Albemarle County Planning Commission
November 7, 2006

 The Albemarle County Planning Commission held a work session on Tuesday, November 7, 2006, at 6:00 p.m., at the County Office Building Auditorium, Second Floor, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, Virginia. Members attending were Eric Strucko, Calvin Morris, Vice-Chairman; Jon Cannon, Marcia Joseph, Chairman and Bill Edgerton. Absent were Duane Zobrist and Pete Craddock.  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 Wayne Cilimberg, Planning Director; David Benish, Chief of Planning; Rebecca Ragsdale, Senior Planner and Greg Kamptner, Deputy County Attorney.  

Call to Order and Establish Quorum:  

Ms. Joseph called the regular meeting to order at 4:11 p.m. and established a quorum.   

            Work Session:  

Pantops Master Plan Update   Rebecca Ragsdale  

Ms. Ragsdale, with the assistance of David Benish, presented a power point presentation and summarized the staff report.  

Based on the Planning Commissionís direction during the summer work sessions, the Pantops Master Plan document has been drafted by staff and revisions have been made to the Framework and Green Infrastructure Maps. The Preliminary Recommendations discussed with the Commission have been incorporated into the draft Master Plan. Similar to the series of meetings held in this summer, staff has scheduled three work sessions to review the Pantops Master Plan draft on November 7, 21, and 28, 2006. For the November 7, 2006 meeting, staff provided Chapters 1-4, including the Introduction, Vision and Guiding Principles, Background, Place Types and Land Use, along with the Framework and Green Infrastructure Plans for the Commission to review. Staff provided the Commission an overview power point presentation at the work session on November 7, 2006 and asked that the Commission review the material by moving through each chapter of the document. Planning Commission comments are summarized below by chapter.   

         Chapter 1-Introduction-no changes recommended

         Chapter 2-Vision and Guiding Principles-

o        The Commission discussed the five Guiding Principles and directed staff to revise #5 to delete a reference to specific public facilities and institutions to avoid leaving out any facilities that may be needed in Pantops in the future. The Commission also recommended that a sixth guiding principle be added that addressed future redevelopment in Pantops.

         Chapter 3-Background-

o        A correction was noted on page 7 to George Rogers Clark museum.

o        The Commission asked how the future Pantops Fire Station would be included in the Plan and were advised that there would be a Community Facilities chapter to address the fire station.

o        The Commission recommended that the Albemarle County Service Authority Jurisdictional Area and service designations be added to page 13 under Water & Sewer.

o        The Commission noted that it was confusing how the recommendations of the VDOT Route 250 East Study were included on page 14 of the report and that this section should be revised so that it is clear that the master plan does not recommended all of VDOTís long range alternatives in that plan.

         Chapter 4-Land Use & Places and Framework Plan (to page 23 of the Chapter)-

o        The Commission requested that the Conservation/Open Space land use designation, described on page 17, be revised so that there was no confusion or expectation that properties should be placed under easement in the Development Area.

o        The Commission asked for clarification as to why the Civic Green center type was listed separately.

o        The Commission asked that the Plan clarify the Community Center and Core designations recommended for the Pantops Shopping Center/Riverbend center.

o        The Commission recommended that insets of the Framework Plan be included with the Place-Type descriptions in the final document to reference the area for recommendations described in text.

o        The Commission discussed the need to designate State Farm as an Employment District and did not recommend any changes.

o        The Luxor/Westminster Canterbury and Rivanna Ridge neighborhoods and their center-type designations, whether or not the more intensive center designation of Community Center should be applied to Rivanna Ridge instead of Neighborhood Service. The Commission did not recommend any changes to the Framework Plan or recommendations.

o        The Pantops cultural center recommendation on Page 23 should be described/defined to clarify the intent of that recommendation.  

The Planning Commission discussed staffís recommendations regarding the proposed language in the first chapters of the master plan and provided comments and suggestions.  Due to the length of the meeting, the Commission agreed to stop and pick up the conversation on November 21.  

The Planning Commission recessed at 5:29 p.m. for a dinner break. 

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