Albemarle County Planning Commission

August 28, 2007


The Albemarle County Planning Commission held a work session, meeting and a public hearing on Tuesday, August 28, 2007, at 4:00 p.m., at the County Office Building, Lane Auditorium, Second Floor, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, Virginia.


Members attending were Calvin Morris, Vice-Chairman; Marcia Joseph, Chairman; Duane Zobrist, Bill Edgerton; Jon Cannon and Pete Craddock. Absent was Eric Strucko. Julia Monteith, AICP, Senior Land Use Planner for the University of Virginia was present. 


Other officials present were David Benish, Chief of Planning; Judith Wiegand, Senior Planner; Lee Catlin, Community Relations Manager; Wayne Cilimberg, Director of Planning; Mark Graham, Director of Community Development; Harrison Rue, Thomas Jefferson Planning District; John Giometti, VDOT representative; and Greg Kamptner, Deputy County Attorney.  Mr. Kamptner arrived at 5:20 p.m.


Call to Order and Establish Quorum:


Ms. Joseph called the meeting to order at 4:03 p.m. and established a quorum.


Work Session:


Places29 Draft Master Plan (Judy Wiegand):

Chapter 5. Future Land Use and Transportation Framework

Chapter 6. Community Facilities and Services

-          The Commission continued its work session held on July 31, 200, responding to the staff questions and giving guidance to the staff. 

-          At the last meeting the Commission did not quite get through the land use section or the Green Infrastructure Map.  Staff wants to make sure to get through the Transportation section in advance of the Board of Supervisors discussion next week on September 5 to make sure that all of the important information from the Commission goes forward to them at that time.  Therefore, the transportation section was discussed first.


In summary, the Planning Commission continued its July 31, 2007 work session in their review of Chapters 5 and 6 of the Places29 Draft Master Plan. In a power point presentation, staff reviewed Chapters 5, beginning with the Transportation section on page 41. The Commission reviewed and discussed Chapter 5 of the Draft Places29 Master Plan, answered the questions posed by staff, and made comments and suggestions.  Public comment was not taken.  No formal action was taken.


The Planning Commission needs to go back and finish up the land use section.  Due to the lateness the Commission decided to stop.  They acknowledged that this goes before the Board of Supervisors on September 5 and they would not get the Commissionís comments on some of these items.  It was assumed that this would come back for further comment about the other information such as the green infrastructure and land use.  Staff will schedule a date in the future to bring back the redrafted version after the Board of Supervisors work session on September 5. 


The Planning Commission made the following comments on Chapter 5 and 6:


Concerns were expressed about Guiding Principle 8 that ties infrastructure to development.  The Commissionís desire is to strengthen that Guiding Principle to the extent legally possible to tie rezoning decisions together with infrastructure availability and need. The Master Plan should refer to that principle in important places throughout the document.  For example, in the introduction to the Transportation Section, that principle should get prominently mentioned.











The Planning Commission took a dinner break at 5:41 p.m.



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