WHEREAS, the 29H250 Phase 1 and 2 Studies have identified alternative transportation improvements and land use scenarios in City/County 29N/250 Bypass/Hydraulic Road/Barracks Road area; and
WHEREAS, a third phase of the 29H250 Studies has been anticipated by the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County to take place in the Route 29 corridor north from the Phase 1 and 2 study area to the Greene County line; and
WHEREAS, the regional CHART 2025 Plan has been under development and, in its final form, recommends new construction projects and studies in this same area, including Berkmar Drive Extended, Meadow Creek Parkway Phase I, Hillsdale Drive Extended and Northern Free State Road (location study); and
WHEREAS, $1,552,051 in funding has accumulated in the Countyís 6 Year Secondary System Construction Program for study/preliminary engineering of Meadow Creek Parkway Phase II, which has been re-designated in CHART and by the County as the Northern Free State Road; and
WHEREAS, Albemarle County has accumulated $300,000 in CIP and developer proffered contributions for the study of regional transportation improvements in the Route 29 North corridor; and
WHEREAS, the County has selected the Northern Development Areas, the geographic area within which the above-mentioned projects and studies would occur in the County, as the next area to be master planned; and
WHEREAS, the critical interrelationship between land use and transportation makes the coordination of land use and transportation study efforts essential; and
WHEREAS, the timing of the Route 29 Corridor Phase III Study and the Northern Development Areas Master Plan creates an opportunity to combine the two study efforts to accomplish a comprehensive analysis and set of findings and recommendations for future land use and transportation system development in the northern Development Areas of the County; and
WHEREAS, the overall project will integrate transportation planning, modeling, analysis, and design concepts for both the primary systemís Route 29 North Corridor and the surrounding secondary road system; and
WHEREAS, locations for the CHART proposed Berkmar Drive Extended and redefinition of the purpose, intent and feasibility of Meadow Creek Parkway Phase II, now known as the Northern Free State Road, as well as Route 29 corridor and other transportation improvements can be identified that are complimentary with land use proposals for the study area; and
WHEREAS, funding of this study supports the ultimate construction of portions of the secondary road network as well as the primary Route 29 North corridor; and
WHEREAS, there is not currently full funding of the transportation system component that would be realized through the Corridor Study; and
WHEREAS, it has been determined that $300,000 should be re-allocated from existing funds in Meadow Creek Parkway Phase II (now Northern Free State Road) to this 29 North Corridor/Northern Development Areas Transportation Study.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, this Board requests re-allocation in the current Secondary System Construction Program of $300,000 from Meadow Creek Parkway Phase II (Northern Free State Road), Project R000-002-253,PE101, to the 29 North Corridor/Northern Development Areas Transportation Study.
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