COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Virginia Byway Designation for Route 53, Route 729 (Milton Road) and portions of Route 20 and Route 250

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Adopt Resolution supporting State Byway designation for Route 53, Route 729 (Milton Road) and portions of Route 20 and Route 250

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Messrs. Tucker, Foley, Davis, Kamptner, Cilimberg, and Benish

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

October 1, 2008

 

         ACTION:                     INFORMATION:   

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

        ACTION:   X                INFORMATION:   

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:   Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

 

BACKGROUND:

The Journey Through Hallowed Ground (JTHG) Partnership, in its continuing effort to get National Scenic Byway Designation from the Gettysburg battlefield in Pennsylvania to Monticello, asked VDOT to determine the eligibility of roads in the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Corridor to be included in the Virginia Byway System.  It was determined that Route 729 (Milton Road), Route 53 (Thomas Jefferson Parkway) and portions of Route 20 and Route 250 have been recognized as part of the JTHG Corridor in the County and the City, but are not designated as Virginia Byways.  Therefore, the JTHG Partnership has proposed Virginia Byway designation for the following (see Attachment A):

 

·            Route 729 (Milton Road), from its intersection with Route 250 to its intersection with Route 53;

·            Route 250 (east) from Route 22 to Route 729 (Milton Road);

·            Route 53 (Thomas Jefferson Parkway), from the Fluvanna County line to its intersection with Route 20;

·            Route 20, from the intersection of Stony Point Road (Rt. 20 north) and Route 250 east of Charlottesville through the City of Charlottesville to the Interstate 64 interchange south of Charlottesville (a small portion of this segment, from Stony Point Road to Free Bridge, is in the County and not currently designated. This segment of road is considered part of both Route 250 and Route 20).

 

The following roads are currently designated as Virginia Scenic Byways in the County:

·            Route 20 North (Stony Point Road)

·            Route 20 South (Scottsville Road)

·            Route 22 (Louisa Road)

·            Route 231 (Gordonsville Road)

·            Route 250 West (Ivy Road/Rockfish Gap Turnpike)

·            Routes 601/676/614 (Old Garth Road/Garth Road/White Hall Road)

 

A separate request will be presented to the Board at its October 1, 2008 meeting to adopt a Resolution supporting the National Byway All-American Road designation for Routes 20, 22 and 231.  Roads must be designated as a Virginia Byway to be eligible for All-American Roads Designation.

 

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Goal 1:  Enhance the Quality of Life for all Albemarle County Residents. 

Goal 2:  Protect the County’s Natural Resources.

Goal 3:  Effectively Manage the County’s Growth and Development.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

The Virginia Byway Program identifies road corridors containing aesthetic or cultural value near areas of historical, natural or recreational significance.  Roads designated as Virginia Byways are identified on a widely distributed Map of Scenic Roads in Virginia and promoted on the Virginia Scenic Roads Web site.  The program encourages travel to interesting destinations on these roads, which are generally away from high-traffic corridors. Byways typically stimulate local economies by attracting visitors to lesser-known destinations.

 

A Virginia Byway designation does not impose any restrictions on private property, except that it may prohibit the installation of new signs advertising off-site uses and activities (billboards) along these roads.  Such signage is already restricted by County regulation.  All other regulatory authority remains with the locality.  A Virginia Byway designation does not limit VDOT’s ability to maintain, operate or improve transportation facilities on such designated roads.

 

VDOT staff has indicated that all three road segments (Routes 53, 729, 20 and 250) are eligible and should be considered for Virginia Byway designation (see Attachment B).  Prior to Virginia Byway designation by the State, the Board must adopt a resolution in support of the designation.  The Board may hold a public hearing on the proposed designation, but a public hearing is not required. 

 

Since the designation would not establish any new restrictions on private property, staff does not believe a public hearing is necessary. 

 

The intent of the designation is consistent with the County’s Comprehensive Plan goals to protect natural, cultural and historic resources, including:

 

Goal: Protect the County’s historic and cultural resources.

Objective: Pursue additional protection measures and incentives to preserve Albemarle’s historic and archaeological resources in order to foster pride in the County and maintain the County’s character.

Goal: Preserve the County’s scenic resources as being essential to the character, economic vitality and quality of life.

      Objective: Maintain the visual integrity of all Albemarle’s roadways.

      Strategy: Pursue additional Virginia Byway designations for roads meeting State criteria:

·            Route 53 (Thomas Jefferson Parkway)

 

A resolution supporting Virginia Byway designation for Route 53, Route 729 and portions of Route 20 and Route 250 is attached (Attachment C).

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

There is no direct budget impact of designating these Routes State Scenic Byways. 

 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends that the Board adopt the attached Resolution supporting Virginia Byway designation for Route 53, Route 729 and portions of Route 20 and Route 250.  Since the designation would not establish any new restrictions on private property, staff does not believe a public hearing is necessary. 

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

A – August 27, 2008 Department of Conservation and Recreation Letter to VDOT w/Location Map

B – Letter from VDOT

C – Resolution   
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