COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Crozet Master Plan Five Year Update

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Public Participation Plan for the Crozet Master Plan Update

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Tucker, Foley, Davis, Kamptner, Graham, Catlin, Cilimberg, Echols, Ragsdale

 

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

January 7, 2009

 

ACTION:  X                INFORMATION: 

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:              INFORMATION:   

 

ATTACHMENTS:   Yes

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

 

BACKGROUND:

The Crozet Master Plan (CMP) was the first master plan to be completed in the County and was adopted by the Board of Supervisors on December 1, 2004. The Master Plan process included an extensive public participation process and resulted in a comprehensive plan amendment that updated the land use designations for Crozet in keeping with the Neighborhood Model Principles and desires of the Crozet community. Following the adoption of the Master Plan, the Board appointed the Crozet Community Advisory Council (CCAC), which consists of 15 members with broad-based community representation, to assist with implementation activities related to the Master Plan.

 

Being that the Crozet Master Plan was approved in 2004, it is time to initiate the five-year update process as was directed by the Board of Supervisors at the time of plan adoption.  On October 7, 2008, by consensus the Planning Commission generally endorsed a Public Participation Plan for the Crozet Master Plan update which had been recommended by staff and CCAC. (See Attachment A, Planning Commission minutes)  On October 24, 2008 at its strategic planning retreat, the Board discussed the prioritization of future master plans and approved the recommendation to undertake the Crozet Master Plan Five Year Update ahead of new master plans for Neighborhoods 4 & 5 and 6 & 7, which were also approved to be combined into one master plan. 

 

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Goal 4, Objective 4.1:  By June 30, 2010, increase citizen satisfaction with the County's Development Areas by completing Master Plans for all of the County's Development Areas.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

The Planning Commission oversees the master planning process, as it did with the existing Crozet Master Plan, the Pantops Plan, and Places 29. As acknowledged by the CCAC and the Planning Commission during earlier discussions, the Crozet update process will address specific defined focus areas and will not revisit the entire plan. At the Board’s request, the Crozet update process will include consideration of the expansion of the Development Areas at the proposed Yancey Mills Business Park site near the intersection of Interstate 64 and Rockfish Gap Turnpike.  To help with the update of the Master Plan, the CCAC has formed a number of subcommittees and focus area groups, one of which is a subcommittee to work with staff to help keep the process and project on track.  Once the focus areas have been established, the CCAC’s primary role will be to ensure that the process is inclusive, transparent, and comprehensive.  Work will be done according to the attached Public Participation Plan (Attachment B).

 

Earlier this year County staff developed guidelines to ensure effective, meaningful, consistent public involvement in appropriate aspects of County activities, including master planning, to assist the County in achieving successful implementation of County policies, programs, and projects.  These public participation guidelines call for the development of individualized Public Participation Plans for projects such as the Crozet Master Plan update to provide a clear description to staff, stakeholders and decision makers about how the public will be engaged in the process, to clarify the roles and responsibilities of those involved in the process, and to outline project methodology and feedback strategies.   Having agreement and understanding about the Public Participation Plan at the beginning of the Master Plan update process establishes clear expectations and will help alleviate misunderstandings during and at the end of the process about how input is to be gathered and used and how decisions are to be made.  A complete copy of the Public Participation Plan is attached for your review.

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

The Crozet Master Plan update process will be conducted based on available resources.  Outside consultant assistance is not anticipated.  It is anticipated that the process will require 0.5 Senior Planner plus some additional Community Development management time and resources of the County’s Community Relations office.

 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends that the Board endorse the attached Public Participation Plan for the Crozet Master Plan Five Year Update.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

A – October 7, 2008 Planning Commission Minutes

B – December, 2008 Public Participation Plan

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