October 21, 2019

The Berkley Group is supporting Middlesex County with an application to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to receive funding (Transportation Alternative Grant) for a multi-modal transportation project that has been proposed near the Town of Deltaville.  This project’s goal is to build a safe, alternative m...

October 14, 2019

Matt Farmer doesn’t like talking about himself. But this reluctant spotlight subject has plenty of experience and accomplishments to boast about. The Berkley Group’s newest employee started as Essex County’s Planning Director after over 14 years working for Henrico County. During his tenure with Henrico, Matt worked as a...

October 8, 2019

“Emergency Management protects communities by coordinating and integrating all activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve the capability to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from threatened or actual natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other man-made disasters.” 
Federal Emergency Manag...

September 30, 2019

Our Executive Manager, Kim Payne, would likely rather tell you more about his joy fishing on the James River and being identified as a “James Changer” by the James River Association (JRA) than his experience as a Naval Flight Officer, County Manager, City Manager, or International City-County Management Association Senio...

September 23, 2019

Every now and then Drew and I like to try to go somewhere to unplug from the “normal” routine (if that exists) and focus on bigger picture stuff regarding business direction, programs, and so on. I’ve had the beach in mind for years, and so, at the end of August, we were able to take 3 days to visit my favorite spot – Em...

September 10, 2019

Bart Nuckols is a welcome addition to the Berkley Group team as an Executive Planner with 34 years of experience in planning and administration. His latest position was Planning Director in Southern Pines, North Carolina where he managed planning, code enforcement and building inspections. Bart also has significant regio...

August 27, 2019

What is the most interesting project that you worked on while employed as the Zoning Administrator in the Town of Culpeper?

“Probably the most interesting project was the rewrite of the Town’s comprehensive plan. A planner left the Town at the beginning of the project and I somehow inherited it. After 18 months of work wi...

August 19, 2019

The Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association held its 49th annual conference July 21-24 in Hampton, Virginia. The theme was “resilience” – values, places, holistic.  More than 350 people attended over the three-day period, and it was an opportunity to reconnect with longtime friends and professionals and mee...

August 12, 2019

When City Manager Noah Simon departed Lexington, Virginia for Westlake, Texas earlier this year, he left an open seat in a community that prides itself on history and culture, but also – civility. What a novel concept in this era of division and rancor! Almost an anachronism itself, you ask residents about what makes Lex...

The Town of Blacksburg, Virginia, has adopted the use the Envision rating system to guide sustainable development of high-profile municipal projects.  As a show of commitment, the Town hosted a two-day training in February of 2019 to credential staff from Planning, Public Works, Engineering, Parks and Recreation, Sustain...

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