta County has three (3) members on the Board, and they serve four-year terms.
The Advisory Board meets jointly with the Staunton Board of Social Services, the Augusta County Board of Social Services, and the Waynesboro Board of Social Services four times a year. The quarterly meetings are usually scheduled on the last Tuesday of the month. Advisory Board members are notified of the date, time, and location of the meeting.
Valley Community Services Board
The Valley Community Services Board is responsible for planning and implementing programs for mental health, intellectual disability, and substance abuse (drug and alcohol). The Valley Community Services Board serves Staunton, Waynesboro, Augusta County, and Highland County. The Board consists of five (5) members from Waynesboro, five (5) from Staunton, five (5) from Augusta County, and one (1) from Highland County. Each member is appointed by his or her respective governing body to serve a three- (3) year term, and may be re-appointed to a second three (3) year term.
The Board meets on the last Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m., at the Valley Community Services Board Office.
Valley Program for Aging Services
Valley Program for Aging Services is a regional agency charged with promoting and assuring the highest level of service attainable for every elderly person within Planning District Six, in an environment which contributes positively to healthful individual and family living. A Board of Directors has created advisory councils, which includes appointments from member jurisdictions. Augusta County is allowed one member. Members are appointed for two-year terms.
The Advisory Council meets the second Tuesday at 9:45 a.m. at the Waynesboro Senior Center and the third Thursday at 4:00 p.m. at the Staunton Senior Center.
The role of the Advisory Council is to:
- Advise the Board of Directors in planning activities and services which benefit elderly,
- Advocate for the elderly,
- Be a forum for discussion of issues that affect the elderly,
- Be a channel for suggestions and advice to the Executive Director in administering the programs of the Area Agency on Aging.
The Youth Commission is a 15-member Board, made up of equal representation from the County of Augusta and the Cities of Staunton and Waynesboro. One member from each locality shall be a youth member (those who have not reached their eighteenth birthday at time of appointment). The purpose of the Youth Commission is to provide positive youth development of the youth of the region and to insure the provision of comprehensive delinquency prevention through interaction, active involvement, and cooperation with the community, agency representatives, the public and local youth.
The Board meets on the second Wednesday every other month (January, March, May, July, September, November) at 5:30 p.m., at The United Way of Greater Augusta community room.