The Win-Fred MPO was created as a result of the designation of the Winchester-Frederick County Urbanized Area by the U.S Census on May 1, 2002. Federal regulations require an urbanized area to create and maintain an ongoing transportation planning process that is comprised of representatives of the local jurisdictions as well as state and federal transportation officials.
The first meeting of the MPO was held on February 26, 2003. The MPO was created through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that was executed between the local jurisdictions in the urbanized area, including the City of Winchester, Frederick County, and the Town of Stephens City, and the Secretary of Transportation for the Commonwealth of Virginia. The MOU was adopted by the MPO at its first meeting, circulated to the local governments for adoption, and was finally executed on April 30, 2003. In addition, the MPO designated the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission to serve as the staff to the MPO.
Structure of MPO
Once the MPO was established, a set of By-laws were adopted on March 23, 2003 to create the structure and the representation on the MPO. The adopted By-laws of the MPO created three (3) committees as follows:
1. Policy Board – The Policy Committee is comprised of elected officials from the local jurisdictions and representatives from various state and federal transportation agencies. There are eight (8) voting members on the Policy Committee and three (3) non-voting members (see committee roster for additional information). The Policy Committee is responsible for making all of the official decisions of the MPO and annually adopts the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) and the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) as well as other plans and programs as necessary. The Policy Committee meets on the third Wednesday of the month.
The staff of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission supports the work of the three MPO committees. The Executive Director serves as the Secretary-Treasurer of each committee and the Commission provides clerical and administrative support at each meeting. Meeting mailings, recordation and transcription of minutes, and documentation of MPO resolutions and other official actions are handled by the Regional Commission staff.
2. Technical Committee – The Technical Committee is comprised of planners, highway engineers, and other transportation experts. There are fourteen (14) voting members on the Technical Committee (see committee roster for additional information). The Technical Committee reviews and makes recommendations to the Policy Committee on all plans and programs to be adopted, conducts special studies at the request of the Policy Committee, and generally provides expert transportation advice to the Policy Committee. The Technical Committee meets on the first Tuesday of the month.
3. Citizens Advisory Committee – The Citizens Advisory Committee is comprised of citizens representing the three (3) local jurisdictions that are in the MPO. This includes the City of Winchester, Frederick County, and the Town of Stephens City. There are seven (7) voting members on the Citizens Advisory Committee (see committee roster for additional information). The role of the Citizens Advisory Committee is to represent the views and opinions of the citizens in the MPO area to the Policy Committee. The Citizens Advisory Committee meets on the second Tuesday of the month.
The MPO committees meet on their designated dates as necessary and conduct the affairs of the MPO. The MPO adopts an annual work program and budget each April and a listing of all the transportation improvements to receive federal funding in the upcoming fiscal year is adopted each August. The MPO has completed the preparation of the 2030 Transportation Plan which was adopted in October 2005.