Attachment B – DRAFT Initiatives for consideration with a Comprehensive Plan Amendment






DRAFT Initiatives and Comprehensive Plan Update


(Items shown in GREEN pose little or no impacts to the budget or staff time. Items shown in ORANGE require funding, research, and/or staff time. Items in RED require significant funding, research, and/or staff time)


OBJECTIVE: Educate, engage, and support the public with green building and reduced resource consumption


Strategy: Develop and maintain a website that includes information and strategies to help residents reduce their consumption of resources and resulting pollution.


Strategy: Assign staff time to regularly examine the availability of tax credits and other programs for those who wish to upgrade an existing or a build a new home with green upgrades.


Strategy: Work to notify the public of federal and state programs and money available. Assist residents with applying for such programs.


Strategy: Teach green building and sustainability concepts in schools through workshops or curricula changes.


Strategy: Expand the use of tax credits and incentives for residents who achieve a reduction of energy and water resources through the installation of high-efficiency equipment or behavior modification.


Strategy: Provide free or subsidized energy audits for residents and businesses


OBJECTIVE: Work with development community to advance the practice of green building.


Strategy: Establish an advisory committee composed of builder/developers, green builders, environmentalists to support and achieve the objectives of the Sustainability Accords in the building industry.


Strategy: Identify obstacles to green building within the Zoning ordinance or other regulations and work to remove.


Strategy: In keeping with the Virginia Home Builders endorsement of the EarthCraft green building rating system, request residential developers to complete the EarthCraft scorecard in conjunction with rezoning or special use requests that propose residential development so that the proposal’s local, regional, and global impact can be evaluated against the Accords of the Thomas Jefferson Sustainability Council.


Strategy: In support of the Water Protection Ordinance, improve the quality of local waterways, support the Neighborhood Model, and better determine the impacts of development prior to approval, request developers to commit to LEED-ND (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighborhood Development) concepts in a development proposals and complete the associated scorecard for evaluation.


Strategy: Assist developers in applying for grants for energy efficient projects.


Strategy: Fund a green building and sustainability position that would work to assist the County, public, and building industry to achieve greener practices. This could be a revenue-shared position with the City of Charlottesville.


OBJECTIVE: Review and improve internal operations and guidelines


Strategy: Participate in the ENERGY STAR Courthouse Campaign to reduce local government’s consumption of energy.


Strategy: Create policy for County buildings and operations to reduce energy consumption by 30% in keeping with ENERGY STAR guidelines.


Strategy: maximize the use of local and recycled products and materials; recycle construction waste to achieve a 25% reduction in construction waste.


Strategy: Create (or utilize) an existing set of sustainability guidelines for new construction, renovation, and property maintenance.


Strategy: Create New CIP fund for green upgrades to buildings and renovations already planned in the CIP.


OBJECTIVE Amend the Comprehensive Plan to better support the Accords of the Thomas Jefferson Sustainability Council.


Strategy: Determine what green building certification program most closely achieves the purposes of the Sustainability Accords within the context of the larger County budget through continued research.


Strategy: Identify funding sources and seek grants in support of green building and energy efficiency.


Strategy: Support a unified sustainability committee including County, City of Charlottesville and University of Virginia representatives to further the purposes of the Sustainability Accords through public education, outreach, and collaborative projects.


Strategy: Approve a policy for future shared facilities (City of Charlottesville and County) to be constructed to be LEED certified.


Strategy: Explore ways to tie zoning map amendments and special use permit decisions to developer commitments for green building.


Strategy: Endorse U.S. Mayors Agreement on Climate Change

-          study the obstacles to achieving the Agreement

-          Amend work plan to account for goals of the Agreement.


Strategy: Fund studies to determine the obstacles to district heating and cooling and large-scale geothermal heating and cooling and work to remove those obstacles.



Implement Comprehensive Plan update to Further the Sustainability Accords in areas outside of green building including:


- Transit


- Recycling


- Wind Farming


- Solar Energy Production


- Local Food Production


- Water Resources


- Wastewater Treatment


- Greenways

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