The broader footprint would increase the population in the transportation planning area by about 3.5 percent, while also encompassing additional highways.
The region would lose about $58,000 in federal funds for rural areas under the proposed change, but Crum said there are ways to make up the difference.
Two other proposals would boost the role of elected officials in decisions about regional transportation priorities by eliminating the use of local government staff as surrogate members of the board, and by moving arcane, technical issues onto a consent agenda that can be quickly acted upon.
Currently, about 60 percent of the members on the 28-person board are staff representatives, not elected officials from the jurisdictions. Under the proposal, all voting members of the board would be elected officials, except for representatives of five transportation-related organizations.
"I think that would be an improvement," said Del. Christopher K. Peace, R-
Hanover, who had not seen the details of the proposed changes.
Currently, Richmond, Chesterfield and Henrico each have four votes on the board. Hanover has three votes, while Goochland, New Kent and Powhatan each have two. Ashland and Charles City each have one vote.
The board also includes representatives of the Capital Region Airport Commission, GRTC Transit System, Richmond Metropolitan Authority, the Virginia Department of Transportation and the regional planning district commission.
As the planning district commission's representative, Crum said he would propose to serve only in a staff advisory role, while giving the seat to a representative of the Richmond Construction District of VDOT.
Council President Charles R. Samuels welcomed the initiative. "This is an exciting opportunity," Samuels said.