COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Crozet Library Update

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Update on the status of the Crozet Library and community input

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Messrs. Tucker, Foley, Davis, Letteri, and Ms. Catlin

 

LEGAL REVIEW:  Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

March 4, 2009

 

ACTION:                INFORMATION:  X

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:              INFORMATION:   

 

ATTACHMENTS:   Yes

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

BACKGROUND:

In December of 2004, the Board adopted the Crozet Master Plan, which included a new Crozet Library to provide enhanced library services to the community and to serve as a catalyst for redevelopment in downtown Crozet.  In November of 2006, the Board authorized the design and construction of the library, which is now in the formal design stage and scheduled to be under construction by the summer of 2011. 

 

In May of 2008, the Board approved the formation of the Crozet Library Steering Committee to facilitate the engagement of stakeholders and the public, to evaluate and balance the various needs and objectives, and to oversee the schematic design phase of the project.  The Committee’s ultimate charge is to develop a preferred design option for recommendation to the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors.

 

The Committee began its work in July of 2008 and, with the assistance of staff and the design team of Grimm and Parker, has developed guiding principles and a building program and has considered several site and building design schemes for the Library.  Planning staff has provided guidance on master plan and zoning issues and the Architectural Review Board and Planning Commission were also consulted during the process. 

 

Summary of Major Milestones

Date

Milestone

September 2006

Secured Architect/Engineering firm

November 2006

Board approved library site selection

August 2008

Committee established Guiding Principles as outlined in Attachment A

September 2008

Community Information Session held September 24, 2008 at Western Albemarle High School

October 2008

Architectural Review Board feedback at meeting held October 20, 2008

November 2008

Community Development Staff Feedback

February 2009

Planning Commission Feedback from the meeting held February 10, 2009

February 2009

Citizen feedback received at a Community Information Session held February 19, 2009

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Goal 1 - Enhance Quality of Life for All Citizens

Goal 4 - Effectively Manage Growth and Development

 

DISCUSSION:

The purpose of this Agenda item is to provide a status report on the work of the Steering Committee and to provide an opportunity for feedback and guidance from the Board on the Committee’s most recent design options. The presentation will include information obtained from public presentations as well as from work sessions with the Planning Commission and Architectural Review Board.

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

No budget impact is anticipated.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

The presentation is for the Board’s information.  Staff requests that the Board provide feedback and guidance on the Committee’s most recent design options.

 

ATTACHMENTS

A – Guiding Principles

February 10, 2009 PC minutes

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