WHEREAS, the Mountain Protection Plan (the “Plan”), a section of the Comprehensive Plan, was adopted by the Board of Supervisors in 1998; among other things, the Plan recommended the establishment of a Mountain Overlay District to protect the resources characteristic of or dependent on the mountainous regions of Albemarle County;  


WHEREAS, the Mountain Overlay District Committee established by the Board of Supervisors on June 4, 2003, has recommended a range of regulations intended to protect the economic, cultural, and natural resources of Albemarle County’s mountains;


WHEREAS, the Mountain Overlay District’s recommendations include the creation of a zoning overlay district that would require that lots created by subdivision within the district be clustered; such clustering would maintain the currently allowed density but would require the development to occur in a more compact form, thereby reducing the amount of land used for residential development in the Mountain Overlay District and increasing the amount of land available for agriculture, open space, and natural, scenic and historic resources; and  


WHEREAS, the Mountain Overlay District Committee also has recommended regulations for the proposed Mountain Overlay District pertaining to the disturbance of critical slopes, stream buffers, erosion and sediment control, the height of structures, and the provision of safe access for fire rescue vehicles to building sites.


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT for purposes of public necessity, convenience, general welfare and good zoning and land development practices, the Board of Supervisors hereby adopts a resolution of intent to amend the Zoning Ordinance, the Subdivision Ordinance and any other regulations of the Albemarle County Code deemed appropriate to achieve the purposes described herein.


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Planning Commission shall hold a public hearing on the zoning and subdivision text amendments proposed by this resolution of intent, and make its recommendation to the Board of Supervisors, at the earliest possible date.


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