Development Area Master Plans
What is Master Planning in Albemarle County?
The county's Comprehensive Plan divides the county into designated development areas (5%of the county or 35 square miles) and rural areas (95% of the county or 695 square miles). The intent is to focus development into the urban areas to create quality living areas, avoid sprawl, improve access to services and protect the rural areas.
Master planning the development areas encourages the best use of the finite space designated for development while creating attractive, livable urban communities for the people who live and work there. Master plans for each community become part of the County's Comprehensive Plan which is the county's guiding document for land use and resource protection issues.
Community participation is an integral part of the master planning process. We encourage community members to get involved and stay informed by attending public meetings, serving on community boards, signing up for email updates, reviewing the latest information on our website, and contacting us with questions and comments. We want to hear from you!
Joint Advisory Councils Meeting - Wednesday, June 19, 2013
There will be a Joint Advisory Councils Meeting on June 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Albemarle County Office Building on McIntire Road to discuss proposed changes to the critical slopes regulations in the Development Areas. The meeting will begin in Lane Auditorium with a presentation on the proposed changes, then a brief period for questions and answers. After that, members will meet with their individual councils to discuss and provide input on the proposed changes. The time can also be used for other topics the Council needs to discuss.
For background, over the last several years the County has been updating its zoning regulations to bring them closer in line with Comprehensive Plan goals. In particular, the critical slopes regulations need updating for the Development Area. At present, a single set of regulations applies to the Rural Area and the Development Area. Unfortunately, most of the evaluation for disturbance relates to Rural Area lots which use septic systems and drainfields. A proposal to change the critical slopes regulations was provided to the Board of Supervisors on November 7, 2012. The staff report for that meeting can be found here.
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Community Advisory Council Town Hall Meeting - Monday, January 14, 2013