Community Development  |  Master Planning
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Development Area Master Plans 


What is Master Planning in Albemarle County?

The county's Comprehensive Plan divides the county into designated development areas (5%of the county or 35 square miles) and rural areas (95% of the county or 695 square miles). The intent is to focus development into the urban areas to create quality living areas, avoid sprawl, improve access to services and protect the rural areas.

Master planning the development areas encourages the best use of the finite space designated for development while creating attractive, livable urban communities for the people who live and work there. Master plans for each community become part of the County's Comprehensive Plan which is the county's guiding document for land use and resource protection issues.

Community participation is an integral part of the master planning process. We encourage community members to get involved and stay informed by attending public meetings, serving on community boards, signing up for email updates, reviewing the latest information on our website, and contacting us with questions and comments. We want to hear from you! 


Joint Advisory Counsils Meeting - Monday, March 24, 2014

The County hosted a Community Advisory Council Town Hall meeting on Monday, March 24, from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm in Room 241 of the County Office Building on McIntire Road. It was an important opportunity for members of all four Councils – Crozet, Pantops, Places29 and Village of Rivanna – to meet together as a group with County staff and discuss issues of interest to all development area residents as well as issues specific to each Community Advisory Council. Because this was the first meeting for some new members, a brief review of Council roles and responsibilities was given, including public meeting requirements for Board appointed bodies such as the Councils.

The first portion of the Town Hall meeting was an overview and included question and answer opportunities on a variety of current issues. During the second portion of the meeting te Councils met individually with staff to talk about updates on current and proposed development activity and other  neighborhood issues of interest. 

 Download PDF's of the handout's from the March 24 Joint Advisory Council's Meeting:

Agenda Virginia Freedom of Information Act
Access to Public Meetings
Summary of Board of Supervisor's Proposed Budget Budget Calendar County Executive's Budget Message Memorandum from Deputy County Attorney Facilities Development Presentation