COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

CPA 2003-07 Crozet Master Plan Comprehensive Plan Amendment

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Review and adopt amendment to the Land Use Plan section of the Albemarle County Comprehensive Plan by replacing the existing profile of the Crozet Community with new land use policies, guidelines, recommendations, goals and strategies for future development within the Crozet development area.

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Tucker, Foley, Kamptner, Graham, Cilimberg, Benish, Thomas

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

November 3, 2004

 

ACTION:     X                         INFORMATION: 

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:                              INFORMATION: 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:      Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

 

BACKGROUND:

The Board of Supervisors has held three work sessions/meetings on the Crozet Master Plan Comprehensive Plan Amendment (CPA) recommended by the Planning Commission.  The May 5, 2004 work session focused on the role of the Master Plan within the context of existing growth management policy as well as the organization and key features of the document. The June 2nd work session focused on the critical elements and implementation measures recommended by the Plan.  A citizen’s informational meeting was also held on May 18th at Henley Middle School to provide the community with an additional opportunity to review the proposed CPA and ask questions of staff and Board members.

 

On August 11, 2004 the Board held a public hearing on the amendment of the Land Use Plan section of the Albemarle County Comprehensive Plan by replacing the existing profile of the Crozet Community with new land use policies, guidelines, recommendations, goals and strategies for future development within the Crozet development area based on the Crozet Master Plan. The Board took public comment and deferred action to allow staff to address Board comments.

 

Specifically, the Board concurred with staff’s recommendation for the CPA to incorporate the critical elements of the Crozet Master Plan with the exception of the Implementation section. The Implementation section was not recommended for inclusion because the proposed timing, funding strategies and policy issues proposed in this section of the Master Plan are currently under review by the Urbanization Committee established through the strategic planning process.   In addition, it was felt that the items in the Implementation section would need to be considered in the CIP review process this Fall.  The Board directed staff to bring back amendment language which reflected this recommendation.

 

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

2.1 Protect and/or preserve the County’s rural character; and, 3.3 Develop and implement policies that address the County’s growth and urbanization while continuing to enhance the factors that contribute to the quality of life in the County.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

Attached is a revised draft of the Crozet Profile for adoption into the Comprehensive Plan Land Use Plan.  Attachment A is a marked up version (with new language underlined and old language struck through) showing proposed revisions to the existing Crozet Profile.  Attachment B is a “clean” copy.

 

After the Board’s public hearing in August, staff further considered how to approach this Comprehensive Plan amendment in a way that reflected the Board’s direction and, at the same time, would not result in a fragmented Master Plan document that might send a confusing signal as to the relevance of the information found in the Implementation section of the Crozet Master Plan.  To address this, the proposed amendment to the profile contains language that emphasizes that while funding and timing recommendations are made in the Master Plan, it is the County’s CIP process which determines just how much will be committed to capital projects as well as exactly when and how they will be funded.  The intent of this amendment is to establish how the Crozet Master Plan will be used, interpreted and applied with regard to the Implementation section of the Master Plan.  Specifically, text within the proposed Crozet Profile states the following in the Crozet Master Plan section:

 

“As with all elements of the Comprehensive Plan, the Crozet Master Plan is advisory in nature and sets forth the County’s long-range recommendations for the development of land within Crozet.  Development guidelines contained in the maps, charts and other supplementary materials in the Master Plan are intended as targets rather than specific requirements, consistent with the advisory nature of the document.  The County’s Capital Improvements Program (CIP), based on a two-year financial cycle, is the final authority for funding policy, including funding level, timing and sources associated with specific improvements.  Although the CIP reflects funding commitments to capital improvements, the implementation measures outlined in the Crozet Master Plan establish the fundamental context of need and the desired relationship between population, timeframe and infrastructure development.  Most specifically, the “Costs and Strategies for Funding Improvements” contained in “Section II. Strategies for Development” of the Master Plan reflect timing for the provision of public facilities and infrastructure “triggered” by projected population growth in Crozet.  It reflects an attempt to program facilities concurrent with Crozet’s growth, an important goal voiced by the community in the planning process.  The actual programming of projects in the CIP will be based on the real timing of population growth, actual development activity that occurs and availability of funding from the sources anticipated in the Master Plan section of “Costs and Strategies for Funding Improvements”. 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

While staff believes the above language will clarify the implementation information included in the Master Plan, there is still some concern that including specific dates and amounts in the Comprehensive Plan will create a public expectation that the County is making a commitment to meeting these dates without having first gone through the CIP review process.  In addition, the dollar amounts shown in the plan have not received careful review and could vary considerably from what is included.  Finally, the Board may want to consider whether or not this level of specificity is desirable in the Comprehensive Plan.  Given these concerns, staff sees two alternatives for consideration: 

                                                                     

1.       Adopt CPA 2003-07 Crozet Master Plan Comprehensive Plan Amendment which replaces the existing Land Use Plan Profile for the Crozet Community with the new Crozet Profile (Attachment A) incorporating the Crozet Master Plan.

 

-          While not removing the fiscal years and amounts included in the Crozet Master Plan, the changes included in the attachment do clarify that the specific dollar amounts and fiscal years identified on pages 15-18 of “Section II. Strategies for Development” of the Master Plan (Attachment B) are dependent on the CIP process and may change at any time based on that process; or

 

2.       Adopt CPA 2003-07 Crozet Master Plan Comprehensive Plan Amendment which replaces the existing Land Use Plan Profile for the Crozet Community with the new Crozet Profile (Attachment A) incorporating the Crozet Master Plan, with removal of the specific dollar amounts and fiscal years identified on pages 15-18 of “Section II. Strategies for Development” of the Master Plan (Attachment B).   

 

-          In addition to the changes included in the attachment, approval of the above (in bold) will serve to avoid potential misperceptions regarding the timing and dollar amounts in the Crozet Master Plan which will actually be determined through the CIP process.  However, all other language in the Plan that identifies the specific projects identified for implementation of the Master Plan will remain as originally proposed.

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

Attachment A—Proposed Crozet Profile (underline & strikethrough version)

Attachment B— Section II. Strategies for Development

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