COMPREHENSIVE PLAN UPDATE
The Comprehensive Plan is Albemarle County's most important document regarding growth, development and change. It establishes government policy to help guide public and private activities as they relate to land use and resource utilization. It is the basis for land development regulations and decisions (rezonings, special use permits), capital improvements (public projects such as schools, parks, libraries), transportation, environmental and historic resource protection initiatives, new county programs and decisions on the distribution of county budget dollars to a multitude of programs and agencies.
State law (Virginia Code Section 15.2-2230) requires that the Comprehensive Plan be reviewed every five years. It is important to periodically revisit and update the Plan to ensure that it is consistent with community views and is addressing current issues within the community.
Albemarle County is currently going through this review and update process. The Planning Commission is the body responsible for developing and recommending the Comprehensive Plan to the Board of Supervisors for ultimate adoption. At present there is no full draft of the Comprehensive Plan update available. It is under development. Some sections which have been developed are available on-line; however, they have been reviewed and commented on by the Commission, so they are not in their final format.
This webpage will provide the citizens of Albemarle County a place to find out where the County staff are in the process and allow for additional participation from citizens. For more information, please contact Elaine Echols or Andrew Sorrell at 434-296-5832.
THE DRAFT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN IS NOW AVAILABLE!!
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VIEW
The Planning Commission is holding a worksession on the Comprehensive Plan on May 28, 2013 beginning at 4:00p.m. In Lane Auditorium, County Office Building, 401 McIntire Road.
Updated 5/8/13 -- Click here to View the Public Comments recieved on the Comprehensive Plan. For more information, please contact Elaine Echols or Andy Sorrell.
Meetings and Drafts of Plan
The Commission has held multiple worksessions on the update since July 2011. Topics discussed at those meetings can be reviewed at these links to the meetings. For each meeting, there is a staff report or draft of a section of the Plan Update, an Action Memo which is as summary of the Commission’s discussion, and Minutes which reflect the direction provided by the Commission. “Notes” pages describe the recommended changes from the existing Comprehensive Plan language.
July 26, 2011 Review of Existing Comprehensive Plan Goals and Vision
October 11, 2011 Demographic analysis, Development Area land capacity for new residential growth, and review of Development Area expansion requests.
March 20, 2012 Industrial Land Inventory, Rural Interchanges, and Locations for Industrial uses and Target Industries
May 22, 2012 Community Facilities and Design Expectations for the Development Areas
June 26, 2012 Affordable Housing
July 24, 2012 Urban Agriculture (Chickens, Goats, and Community Gardens)
August 7, 2012 Follow-up on Target Industries, Land Designations, and the
August 8, 2012 Expanding Opportunities for Certain Commercial and Industrial Uses in the Rural Areas (and distribution of first draft of several sections of the plan update – see below)
August 28, 2012 Click below to view the Comprehensive Plan Draft Sections dated August 28, 2012:
September 11, 2012 Discussion of Existing Conditions, Natural Resources, and Economic Development Sections
September 25, 2012 Discussion on Sustainability, Growth Management, and Facilities Planning, Historic Preservation, and Rural Albemarle Sections
November 20, 2012 Discussion on further recommendations for Natural Resources, Rural Areas Sections and General Plan Formatting
December 18, 2012 Discussion on Framework Plan recommendations for Southern and Western Neighborhoods. Click below to view the maps:
May 28, 2013 Disucssion on Groundwater from League of Women Voters and Worksession on Master Plans
Livability Project -- http://www.1-community.org/
The City, County, University of Virginia, and Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission began work on a regional livability project as an outgrowth of the Sustainability Accords which were adopted in 1998 by the City and the County. More information on the joint City-County-UVa work can be found at the website above. Staff reports, Action memos, and Minutes of these meetings can be found by clicking the dates below. Clicking on the date will take you to the Planning Commission agenda for that meeting. Clicking on the agenda will take you to the individual topics discussed. Clicking on the title for that topic will take you to the staff report.
To find out what the Commissions said or did at that meeting, click here and then on the Action Memo or Minutes from that meeting.
March 22, 2011 Joint City County Planning Commissions – Grant Overview
August 16, 2011 Joint City County Planning Commissions – Joint areas of discussion
April 17, 2012 Joint City County Planning Commissions meeting - Recap of Community Meetings, Discuss joint goals
June 7, 2012 Joint Council/Planning Commissions Meeting on Land Use
June 26, 2012 Albemarle County Planning Commission discussion on joint goals for Historic Preservation, Entrance Corridors, and the Environment
July 24, 2012 Albemarle County Planning Commission discussion on joint goals for Land Use and Transportation
August 28, 2012 Albemarle County Planning Commission discussion on joint goals for Economic Development, Housing, and Parks & Recreation
December 4, 2012 Joint City/County Planning Commissions Meeting to hear from Sub-committees and discuss joint goals statements and objectives
January 15, 2013 Joint Meeting County/City Livability Project (Joint Vision, Goals, and Priorities)