Welcome to the Western Arkansas Planning and Development District website. Established in 1966 as a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation, WAPDD serves the western Arkansas six-county area of Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Polk, Scott and Sebastian. Our organization's name reflects what we do -- assist western Arkansas communities with the planning for and development of local and regional programs and projects.
Working closely with city and county governments, WAPDD offers an array of technical assistance and management services. These relate to community and economic development, census information and population data, 911 mapping and addressing, utilities mapping, geographic information system services, work force development, and transportation planning.
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Hazard Mitigation Plans for Franklin and Scott Counties
WAPDD is working to update the Hazard Mitigation Plans for Franklin and Scott Counties. The purpose of the Hazard Mitigation Plans is to outline and prioritize the measures to be taken in order to prevent the loss of life and property from a natural disaster. The public is invited to participate by completing a natural hazards questionnaire. To complete a questionnaire, click the appropriate link for either Franklin or Scott County based on where you reside.
WAPDD Board Meetings
- March 18, 2015 at 12:00 pm - Fort Smith Riverfront Events Building, West Room
- June 17, 2015 at 12:00 pm - Fort Smith Riverfront Events Building, West Room
- September 16, 2015 at 12:00 pm - Riverfront Events Building, West Room
- December 16, 2015 at 12:00 pm - Riverfront Events Building, West Room
Crawford County Saferoom Registration Form - Voluntary Program
Crawford County and WAPDD will be working together to complete a Saferoom Project over the next few months. Fieldworkers will be in your area and will be using GPS to locate your saferoom/stormshelter. This data will not be distributed to the public and will only be used in the case of a tornadic event to help Emergency Service Personnel locate you or others that have taken shelter in your saferoom/stormshelter.
If you would like to provide additional information, have questions or do not wish to participate in this project, please call (479)785-2651. You may also register your saferoom/stormshelter by completing and submitting the form below.
General Improvement Fund Application
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Request for Public Comments
For the Western Arkansas Planning and Development District Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)
The Western Arkansas Planning and Development District (WAPDD) has completed a draft of the updated Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for western Arkansas. The CEDS is used as a guide for economic development decisions in western Arkansas (counties of Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Polk, Scott, and Sebastian). The document contains a profile of the region’s economy, including strengths and weaknesses, as well as goals and strategies. There is also a listing of vital economic development projects and performance measures to gauge of the effectiveness of the CEDS.
A thirty (30) day public comment review period is required prior to adoption and submittal of the updated CEDS to the United States Department of Economic Development Administration (EDA).
PUBLICATION: The draft 2014-2019 CEDS report is available for review at this link: CEDS Report. For hard copies, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 479-785-2651.
DATE AND TIME: The public comment period for the CEDS is Monday, March 16, 2015 through April 14, 2015.
COMMENTS: Comments should be received no later than Tuesday, April 14, 2015 by 5:00 p.m. All comments may be submitted either by email at email@example.com, via fax at 479-785-1964, or by mail to WAPDD, PO Box 2067, Fort Smith, AR 72902.