May 19, 2004




Mr. Tom Loach

Albemarle Neighborhood Association

1255 Bayberry Court

Crozet, Virginia  22932


Dear Mr. Loach:


I would like to make your organization aware of an opportunity to express your opinion on changes to the proposed Subdivision Ordinance that are being considered by the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.  The Board will be holding a work session at its June 2 meeting beginning at approximately 3:00 pm, and a portion of that work session will be dedicated to allowing groups who have had some involvement in this issue to share their viewpoint with the Board in a presentation that we anticipate will last approximately five minutes for each group.  Groups that will be given an opportunity to participate include the Albemarle Neighborhood Association, Free Enterprise Forum, Charlottesville/Albemarle Association of Realtors, Piedmont Environmental Council, Blue Ridge Homebuilders, League of Women Voters, DISC 2 Committee, and local surveyors. 


At this work session, staff will make a presentation on the overall history and purpose of the Subdivision Ordinance that is currently before the Board following a comprehensive review process by the Planning Commission.  While there seems to be consensus on significant portions of the amendment, staff has identified four issues where there is not agreement.  The Board will spend this and subsequent work sessions evaluating these issues, and will consider input from the groups listed above as they deliberate. 


For your information, we anticipate discussing the four issues on the following schedule.  We ask you to structure your comments in a way that provides your suggestions regarding improvements to the existing ordinance so that we can get the most productive outcome as possible from this work session.  The first issue, interparcel connections, will be discussed at the work session on June 2.  We plan to discuss the remaining issues - overlot grading, street infrastructure (curb and gutter, sidewalks, planting strips) and private streets - at the July 7 meeting.


Please do not feel as though you are required to speak on any of these issues.  The Board is simply interested in providing an opportunity to groups who feel that they have significant comment to make on an issue that is critical to them.  We anticipate that the Board will hold a public hearing later this summer as part of the review process to provide an additional opportunity for public comment.


Thank you for your interest in this important policy process.






                                                            Lindsay G. Dorrier, Jr.






pc:        Albemarle County Board of Supervisors


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