COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
Development Work Program
program progress and consider new initiatives
Davis, Kamptner, Graham, Cilimberg, Benish
January 3, 2007
On April 5, 2006, the Board
approved a work program that Community Development has been following
(Attachment A). This work
session is to review the progress on Community Development’s work program
since last April, consider new initiatives the Board has discussed with respect
to this work program, and determine if any reprioritization is appropriate.
Protect the County's Natural, Scenic and Historic Resources
4: Effectively Manage the County’s Growth and Development.
Progress on work program
issues is discussed in Attachment B. Staff notes the following as significant
with respect to the last nine months’ efforts and work in the next year:
Pantops Master Plan has
been drafted and is currently being reviewed by the Planning Commission. It
is anticipated to be forwarded to the Board in either March or April.
Places 29 Master Plan is
still under development and anticipated to be presented to the Planning
Commission in the first quarter of FY ’07-’08. The work program anticipates
the Board will complete its review in FY ’07-’08. Work on the Southern Urban
Area is planned to start with completion of Places 29.
Rivanna Master Plan is
anticipated to start in the last quarter of FY ’06-’07 and staff has drafted
a contract for this work with the Thomas Jefferson Planning District
Commission (TJPDC) to prepare a draft plan. It should be noted this work is
planned to start with completion of the Pantops Master Plan (see Attachment
Policy discussion with the Board is scheduled for February 2007, noting the
work program has not anticipated any major new effort following that
Plan update is being deferred to provide Parks and Recreation and RSWA
additional time to prepare new plans.
Work on the
Phasing/Clustering provisions is complete.
Work on the Mountain
Overlay District (MOD) has expanded beyond what was anticipated last April
and is now anticipated to take an additional six to nine months for
Work on critical slopes
and overlot grading has been deferred to allow any changes anticipated for
the Rural Areas and MOD to be incorporated into a single ordinance
In addition to the existing
work program initiatives, staff notes the Board has expressed interest in the
following new initiatives:
Implementation of the Development Review Task Force recommendations. This
Board appointed task force has been meeting since April and is anticipated
to complete its recommendations within the next couple of months. Staff
anticipates this will include ordinance amendments that will need to be
prioritized against other work program initiatives, but the extent of that
effort had not been defined at the time this report was prepared.
Transferable Development Rights (TDRs) /Rural Areas downzoning / Receiving
Area creation. As outlined by Mr. Slutzky at the December 6th
Board meeting, this initiative would require significant staff resources for
several years. Staff anticipates this initiative would require a major
reprioritization of the work program. This proposal is currently being
evaluated for workload impacts and staff plans to discuss those impacts in
Rural Areas protection strategies. As part of the MOD discussion, the idea
of expanding MOD measures to the entire Rural Areas as well as investigating
other new protection measures has been discussed. Expanding this to the
entire Rural Areas is anticipated to require approximately the same amount
of time to prepare as an MOD-only amendment, but staff believes it could
require significantly more time and resources for the public process.
Sustainable population projections and correlation to master plans. In
discussing the concept of priority areas within master plans, the concept of
developing sustainable population projections that would be used for master
plans and future Rural Areas planning has been discussed. In reviewing this
concept, the essential first step would be to reach agreement on
assumptions/standards that would be used for developing such as projection.
Staff also notes that no other communities have been found that use this
approach. Thus, the County would be inventing an entirely new process.
Staff believes that drafting those assumptions could be done by a Board
appointed committee with minimal staff involvement but the process of
incorporating this work into the Comprehensive Plan would be a major
undertaking. Applying those assumptions to the master plans could be done
as a routine part of master plan review or development once it was in the
Building / Sustainability Initiatives. This concept was discussed with the
County Board at a September 13th worksession. Staff is currently
working on three areas: 1) documenting existing County efforts, 2) exploring
how to facilitate stronger interest in green building with the development
community, and 3) exploring how to improve communication and understanding
with respect to green building efforts. If there is interest in expanding
beyond that effort, staff believes it may be necessary to prioritize this
work against other initiatives.
Enhanced Erosion &
Sediment Control Program. Several Board members have expressed an interest
in how the County’s Erosion and Sediment Control program could be improved.
Staff has been investigating possible strategies. A higher level of
protection will require additional resources, by the County and/or
developers, as well as raise construction costs. As such, staff anticipates
this initiative would require significant resources to adopt and implement.
Proffer Policy. Staff
noted from the April discussion that a proffer policy was among the
initiatives postponed for consideration. Since then, the Board decided the
Fiscal Impact Committee could initiate work in this area by developing a
better understanding of impacts related to development. To date, staff’s
involvement in this effort has been minimal. The next step of developing a
proffer policy and adopting it into the Comprehensive Plan would require
significant staff resources.
Staff notes this work plan
is largely incorporated into Community Development’s budget. However,
completion of the items listed below will require additional resources or
adjustments to the work plan. These items will appear as proposed new
initiatives in the upcoming budget process. These proposed budget initiatives
are also listed in Attachment B and include:
Neighborhood Planner to
assist with implementation of the Places 29 Master Plan.
requested for Adequate Public Facilities as part of Community Facilities
Planner, per the Rural Areas Plan.
requested for Entrance Corridor Guidelines update.
requested for Historic Resources database.
TEA 21 Grant match for
Phase 3 of Crozet Avenue improvements.
Increased ACE funding
requests (additional funding has been included in the proposed CIP).
Beyond the budget impacts
above that will be discussed further during the budget process, any additional
Board initiatives will either have an additional budget impact or will need to
be achieved by reprioritizing the work plan.
Staff recommends the Board accept the following proposed changes to the
work program: deferring work on the Community Facilities Plan, the
Comprehensive Plan format, and overlot grading and critical slopes regulations.
It is also recognized that any direction on Economic Development Policy
initiatives and Development Review Task Force recommendations may require
additional revisions to the work program.
Staff requests Board direction on prioritizing current work plan items
and on new Board initiatives that are not currently a component of the work
plan. While specific budget direction should be fully considered during the
budget process, general direction from the Board on the priority of work plan
items is needed. An assessment of how best to accomplish those priorities,
whether through additional funding or delay in completion of other items in the
work plan, can be more fully considered during the budget process.
Attachment A - Community Development Five Year Work Program
Attachment B – Update of Community Development Work Program
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