Community Development Update
January – May 2004
Priority Policy and Implementation Issues
Neighborhood Model Implementation
1. Modify Comprehensive Plan - Complete
2. Modify Community Facilities Plan - Anticipated Completion, May 2004. The Planning Commission has held two work sessions. Solid Waste, Parks, and Administrative sections are being managed under separate efforts and, depending on the timing, will be either incorporated with this revision or a later revision.
3. Regulatory Changes
A. Shared Driveways / Alleys - Complete
B. Subdivision Ordinance Changes (Volume 2 of the DISC report) - Planning Commission recommendation has been forwarded to Board. Initial Board worksession scheduled for June 2nd.
C. Neighborhood Model District - Complete
D. Critical Slopes - On Hold. Work on critical slopes has been postponed to allow staff to focus on relegated parking and Zoning Ordinance changes. Work on critical slopes will start once that work is completed.
E. Zoning Ordinance Changes – Ordinance language drafted and initial public discussion has occurred. Draft ordinance is being scheduled for consideration by the Planning Commission. At present, anticipate this ordinance will come before the Board in the Fall.
F. Relegated Parking - Planning Commission has completed its review. The Commission’s recommendation will be incorporated into the proposed Zoning Ordinance changes, as described above.
4. Master Planning
A. Crozet Master Plan – This item is currently under review by the Board of Supervisors.
B. Northern Area Master Plan - Staff currently preparing to contract for consultant, with work to start mid-year. Coordinating this effort with the proposed Phase 3 of the U.S. 29 corridor study being managed by TJPDC.
5. Infrastructure and Services
A. Subdivision Street Standards
1. Under current VDOT regulations - Complete. An interim agreement has been reached with VDOT on how Neighborhood Model streets will be accommodated under the current regulations. While this accomplishes many of the County's goals for streets, revisions to the VDOT regulations are needed to accomplish address other issues.
2. Revisions to VDOT Regulations - Anticipate Completion, January 2005. The VDOT Subdivision Street Regulations Committee has completed draft regulations which are now available for public comment. Anticipate Commonwealth Transportation Board public hearing September 2004 on revisions to become effective by January 2005. This revision will not address all of the County's goals for streets, but does satisfactorily address the major issues.
B. Water and Sewer Provisions – Complete. Agreement reached that allows public utilities in the street, not previously allowed by ACSA.
C. Fire Protection Provisions – Complete. Agreement reached on street issues that matches fire equipment to proposed street cross sections.
6. Affordable Housing – Adopted into Comprehensive Plan. Committee working on implementation plan.
7. Parks and Recreation Facilities - Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment nearing completion. Recommendations for CIP anticipated from assessment.
8. Promoting Infill - Ongoing. Workload related to ZMAs very heavy. Work on major rezonings is requiring an especially high level of staff resources.
1. Groundwater Assessment Ordinance, which will amend the water protection ordinance is drafted and under review by the Planning Commission.
2. Planning Commission Worksessions held and public hearing scheduled for June 1st.
3. Anticipate Board worksession in July and public hearing in August.
Rural Area Comprehensive Plan Revisions
1. Planning Commission nearing recommendation. Anticipate Board worksession in August.
2. Mountain Protection committee began meeting in April to develop recommendation for proposed ordinance. Work expected to be complete by January 2005.
Wireless Facilities - Board public hearing scheduled for July 14th.
Focused Sign Amendments - Ordinance drafted, completed initial public review and ARB review, Planning Commission worksession scheduled for June 1st. Anticipate Board worksession in August or September.
Strategic Plan Initiatives
1. Implementation strategy for completed neighborhood master plans. - Completed strategy, developing action plans to be put in place with anticipated adoption of Crozet Master Plan.
2. Implementation strategy for County's rural area policies - Strategies being developed concurrently with consideration of the rural area plan.
3. Integrated water resources plan - Scheduled for completion December 2004. Staff currently devoting efforts to completion of groundwater ordinance and implementation of that program.
4. Long-term solid waste strategy - Scheduled for completion July 2004. Staff is drafting strategy based steering committee recommendations and public input obtained through TJPDC’s work on regional solid waste plan, which will be incorporated into strategy.
Community Development Department Reorganization
1. Work processes developed and operating procedures established. Work on refining procedures will be ongoing.
2. Except for Central Operations, all other divisions have completed their transition to the new organization and are operating as planned. Central Operations is scheduled to complete its transition in mid-June with assimilation of Planning permit application processes and public information desk. Central Operations has already assumed all of Engineering, Zoning, and Building functions.
3. Switched to new development tracking database (CityView) in February. As anticipated, implementation uncovered some small problems in processes. Most problems were quickly resolved, though some inconvenience to customers occurred during the first month. Those problems have been resolved and staff is currently working with representatives of the development community on ways to optimize processes.
4. Transition still scheduled to be completed by June.
Additional Policy and Implementation Issues
These are the other efforts currently underway. They are not presented in order of priority and often proceed independent of the priority issues. When conflicts over resources occur, the priority issues are addressed first.
Development tracking database (CityView) - Complete.
29H250 Phase II Study - Public discussions held in April and comments being incorporated. Anticipate completion in early Summer.
Stormwater Master Plan - 3rd Board worksession being scheduled. Anticipate direction from Board on Comprehensive Plan Amendment and the scope of the County’s stormwater program.
Zoning/Subdivision Text Amendments - Work on the priority issues is addressed before assignments are made on the following:
1. Phase 2 Lighting Changes
2. Temporary Events
3. Home Occupations
4. Building Sites
5. Contractor's office and equipment storage
6. Plat coordinate referencing for GIS
7. Housekeeping, clarification of interpretations of the ordinance
Historic Committee – Working on implementation of Board approved “Top Ten” priorities.
Other Transportation – Staff is actively involved with the MPO, TJPDC and citizen committees on the major update of the region’s transportation plans (CHART/UnJam).
3. 5th Street/Avon Street Comprehensive Plan Amendment (Applicant request)
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