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Comp Plan Update Schedule Adjusted Public Hearing Set for April 2

Due to the power outages yesterday, staff has been unable to complete production of the Comprehensive Plan draft which was originally scheduled for public view on March 11. The new date for distribution of the draft Comprehensive Plan update is March 18. An open house will be held on March 21 in the lobby of the McIntire COB from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The new public hearing date is April 2.

Albemarle County has completed updates to its Comprehensive Plan, which is required every five years according to the Code of Virginia. 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, and is the basis for land development regulations and decisions. County staff and the Planning Commission have worked to make sections of the Comprehensive Plan more "current" with updated information and standardize land use maps and that information will now be made available for the public to review.

The culmination of this work will be the Comprehensive Plan Update 2013 Draft which will be available on disk and online beginning March 18.

An open house will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2013 in the 2nd floor lobby, County Office Building, 401 McIntire Road, from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. County staff will be available to explain different features of the plan, answer questions, and take comments which will be forwarded to the Planning Commission prior to the public hearing. Contact information for Planning Commissioners may be found through the Community Development page at

The Planning Commission's Public Hearing is set for Tuesday, April 2, 2013.

For questions or additional information, contact Elaine Echols or Andy Sorrell at 296-5832 or email them at or


The last adoption of all of the elements of the Comprehensive Plan at the same time was in 1989. The Land Use element was last reviewed and adopted in its entirety in 1996. Since 1996, the County has updated sections of the Comprehensive Plan as part of an ongoing review:

  • Natural Resources and Cultural Assets (1999)
  • Land Use Plan (LUP) - Neighborhood Model (2001)
  • Affordable Housing Policy (2004)
  • Rural Area Plan (2005)
  • Transportation Section (2005)
  • Community Facilities (part) (2007)
  • Economic Development Policy (2009)
  • Land Use Plan - Four Master Plans (2004, 2008, 2010 and 2011)

Since July 2011, the Commission and staff have been working to consolidate and update these plans into a single document. Specific attention has been given to the County's

  • Interstate interchange policy
  • Industrial land designations
  • Affordable housing policy
  • Capacity for development in the Development Areas and expansion area requests
  • Rural land use, especially agri-tourism
  • Urban agriculture
  • General land use and transportation for the Southern and Western Neighborhoods
  • Planning in conjunction with the City of Charlottesville and the University of Virginia

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