COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
Transportation Strategy Worksession
Board direction regarding strategy for local transportation needs
Tucker, Foley, Davis, Graham, Cilimberg, Bowman
LEGAL REVIEW: YES
September 7, 2005
ACTION: X INFORMATION:
As a result of a work session held in the fall of 2004 on “Urbanization”, the Board of Supervisors’ directed staff to pursue an “Urbanizing County” level of service for the County’s transportation and streetscape needs. At the time, the “Urbanizing County” level of service for transportation was defined as the County providing “essential link” transportation projects, supplementing the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) sidewalk maintenance program and continuing to rely on VDOT and property owners associations for road/street maintenance. Also in the fall of 2004, the Board added a transportation related goal to the Strategic Plan that stated, “Develop and Implement policies, including financial, that address the County’s growing transportation needs.” Finally, in April of 2005, the Board adopted the FY06 budget that included an additional $1.5 million for transportation funding in the CIP. This included an additional $1.0 million for the CIP’s Transportation Improvement Program and an additional $500,000 in revenue sharing funds in the CIP to participate in VDOT’s revenue sharing program.
Over the past year, considerable work has also been done through the MPO’s Transportation Funding Options Working Group to develop solutions for important, regional projects. In addition, staff has spent time considering the Board’s direction over the past year in developing new strategies on how to move forward in addressing “local” transportation needs. In the past, the County’s transportation strategy has focused on maximizing the leveraging of state revenue sharing funds, utilizing local funds for studies and design, and relying, to some degree, on proffers as a component of funding for transportation improvements. The County has also sought regional solutions for important regional projects and provided funding for public transportation.
3.4 Develop and Implement policies, including financial, that address the County’s growing transportation needs.
While staff recognizes that each of these current strategies will remain important components of the County approach in addressing transportation needs, the purpose of Wednesday’s work session is to receive direction from the Board on how additional funding in the CIP and recent Board direction should be focused to address “local” transportation projects. For the purpose of this work session, local transportation needs will be defined as those projects not being considered by the MPO’s Transportation Funding Options Working Group. Although staff realizes that the decisions of the MPO will influence the Board’s direction on “local” transportation policy, this issue in being brought forward at this time due to the Board’s recent commitment to funding transportation in the CIP, the reality of current unmet “local” needs in the adopted Six Year Secondary Road Plan and the increasing prospect of needed critical links to provide interconnectivity and optimally implement the County’s Master Plans.
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