WHEREAS, subdivision regulations should assure the orderly subdivision and development of land and promote the public health, safety, convenience and welfare of citizens; and


WHEREAS, the orderly subdivision and development of land includes requiring a subdivider to lay out and construct streets in accordance with appropriate state and local standards to relieve the public of the burden that would otherwise exist, to assure that streets are properly designed and constructed for anticipated traffic, and to promote public safety and minimize traffic conflicts with existing streets; and


WHEREAS, current County subdivision regulations allow these purposes to be circumvented by allowing a parcel to be subdivided into multiple two-lot subdivisions that result in lots being created without being served by streets meeting public street design and construction standards or reviewed for approval by the Planning Commission under Albemarle County Code 14-232 et seq.; and


WHEREAS, current County subdivision regulations also allow these purposes to be circumvented by allowing the ultimate subdivision of a parcel to have multiple entrances onto existing public streets, thereby creating additional conflict points and opportunities for accidents; and


WHEREAS, in order to better achieve the purposes of subdivision regulation and to eliminate the potential for circumvention of those purposes, it is desired to amend the Subdivision Ordinance to increase the minimum design and construction standards for private streets serving two lots to the standards that currently apply to private streets serving three to five lots, and to require that all lots created from the subdivision of an existing parcel share the same entrance to an existing public or private street.


 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT for purposes of public necessity, convenience, general welfare and good land development practices, the Board of Supervisors hereby adopts a resolution of intent to amend Albemarle County Code 14-404, 14-412, 14-434 and any other regulations of the Subdivision Ordinance deemed appropriate to achieve the purposes described herein.


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Planning Commission shall hold a public hearing on the subdivision text amendment proposed by this resolution of intent, and make its recommendation to the Board of Supervisors, at the earliest possible date.


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