COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

STA-01-08, Comprehensive Revision of the Subdivision Ordinance.

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Amend Chapter 14, Subdivision of Land, of the Albemarle County Code, to comprehensively revise the subdivision regulations by amending most existing regulations, repealing or adding other regulations, and reorganizing Chapter 14 and renumbering many existing regulations. 

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Tucker, Foley, Davis, Kamptner, Graham, Cilimberg, Echols

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   YES

 

AGENDA DATE:

December 1, 2004

 

 

ACTION:      X                     INFORMATION: 

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:                           INFORMATION: 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:      Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

BACKGROUND:

At the direction of the Board of Supervisors, DISC II has developed a set of recommended text changes to the subdivision ordinance to address issues identified by various groups related to implementation of the Neighborhood Model.  As requested by the Board, staff prepared the changes which DISC II reviewed and endorsed, with modifications, at their meetings on October 19, 2004 and October 26, 2004.  

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

2.1 Protect and/or preserve the County’s rural character

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:

DISC II thoroughly reviewed the issues requested by the Board of Supervisors.  In total, DISC II met eighteen times between May and October 26 to discuss and develop recommendations for modifications to the text amendment.  At the last two meetings, DISC II reviewed the specific text changes and asked for a few minor wording changes which staff was expected to make and pass on to the Board.

 

Attachment A is a table of changes reflecting the DISC II recommendations.  This table shows changes made to the March 30, 2004 draft amendment, which was the last version seen by the Board.  Attachment B is a summary of the recommendations.  DISC II’s recommended subdivision language is included as Attachment C.   It is important to note that this language has not yet received legal review by the County Attorney.

 

Staff will return to the Board on December 8 to review DISC II’s recommended changes in light of the County’s recently adopted urbanization goal and also to discuss an anticipated letter from the Blue Ridge Homebuilders in response to the DISC II recommendations. After the Board has reviewed those perspectives along with the DISC II recommendations, staff believes any remaining issues can be addressed.  A final worksession can be scheduled for January 5, 2005 to review the ordinance that will be brought to public hearing.  

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends that the Board of Supervisors review the proposed changes and note any questions or concerns with the DISC II recommendations.    At the December 8th worksession, staff will request the Board provide any changes needed to the amendment after consideration of urbanization impacts and Blue Ridge Homebuilder’s comments.    

 

ATTACHMENTS

ATTACHMENT A:  November 10, 2004 Table of Subdivision Text Changes Recommended by DISC II

ATTACHMENT B:  Recommendations from DISC II to BOS 6/1/04 – 9/21/04

ATTACHMENT C:  November 10, 2004 DISC II Recommended Language for the Subdivision Text Amendment

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