Community Development  |  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.

Here is a link to an

regarding the Comprehensive Plan


A presentation of the

was given at the Planning Commission retreat.


State law governing the development of a Comprehensive Plan (
Virginia Code Section 15.2-2223) requires every county, city and town to adopt a comprehensive plan for the physical development of its territory. It also requires that the Comprehensive Plan be reviewed every five years. Regardless of State Code requirements 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.

The Board of Supervisors adopted the Comprehensive Plan update on June 10, 2015. The following chapters have been replaced:


  • Natural Resources and Cultural Assets
  • Land Use Plan
  • Rural Area Plan
  • Economic Development Policy
  • Affordable Housing Policy
The plan adopted on June 10, 2015 is in the process of being corrected for clerical, typographical, formatting, and punctuation errors, as well as updated for page numbers on the Table of Contents for each section. Staff is working to have final Plan on-line as soon as possible. THIS LINK is to the plan approved by the Board of Supervisors with changes. These changes are noted HERE.
For questions please email David Benish or Rachel Falkenstein or phone at 434-296-5832.
Please see this link for information on the process of updating the Comprehensive Plan

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