WHEREAS, the County of Albemarle is one of the localities subject to Virginia Code § 15.2-2223.1, which requires localities to amend their comprehensive plans to designate one or more Urban Development Areas (“UDA”) and to incorporate principles of new urbanism and traditional neighborhood development, as defined therein; and
WHEREAS, in lieu of amending the County’s Comprehensive Plan, the Board of Supervisors is authorized by Virginia Code § 15.2-2223.1(E) to adopt a resolution certifying that the Comprehensive Plan accommodates growth in a manner consistent with the elements of a UDA and the principles of new urbanism and traditional neighborhood development; and
WHEREAS, the County’s Comprehensive Plan addresses the elements of a UDA by allowing residential density of at least 4 dwelling units per gross acre (with the exception of the Village of Rivanna) and allowing commercial density having FARs of 0.4 per gross acre; by encouraging a mixture of housing types, including affordable housing, in all Development Areas; by providing that Development Areas are predominantly served by public water and sewer services and having a policy to extend public water and sewer facilities to all lands within the Development Areas; by locating the Development Areas in close proximity to various transportation facilities including inter-county and major intra-county roadways as well as other transportation services; and by locating Development Areas in close proximity to the City of Charlottesville (the Urban Area comprised of Neighborhoods 1-7 including the Pantops Master Plan Area), areas that are developed and continue to develop north of the Urban Area (the Communities of Hollymead and Piney Mountain), and areas that are already developed (the Community of Crozet and the Village of Rivanna); and
WHEREAS, the Development Areas incorporate principles of new urbanism and traditional neighborhood development in that they comprise 36 square miles or 5% of the County’s total land area, and the form and characteristics of their development are guided by the Neighborhood Model, which promotes density through principles of pedestrian orientation, neighborhood friendly streets, street interconnections, parks and open space, neighborhood centers, buildings of human scale, relegated parking, mixture of uses, mixture of housing types and affordability, redevelopment, site development that respects terrain and clear boundaries with the Rural Areas.
WHEREAS, the Development Areas are established to accommodate development for the next 20 years and, while it may be possible that the Development Areas are sufficient to accommodate development beyond 20 years, the overarching elements of a UDA and the principles of new urbanism and traditional neighborhood development expressed in Virginia Code § 15.2-2223.1 are better achieved by the current compact sizes of the Development Areas, their periodic review every 5 years, the County’s existing development policies, and the Neighborhood Model’s policy of establishing clear boundaries with the Rural Areas.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors hereby certifies that the County’s Comprehensive Plan accommodates growth in a manner consistent with Virginia Code §15.2-2223.1.
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