CPA 03-06 Rural Areas Comprehensive Plan Work Session



Review the changes to the Rural Area Comprehensive Plan, as requested by the Board of Supervisors on December 1, 2004



Tucker, Foley, Davis, Kamptner, Graham, Cilimberg, Benish, McDowell





January 5, 2005


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In a work session on December 1, 2004, the Board of Supervisors accepted an updated draft of the Rural Areas Comprehensive Plan that reflected changes made by the Board at two prior work sessions on October 6 and November 3. Furthermore, the Board requested that additional changes presented at the work session by Mrs. Thomas be incorporated into the draft for the Board’s review at its January 5, 2005 meeting.  Staff has since met with Mrs. Thomas to review her proposed changes and have incorporated those into a new draft presented in Attachment A.  The Board has also scheduled a public hearing on February 9 for the Rural Areas Comprehensive Plan. 



Goal 2.1: Protect and/or preserve the County's rural character.



The additional revisions to the Rural Areas Comprehensive Plan are as follows:


1.       Goals have been added at the beginning of each major section.  The Goals summarize the intent of the policies contained in each section of the Plan.

2.       Page 9:  added stronger emphasis on tourism economy.

3.       Page 11: a) added "watershed protection" to Guiding Principle 1.2 Forestry Resources.  Addition brings attention to the role forestry resources play in our watershed protection; b)  added "[p] ermanently" to Guiding Prniciple 1.3 Land Preservation ; c) added "open spaces" to Guiding Principle 1.4 Land Conservation.

4.       Page 12: a) Guiding Principle 10, changed "[c]onsider" to "[i]nclude the goals of the TJPDC Sustainability Council.”  These goals have been previously adopted into the Natural Resources and Cultural Assets Plan chapter of the Comprehensive Plan; b) changed "[p]rovide to "[F]oster" tools that would allow alternatives for smaller lots.

5.       Page 15:  added the protection of "working farms" to the strategy to protect prime agricultural soils from non-agricultural development.

6.       Page 16:  added Strategies 11 and 12 to recognize and protect wine production and to provide support to farmers markets.

7.       Page 18:  renamed "Conservation Uses" to "Land Conservation".

8.       Page 19: a) changed "can" to "may" regarding the level of protection afforded by conservation; b) added information regarding raising public awareness of funding for conservation and the value of funding and implementing conservation measures as in order to achieve conservation on private lands; c) added statement regarding importance of monitoring easement properties.

9.       Page 20:  a) relocated and changed name of Voluntary Land Conservation Programs to Land Preservation or Voluntary Land Conservation (begins on Page 22); b) relocated strategies (Page 22).

10.   Page 21:  replaced Strategy 1; added "and protect" to Strategy 3.

11.   Page 22, 23, 24: a) relocated renamed section; b) added paragraph that ties the need for conservation easements to other chapters of the Comprehensive Plan.

12.   Page 31:  added sentences advising of the impact of scattering residential development in the rural areas.

13.   Page 35:  added emphasis regarding traffic increases on dangerous rural roads.

14.   Page 37:  added statement that RPD's should not become a justification for extending public services to the RA.

15.   Page 42:  added Strategy 19 stating that the County should adopt the Chesapeake Bay Act's provision regarding maintenance of septic-tank systems.

16.   Page 44:  a) added connections between additional traffic, increased residential development and accidents; b) added caution that fiscal resources are not sufficient to make rural roads safe with increased traffic; and, c) deleted reference to relationship of transportation needs and directing growth into designated areas and the goal that the two main considerations in rural transportation are safety and maintenance.

17.   Page 47:  added Objective that addresses maintenance of septic systems while avoiding contamination of wells and waterways.


Staff believes the changes as proposed are generally consistent with the intent of the Planning Commission recommendations and subsequent decisions reached by the Board in its work sessions.  However, Item 15, above, is a strategy that was not discussed by the Commission.  The CBPA requirements include pumping of septic systems every five years (see number 7 in Attachment B).  All changes to the Plan (Attachment A) have been shown as strikethroughs, that have been used to show deletions, and double underscores, that have been used to show revisions.



Staff recommends that the Board of Supervisors accept the revisions as contained in Attachment A and take this revised draft Rural Areas Comprehensive Plan Amendment to public hearing on February 9, 2005.



A - Rural Areas Comprehensive Plan

B - Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act (Number 7 pertains to septic systems)

C - Fatal Traffic Accidents In Albemarle County 1997-2004 (copy will be available at the work session)

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