Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization
of the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission
POB 1505, 401 E. Water St, Charlottesville, VA 22902 www.tjpdc.org
To: City of Charlottesville Planning Commission
Charlottesville City Council
Albemarle County Planning Commission
Albemarle County Board of Supervisors
From: Melissa Barlow, Director of Transportation Programs
Date: April 3, 2009
Re: Draft United Jefferson Area Mobility Plan 2035
Purpose: To brief the Charlottesville and Albemarle Planning Commissions, the Charlottesville City Council and the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors on the draft long range transportation plan for the Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Area and the Thomas Jefferson Planning District, the United Jefferson Area Mobility Plan (UnJAM) 2035.
Background: For the past year and a half, the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission and the Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) have been engaged in the five-year update of the region’s long range transportation plan, UnJAM 2035. The MPO portion of the united urban and rural plan addresses future transportation projects in the City of Charlottesville and urbanized Albemarle County. UnJAM 2035 presents a regional vision for our future transportation system and suggests implementation strategies to attain the vision.
City and County planning and engineering staff have worked together with residents of both localities and MPO staff to develop the document. Public involvement began in spring 2008 with the launch of the www.unjam.org website and a Regional Transportation Summit. TJPDC also hosted an UnJAM Open House at CitySpace on March 12, 2009 to share the draft Plan with the public. The draft document and interactive maps illustrating the proposed transportation projects have been available via www.unjam.org since March 12th.
Issues: While the UnJAM 2035 plan will ultimately be approved by the MPO’s Policy Board, on which two City Councilors and two County Supervisors sit, vetting the document through the Charlottesville and Albemarle Planning Commissions and elected bodies is necessary to build support for its adoption.
A preliminary public hearing will be held at the April 22, 2009 MPO Policy Board Meeting. Comments from both Planning Commissions, City Council and the Board of Supervisors, as well as comments from members of the public will be incorporated into the document before the anticipated final public hearing on May 27, 2009.
In order to remain compliant with the requirements of the federal transportation act, SAFETEA-LU, the long range plan must be approved in May 2009. This adoption is particularly important in light of receiving funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), as a lapse in long range plan compliance effectively “freezes” the MPO’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Projects for which a locality desires to use ARRA funds must first be in the TIP.
Action Needed: The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission and the Charlottesville-Albemarle MPO request formal endorsement of the UnJAM 2035 Plan by both the Charlottesville and Albemarle Planning Commissions, and resolutions of support from the Charlottesville City Council and the Albemarle Board of Supervisors.
View Draft United Jefferson Area Mobility Plan 2035
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