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The County's Comprehensive Plan divides Albemarle County into designated Development Areas (approximately 5% of the County, or 35 square miles) and Rural Areas (approximately 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. The Rio29 Small Area Plan provides more detailed recommendations for the area near the Rio Road and Route 29 intersection in the Places29 Master Plan.

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 a Community Advisory Committee, 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! 

For more information about the Master Plans, please contact Rachel Falkenstein.

Master Plans

Crozet Master Plan

Pantops Master Plan

Places29 Master Plan
Rio29 Small Area Plan

Southern & Western Urban Neighborhoods Master Plan

Village of Rivanna Master Plan