COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

CPA 2004-005  Pantops Master Plan

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Public hearing to receive public comment on the proposed Pantops Master Plan, an amendment to the County’s Comprehensive Plan.

 

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Benish, Ragsdale

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   NO

 

 

AGENDA DATE September 12, 2007

 

 

ACTION:               INFORMATION

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:    X        INFORMATION: 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:   YES

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

BACKGROUND:

This public hearing is to receive public comment on the proposed Pantops Master Plan. The Board previously reviewed the proposed Plan at a work session on August 1, 2007. 

 

The Pantops Master Plan process has been underway since July 2003. During spring and summer of 2006 preliminary draft master plan elements were discussed with the public and Planning Commission in four meetings. These draft elements included public input themes and preliminary recommendations, a proposed Framework Map (Land Use), a proposed Green Infrastructure Map, and a proposed Transportation Map. Based on the Planning Commission’s direction during the summer work sessions, the Pantops Master Plan document was drafted by staff and revisions were made to the Framework and Green Infrastructure Maps. Similar to the series of meetings held in spring/summer 2006, additional work sessions were conducted with the Planning Commission in November 2006 to review the Pantops Master Plan draft, in a chapter by chapter process. The Commission made further recommended changes to the master plan and a public hearing was held with the Commission on April 3, 2007. The Commission held an additional work session on June 5, 2007 and recommended the attached draft master plan for the Board’s consideration. The draft Pantops Master Plan, reflecting the Commission’s final recommendations and including the full appendix, is provided as Attachment B.

 

DISCUSSION:

With few exceptions, the major recommendations and goals of the master plan have not changed since the initial relaunch of the master plan process with the public last spring, but have been elaborated on in the text and further refined. Based on work with the Planning Commission, stakeholders, County Departments, and public comments since spring 2006, the Pantops Master Plan Draft has been developed.

 

There are several notable revisions the Planning Commission made following the public hearing and subsequent work session this June.  The draft plan no longer includes a change in the Development Area boundaries for Pantops, which previously included removal of the Wheeler Property at the time of public hearing. The recommended Plan before the Board of Supervisors also no longer includes a recommendation for the relocation of Hansen’s Mountain Road through Glenorchy.

 

Since the Board’s previous work session on the Plan in August, staff has received a request from the property owners of a parcel located just outside the existing Pantops Development Area boundary to have the property included within the Pantops Development Area (see Attachment A).  The Vermilion’s have requested that Tax Map 60, Parcel 28A, located on the east side of Route 20, and just north of Broadus Memorial Baptist Church, be included in the Development Area.  No particular land use has been requested by the property owners.  Staff and the Commission have not previously reviewed this proposed change/expansion to the Development Area boundary.  In fact, throughout most of the Plan development process, the objective in this area was to reduce the amount of the Development Area along Route 20 to protect the visual and historic character of the Route 20 corridor and surrounding area (designated Entrance Corridor, State Scenic Byway, “Journey through Hallowed Ground” Route and Southwest Mountain Historic District). This was reflected in staff’s recommendation to remove the Wheeler property from the Development Area.  This site contains Franklin Farm Complex, a site of potential historic significance, which is identified on the Green Infrastructure Map at the end of Chapter 5 and behind page 35 of the draft master plan.  Staff would not recommend expanding the boundary of the Development Area at this time. 

 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

The purpose of this public hearing is to receive public comment on the proposed Pantops Master Plan.  The Board may choose to act on the Plan or schedule a future work session(s) for further review and discussion of the plan.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

A-  Letter from John C. and Judith O. Vermillion, dated August 28, 2007

B-  Draft Pantops Master Plan, dated August 1, 2007 (A copy was provided to the Board in the August 1, 2007 agenda packet; a copy is also on file in the Board of Supervisor’s Clerk’s office and available on the County website.)

      Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Introduction

Chapter 2 – Vision Statement & Guiding Principles

Chapter 3 – Background

Chapter 4 – Land Use and Places

        Map

Chapter 5 – Green Infrastructure

        Map

Chapter 6 – Transportation

        Map

Chapter 7 – Design Principles

Chapter 8 – Community Facilities

Chapter 9 - Implementation

                 Appendix

            A.         Pantops Development Area Existing Conditions Maps:

                        Aerial Overview

                        Current Land Use Designations

                        Current Zoning

                        Development Activity

            B.         Public Meeting Agendas and Summaries

            C.         Neighborhood Model Parks and Open Space Design Approaches

                                                           

View PC minutes:

    June 5, 2007; April 3, 2007; November 28, 2006; November 21, 2006; November 7, 2006; September 19, 2006;

    September 5, 2006; August 29, 2006; August 22, 2006

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