Albemarle County Planning Commission
November 21, 2006

 The Albemarle County Planning Commission held a meeting and a public hearing on Tuesday, November 21, 2006, at 6:00 p.m., at the County Office Building, Room 241, Second Floor, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, Virginia. Members attending were Calvin Morris, Vice-Chairman; Jon Cannon, Eric Strucko, Pete Craddock, Duane Zobrist and Bill Edgerton. Absent was Marcia Joseph, Chairman. Julia Monteith, Senior Land Use Planner for the University of Virginia, representative for David J. Neuman, FAIA, Architect for University of Virginia was absent.   

Other officials present were Rebecca Ragsdale, Senior Planner; David Benish, Chief of Planning; Bill Fritz, Chief of Current Development and Greg Kamptner, Deputy County Attorney. 

Call to Order and Establish Quorum: 

Mr. Morris called the regular meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. and established a quorum.  

            Work Session:  

a.      CPA 2004-002 Pantops Master Plan:  This is the second of three work sessions scheduled to review the draft Pantops Master Plan and will focus on the Land Use & Places, Green Infrastructure, and Transportation chapters of the draft plan. (Rebecca Ragsdale)  

In summary, the Planning Commission held a work session on CPA-2004-002, Pantops Master Plan.  The discussion picked up the review with Chapter 4 on page 23 where they left off at the November 7 work session. Ms. Ragsdale and Mr. Benish provided an overview power point presentation and asked the Commission to review the material by moving through the remaining chapters of the document. The Commission discussed the remainder of chapter 4 and moved on through chapters 5 and 6 and transportation, including the maps, and provided comments and suggestions. 

Chapter 4, page 23-24 and Framework Plan Map 

·         The Planning Commission had questions regarding what the turquoise cross-hatched River Corridor area was trying to convey and what expectations there would be in the master plan for redevelopment of those areas. The Commission directed staff to clarify this designation in the Plan because it is confusing as it is written whether those areas with hatching are intended to be preserved. The Planning Commission noted difficulties in such precise mapping of land use designations.   

Chapter 5, Green Infrastructure and Map

·         Page 28, The Commission had concerns regarding the fourth paragraph on this page which addresses ownership expectations and public access for the greenways trails and parks of the Green Infrastructure Plan. The Commission recommended that staff revise this paragraph and staff also noted that the Implementation chapter of the master plan would address this issue further. 

·         The Commission noted a correction needed to the Green Infrastructure Map on the Charlottesville Power Equipment site, which is not expected to be a park but will have a greenway connection from Route 20 to Free Bridge Lane.  

·         The Commission asked for clarification as to where the potential park location referenced on page 29 is located, described between Free Bridge Lane and Route 20, south of Elks Drive. Staff noted that it is not the Charlottesville Power Equipment site but the parcel with a significant portion of flood plain immediately adjacent to the south of the Elks Lodge.  

The Planning Commission took a break at 7:50 p.m.  The meeting reconvened at 8:02 p.m. 

Mr. Benish presented Chapter 6 regarding transportation.  He provided a general explanation of the goals and objectives in the Pantops Plan noting that pages 31 – 33 intended to provide an overview of existing conditions.  There may be updated traffic data to add to that section.  

The Planning Commission suggested that the following items needed further discussion:  

·         The Commission recommended that the plan provide stronger guidance on provisions for bike lanes. On page 32, the second sentence references deficiencies.   

·         On page 33, add “and an escalator” following “estimated cost” in the second sentence of the last paragraph on that page.  

·         The Commission recommended that some graphic suggestion of the Eastern Connector should be provided on the Transportation Map. (now the Implementation Map)  

·         The Commission had questions regarding the proposed connections to the City of Charlottesville and why the connection from State Farm Blvd. to Market Street was not recommended in the Pantops Master Plan. Staff noted that there were difficulties with making that connection and that the City of Charlottesville was not supportive of that connection, which was shown into the Woolen Mills neighborhood of the City.   

·         Page 35, the Commission questioned why it would take until FY 2008 for headways of CTS service to be improved to Pantops, given the need for the service now. Staff noted that this was because of budgeting cycles.  

·         Page 36, Route 20 recommendations, the last bullet should be made stronger to read “Pedestrian paths should be made to Darden Towe Park” and “possibly” deleted from that sentence.  

·         Page 39, Emphasize the need for pedestrian improvements for pedestrian access and crossings of Route 250 that may need to be grade-separated. The Commission would like to see some commitment to get people safely across that road. The Commission agreed that a completed sidewalk system should be provided.   

·         Clarify the fourth bullet from the bottom on page 39 regarding Bike Lanes on Route 250. The expectation is that bike paths/multi-use paths would be provided behind the curb and that bike lanes adjacent to vehicular travel lanes would not be expected on Route 250.  

·         Concerns were expressed by the public regarding connecting Tremont and North Pantops and whether the median on Route 250 would be closed with the relocation of the entrance to Hansen Mountain. Staff agreed that the language on the top of page 40 should be clarified.    

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