COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Update on Places29, Endorsement of Vision and Guiding Principles

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Update on status of Places29 Master Plan and Endorsement of the Plan’s Vision and Guiding Principles

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Tucker, Foley, Davis, Cilimberg, Wiegand, Catlin

 

 

LEGAL REVIEW:      Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

February 1, 2006

 

ACTION:     X                        INFORMATION:   

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:                             INFORMATION: 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:   Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 


BACKGROUND:

The Places29 Master Planning process concluded its second week-long charrette in early November, which included a number of stakeholder meetings, a joint work session with the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors on the draft Vision and Guiding Principles, and two public meetings.  One objective of the charrette was to familiarize Places29 participants with baseline data about the plan area including the economic framework; assets, needs and opportunities (ANO) analysis; and the existing conditions base map of the area.  Another significant objective was to allow participants to review and give feedback on three alternative framework plans that provided a variety of options for land use and transportation networks.  Lastly, the charrette served as a final opportunity for feedback on the draft Vision and Guiding Principles

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Objective: 2.1.1 Neighborhood Master Plans

 

DISCUSSION:

A number of meetings were held during the charrette including stakeholder meetings with those groups that had been identified in advance by staff and the Planning Commission.  A summary of all meetings follows (information on attendees of all meetings is available for anyone interested):

 

      Small Businesses Stakeholder Group (Monday, Oct. 31, 7:00 - 8:30am)

 

      Internal Stakeholders: County & Agency Staff (Tuesday, Nov. 1, 9 - 11am)

 

      GE Fanuc (Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2:15pm)

 

      Public Workshop #2 (Open House: Tuesday, Nov. 1, 5:00 – 8:00pm)

      Approximately 125 people attended - a sign-in list of attendees is available.

 

      Architectural Review Board (Wed., Nov. 2, 10:00am – 12noon)

      Fashion Square Mall (Wed., Nov. 2, 10:15am)

 

      Albemarle Place (Wed., Nov. 2, 11:30am)

 

      Dan Mahon, Greenways (Wed., Nov. 2 1:00 – 2:00pm)

 

      Board of Supervisors/Planning Commission Joint Worksession (Wed., Nov. 2, 4:00)

 

      Shoppers World/Albrecht Property Meeting (Wed., Nov. 2, 5:30pm)

 

      Advocacy Stakeholder Group Meeting (Thurs., Nov. 3, 10:30am-12noon)

 

Public Workshop #3

Approximately 110 people attended - a sign-in list of attendees is available.

 

Next Steps

The consultant is summarizing and collating input gathered during the charrette and will share that information with staff when it is complete.  Planning is underway for an interim meeting with the consultant in February and for Charrette #3, which will take place this spring.  Staff will be meeting with the Planning Commission in its role as the Advisory Council in late January to discuss preparations for the interim meeting and the next charrette process.

 

Vision and Guiding Principles

As stated above, the consultant conducted a joint work session with the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors in November, 2005, to get final input on the plan’s Vision and Guiding Principles.  The Planning Commission had previously discussed and provided preliminary feedback on the Vision and Guiding Principles during an advisory council discussion held on September 27, 2005.  The attached  Vision and Guiding Principles reflect comments from the public, stakeholders groups, Planning Commissioners and Board members prior to January 10, 2006.  On January 10, 2006,  the Planning Commission took public comments on the Vision and Guiding Principles as they appear below.  Although the Planning Commission declined to make any changes to the Vision and Guiding Principles based on that public comment, Commissioners did feel that the comments were important and asked that they be sent along to the Board of Supervisors for consideration in the final review of the Vision and Guiding Principles and as the Places29 Master Plan progresses.  Those comments are attached to the end of this document. 

 

BUDGET IMPACT: 

There is no budgetary impact to this item. 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS: 

Staff recommends that the Board of Supervisors review and endorse the attached Vision and Guiding Principles for Places29.

 

ATTACHMENTS 

Attachment A – Vision and Guiding Principles 

Attachment B - Comments from January 10 Planning Commission meeting 

Attachment C - Comments from Michael McGowan, Chairman of the NCBC (e-mailed to Judy iegand) 

Attachment D - Comments from Neil Williamson, Free Enterprise Forum, at the Planning Commission meeting on January 10, 2005. 

Attachment E - Comments by Cale Jaffe, Southern Environmental Law Center
View Draft PC minutes of January 10, 2006

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