Community Development  |  Boards and Commmissions

Planning Commission
Promote the orderly development of Albemarle County and its environment. Serve primarily in an advisory capacity to the Board of County Supervisors in accomplishing the objectives of Section 15.2-2210 of the Code of Virginia. This Commission also serves to improve public health, safety, convenience and welfare of County citizens and to plan for the future development of the County to the end that transportation systems be carefully planned, that new community centers be developed with adequate highway, utility, health, educational, and recreational facilities, that the needs of agriculture, industry and business be recognized in future growth, that residential areas be provided with healthy surroundings for family life, that agricultural and forestal land be preserved, and that the growth of the community be consonant with the efficient and economical use of public funds.

Architectural Review Board
The Architectural Review Board shall administer the provisions of Section 30.6 Entrance Corridor Overlay District of the Albemarle County Zoning Ordinance in accordance with duties as set forth in such district, and shall promulgate appropriate design standards for such districts for ratification by the Board of County Supervisors.

Board of Zoning Appeals
The establishment and organization of the Albemarle County Board of Zoning Appeals or BZA is established in the Code of Virginia, Section 15.2-2308. The powers and duties of the BZA are also outlined in the Code of Virginia, Section 15.2-2309.

Acquisition of Conservation Easements (ACE) Appraisal Review Committee
The committee shall have the power and duties to review appraisals to make sure they are consistent with appropriate appraisal guidelines and practices and to make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors.

Acquisition of Conservation Easements Committee (ACE)
Promote the ACE program by providing educational materials to the public and conducting information meetings. Review ranking of applications recommended by program administrator, and make its recommendation to the Board of Supervisors as to which conservation easements should be purchased. Review list of ranked parcels submitted by program administrator and rank parcels in order of priority. Forward to the Board by September 1 its recommendation of which easements should be purchased. Annually review the program's eligibility and ranking criteria and recommend to the Board any changes needed to maintain the program's consistency with the comprehensive plan, or to improve the administration, implementation, and effectiveness of the program.

Route 250 West Task Force
Review and make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors with regard to all transportation improvements on the Route 250 West corridor (250 Bypass to the Yancey Mill interchange). The Task Force will review, with public participation when necessary, each proposal prior to approval or inclusion in any request for funding. The Task Force will include in its consideration projects already in or proposed to be in the Six Year Secondary and Primary Road Plans, short-term projects recommended in the Route 250 West Corridor Study, and other transportation or development proposals that may be presented by residents and businesses affecting the Route 250 West Corridor.

Public Recreational Facilities Authority (PRFA)
The Authority accepts, holds, protects, enforces and administers open-space land and interests therein, under the provisions of Chapter 17 of Title 10.1 of the Code of Virginia 1950, as specifically prescribed by Code Section 10.1-1701. Easements are generated by the selection of the rural preservation development option to encourage more effective land usage and by grantors for other purposes. The purposes shall not include power to acquire interests in land by purchase or by eminent domain without the express concurrence of the Board of County Supervisors, but shall be limited to accepting interests in land which from time to time may be voluntarily conveyed to the Authority by the owner or owners therefore. The purpose shall not include the power to issue bonds or to incur debt.

Blue Ridge Committee for Shenandoah Park Relations
The purpose of the committee is to provide for a two way conduit of information. Discussions include issues such as, wildlife management practices, law enforcement, cross promotion for tourism, potential expansion, park history, and related land studies.

Natural Heritage Committee
The Natural Heritage Committee is an advisory committee that maintains the County's Biodiversity Assessment, advises the Board of Supervisors, the Planning Commission, and County staff on applying biodiversity information to land-use decision-making, and supports biodiversity education in the County. 

Agricultural/Forestal Committee
See subsections 15.1-1507 through 15.1-1513 of the Virginia State Code. The committee shall advise the local planning commission and the local governing body and assist in creating, reviewing, modifying, continuing or terminating districts within the locality. In particular the committee shall render expert advice as to the nature of farming and forestry and agricultural and forestal resources within the district and their relation to the entire locality.)