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 will be hosting 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. This will be a very important opportunity for members of all four Councils – Crozet, Pantops, Places29 and Village of Rivanna – to meet together as a group with County staff for discussions about issues of interest to all development area residents as well as issues specific to each Community Advisory Council. Because this will be the first meeting for some new members, we will be doing a brief review of Council roles and responsibilities including public meeting requirements for Board appointed bodies such as the Councils.
The first portion of the Town Hall meeting will be overviews and question and answer opportunities on a variety of current issues. During the second portion of the meeting Councils will meet individually with staff to talk about updates on current and proposed development activity and other neighborhood issues of interest. We strongly encourage all Council members to attend this very important session. We look forward to this opportunity to bring our appointed Advisory Councils together to discuss issues of mutual interest and to meet and talk directly with senior County staff.