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April 04, 2008

County Planning Commission denies Berkmar Business Park; cites connector road concerns

Wideshot The Albemarle County Planning Commission has voted 6 to 1 to recommend denial of a rezoning of 5.67 acres on Berkmar Drive, citing a concern that the developer is not proffering enough to mitigate the impacts on traffic that will be caused by the mixed-use development.

Stonehaus Development wants the County to rezone the property from R-6 to Neighborhood Model District, which would allow for the construction of up to 275,000 square feet on the site of the former Planet Fun entertainment complex, as well as an adjoining forested area. County Senior Planner Elaine Echols said the development fits with the land use proposed in the proposed Places 29 Master Plan, which calls for a Neighborhood Center in that location. By right, only 39 residential units can be built on the site.

The scope of the project has increased since Stonehaus last brought the Berkmar Business Park project before the Commission in October 2006. Originally, residential use was not proposed, and the Planet Fun site would not have been part of the project.  Now both are part of the project.  Stonehaus is also responsible for the Belvedere mixed use development off of Rio Road East.

During the two and a half hour discussion, Commission and the developer ironed out several smaller issues, but could not agree on whether a connector road that would link Berkmar Drive to Route 29 was necessary to alleviate traffic issues. Stonehaus has offered to pay for the road, but not improvements to the existing signalized intersection to accommodate the additional traffic generated by the project.  Echols said that staff felt that Stonehaus had not fully addressed the requirements for a connector road, and had not shown that it was unnecessary.  VDOT, County Engineer Glenn Brooks and County Transportation Planner Juandiego Wade all recommend that Stonehaus should be responsible for paying for the intersection improvements, and for building the road straight through to Route 29.

However, actually building the road will be problematic for Stonehaus, given that an access road for the Better Living home improvement store is in the way, and the store’s owners would have to give permission to do so. VDOT is currently coordinating plans to reduce the number of entrances onto Route 29 as part of its Access Management Plan. A site plan for another nearby development, Rivanna Plaza, proposes moving the entrance for Kegler’s bowling alley to a new location that will also serve Schewel’s furniture. However, access to Better Living would have to be resolved, as they would lose access under this plan. Currently customers and employees use a frontage road, and there are currently no plans to redesign their commercial entrance.

BerkmarmapVDOT has new regulations that require developers of large projects to perform a traffic study to analyze the potential impacts. Stonehaus performed such a study, and concluded they were not responsible for making those improvements, because according to their numbers the Berkmar Business Park would not generate enough vehicles to affect the existing traffic system.

Echols said staff had not had time to analyze the Stonehaus study before the Commission’s public hearing, and that VDOT was still in the process of conducting their review.

“But the indications we’ve gotten from them is that this particular development, according to the traffic study, generates the need for this connector road, because the connector road is being offered as the mitigating measure for the impacts, and so at the level of 275,000 square feet and 190 [housing] units, we believe that this road is necessary,” Echols said.

Stoner Frank Stoner, vice president of Stonehaus, said he did not suggest a connector to Route 29 as a way to mitigate the traffic.  Instead, he thought it was a way to assist the County’s goals. He showed the Commission a letter from Commonwealth Transportation Board member Butch Davies which he claimed showed that VDOT was responsible for the intersection improvements.

Joel DeNunzio, a VDOT engineer, said his agency is not responsible for the intersection improvements at Better Living, because VDOT did not build the original commercial entrance. He disagreed with Butch Davies. “I don’t believe it’s VDOT’s responsibility to upgrade this to road standard, and I think if you look back through the plans it was ever the intention of VDOT to do that,” DeNunzio said.

Nate Cunningham of Stonehaus said the firm is committed to building the connector road from Berkmar right down to Schewel’s entrance. Cunningham also presented the Commission with the results of their traffic study, which he said assumed a full build-out of 275,000 square feet.  He said the second study was done to correct errors made in the first one.

“What [the traffic study data] shows is that we have little if any negative traffic impacts and so our commitment to build the connector road was more out of wanting to support the County’s goals,” Cunningham said. “To date it has not been possible in large part because it is outside our control to force the [owners of Better Living] to move their access road.”

But County Engineer Glenn Brooks said he was bothered that the Stonehaus traffic study was presented to the Commission before being vetted by staff.

“The traffic study I saw was completely different,” Brooks said. He pointed out what he saw as several errors in the study, including what VDOT considers a failing level of service. He said VDOT also had not reviewed the newer traffic study, and would likely not be able to for at least four weeks.

Wayne Cilimberg, the County’s Director of Planning and Development, reminded the Commission that they have spent much of the last year discussing ways to ensure that necessary infrastructure is in place before  a new development is approved.

“With further information, it may be that this project can find that right place in terms of what is reasonable to have occur with the infrastructure that is possible to be built, and then future infrastructure is probably going to be in the hands of the County and maybe VDOT to get done or some future developer of the Schewel’s or Better Living site,” Cilimberg said.
Commissioner Jon Cannon (Rio) suggested the developer consider contributing cash to the intersection improvements at such time that they are required. Cilimberg asked a question which explained some of the logistical issues with that approach.

“How much development are you comfortable letting occur understanding that you have cash towards an improvement that’s not specified in terms of its timeframe to be accomplished?” Cilimberg said.

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The yet-to-be adopted Places29 Master Plan shows a diagonal dotted line where the proposed connector road should go
Cannon acknowledged the potential danger in rezoning without considering the impacts on infrastructure. “There’s a tension here between getting the density of development we’re asking for in the growth area under our Comprehensive Plan… and the concerns about stressing already stressed  infrastructure which won’t accommodate that development,” Cannon said.

Edgerton said he thought the plan was a good one, but that staff needed the ability to study the traffic study. He said Stonehaus could come up with a phased development plan, but acknowledged that time was running out on the application.

Commissioner Tom Loach (White Hall) said he thought the issues should have been resolved before the public hearing, and that he would be taking a strict stance on requiring infrastructure before development.

Stoner said the rezoning needed to occur by June or the project will be dead.  He said he would be open to phasing, possibly limiting construction at the site to 120,000 square feet over the next five years.  “We’re not going to build 275,000 square feet in my life time,” Stoner said.

Cannon said he would support that, but did not see how the Commission could write those conditions during a meeting.  Commissioner Marcia Joseph (At-Large) said she didn’t have enough information to make a decision. “I want [Stoner] to be able to have the full amount that he wants, but I just want to have some sort of a phasing plan,” Joseph said.

Recently appointed Commissioner Linda Porterfield (Scottsville) said she thought the Commission should go ahead and recommend the rezoning given that the County wanted density in the area. While Strucko said he could agree with that, he also wanted staff’s full opinion on the second Stonehaus traffic study.

“This development is going to have an off-site impact on the infrastructure, and I want to know what the infrastructure’s current capacity is, what the margin of change on that capacity will be as a result of this development, and what those numbers are. I’d like to see those numbers as part of this proposal, but I don’t see that tonight,” Strucko said.

Cunningham said that he would be hesitant to proffer the full cost of connecting the road to US 29, in part because of the complex access management issues  involved. “Part of the reason we’re concerned about [the intersection] is that there’s potentially a lot of money to correct the existing conditions there,” Cunningham. He said Stonehaus would be willing to pay for a portion, but without a firm cost estimate he could not feel comfortable even proffering a percentage.

The discussion went back and forth for nearly two hours before Commissioner Porterfield made a motion to recommend approval of the site, with several conditions. No one seconded the motion, and it died. 

Cannon said he could support a motion to recommend approval if Stonehaus agreed to pay for the entire connector road. “Traffic studies at the level of development at full build out indicate that the connector road will be necessary to avoid unacceptable traffic impacts,” Cannon said. “Seems to me the logic is, if they go back and reduce the size of this thing and are able to demonstrate to the staff and to VDOT that there won’t be impacts that necessitate a connector road that [it] will no longer be a requirement.” 

Cunningham said he agreed that developers should cover costs, but that there was no guidance from the state or local government about how the mitigation should be calculated. “I would much prefer for us to have this be a science, much like the proffer policy has become for [residential] units, in which its very clear once you drop below a certain [level of service], you provide money in order to offset those impacts,” Cunningham said.

“I know everyone on this Commission is struggling on this because this is exactly the kind of project we want to see there,” Edgerton said. “You have done exactly what we want to do. We want to finish it up but we want to do it responsibly and we cannot do it without more time and more study.”

But Porterfield said it was important to send a positive message to the developer, and so she again introduced a motion to recommend approval. And for a second time, there was no second and the motion failed.

Edgerton’s motion to deny was based on not having enough information on the connector road.  Commissioners voted 6- 1 to recommend denial, with Porterfield voting against.  The Board of Supervisors will consider the project on May 7, 2008.

Sean Tubbs

December 10, 2007

Commission discusses changes to six-year transportation funding list

Albemarle County has begun the annual process to amend a list that sets priorities for how to use funding from the Virginia Department of Transportation. Since 1986, the Six Year Secondary Road plan has been used to tell the state, as well as the federal government, how the County plans to spend its share on secondary roads. Yet, even with a focus on a few community priorities, with funding from the state declining significantly during this decade, the County’s wish list doesn’t change much from year to year.

All of the County’s state funding for secondary roads is currently being channeled into three projects: The County’s portion of the Meadowcreek Parkway, Jarman’s Gap Road in Crozet, and improvements to Georgetown Road.

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The process begins with a discussion before the Planning Commission, which suggests changes to be made to the plan. The Commission took up this year’s six-year plan at its meeting on December 4, 2007, though their discussion was  held before VDOT released hard figures for how much money will be available in the next fiscal year.

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Chief Planner David Benish

“We don’t make radical changes every year, but we do update it based on various requests and changes in circumstance from year to year,” said David Benish, Albemarle County’s Chief Planner. 

However, incremental changes to the plan reflect policy decisions made in the previous year. For instance, County staff is now suggesting removing the proposed Free State Road from the list entirely. The 2007 Six Year Plan listed it as the County’s fifth priority, but Transportation Planner Juandiego Wade said it has been removed because a new road being constructed as part of the Belvedere development will replace a substandard bridge that the County was previously going to need to pay to replace.

The Southern Parkway, which would connect 5th Street and Avon, jumped three places to #6. County staff has received word from VDOT that the project, which is estimated to cost $6,200,000, is now eligible for full secondary road funding. Previously, VDOT had told the County that they would need to contribute half of the amount with local dollars in order to receive state funding.

A project to improve Sunset Avenue (Route 781) has been combined to add a proposed connector road through to Fontaine Avenue. Consequently, the joint project also jumped three spaces to #7. No cost estimate is given for the project.   

“That project has become more important with the development in that part of the County as well as Biscuit Run,” Wade said. The Planning and Coordination Council Tech Committee, a three-party panel made up of the County, the City of Charlottesville and the University of Virginia, has recently floated the idea of constructing an interchange on Interstate 64 to accomplish the same goals as the Sunset-Fontaine Connector.

A project to build a bridge over the Rivanna River for Berkmar Drive Extended made the biggest jump on the list, going from #22 to #8. An extended Berkmar Drive to Hollymead Town Center would be developed as a parallel road to alleviate congestion through the Route 29 corridor. The Places29 project under consideration by the County had originally envisioned a Northern Free State Road to serve the same purpose, but that project has now been removed from the draft list.

The County will also try to fund bridge improvement projects as one line item on the Six Year Plan. This is priority #10.  Three projects are listed: Free State Bridge on Route 651, Advance Mill on Route 743 and the bridge that carries Route 708 over Buckingham Branch Road.

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County Transportation Planner Juandiego Wade

County staff also decided to drop a project to make improvements to Old Ivy Road from #7 to #11. “We thought it would be premature to start planning on that because it may be something that can be done in conjunction with the University of Virginia’s gateway project,” Wade said.

“The top three projects, Meadowcreek, Jarman’s Gap and Georgetown, will continue to take the bulk of the funding over the next six years,” said David Benish, the County’s Chief Planner.

The County’s portion of the Meadowcreek Parkway will be fully funded, given that money has been accruing for the project over the past several years. Money for the $25,460,283 project will continue to accrue over the next couple of years. An advertisement date of June 2008 is still expected. Cilimberg says the advertising date is determined in part based on when full funding is achieved.

However, the next two items on the list, Jarman’s Gap and Georgetown Road improvements, are not yet fully funded. In the case of Jarman’s Gap, the cost estimate is expected to rise above the current estimate of $14,606,792, and the advertisement date is currently set at November 2010. The scope of the Georgetown  Road  project has been scaled back to bring costs down to just over $2 million.

Commissioner Marcia Joseph (At-Large) asked how money from proffers factored into the equation, pointing out that the Biscuit Run rezoning was conditional on the County receiving money for transportation projects such as improvements for Old Lynchburg Road or the Sunset-Fontaine Connector. Transportation proffers have typically taken the form of intersection improvements, such as a scheduled upgrade of the I-64/250 interchange at Shadwell.  Benish said these uses don’t affect their placement in the priority list, which is designed to let VDOT know where its money will be spent.

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Location of the proposed Southern Parkway extension (Source: VDOT)

Wayne Cilimberg, the County’s Director of Planning and Community Development, said the Board of Supervisors is looking for ways to accelerate secondary road projects with other funds.  The Board has made a decision to put more money into the [Capital Improvement Program (CIP)] for roads, for transportation projects that have [previously] been totally VDOT’s obligation,” Cilimberg said.  “Decisions need to be made as to where that money will be spent. Money is accumulating in the CIP to try to supplement VDOT monies for some of these projects, and that’s essentially just to cover the inflation factor.” Other options could include asking the General Assembly for authority to develop a tax district to raise more money.

Many items toward the end of the list are included to reflect all potential new projects. For instance, #41 on the draft list is for a parallel road from Polo Grounds Road to Hollymead Drive, but that doesn’t mean it’s a definite project.

“This inventory is reflecting every dash that we show on the comprehensive plan,” said David Benish. “Everything after #22 has not been scrutinized in any detail. It is literally a laundry list of everything that’s been sort of identified out there.” 

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Commissioner Eric Strucko (Samuel Miller)

Commissioner Eric Strucko (Samuel Miller) suggested re-ordering the order of priorities at the top of the list, expressing frustration that the Meadowcreek Parkway is eating up much of the state funding. He suggested moving improvements to Proffit Road, #5 in the draft plan, below the Southern Parkway, which finished at #6.  The Commission directed staff to amend the plan to reflect this idea, as well as to apply funding for rural paving to secondary road construction and improvement projects.

RURAL ROAD PAVING PROJECTS

The list also documents the order in which rural roads will be paved using VDOT funding.  There are two categories – rural rustic and regular road paving. Each has a separate line item of funding from the state.

“The county expends the minimum amount of funding on unpaved roads permitted by the state,” Benish said. Last year, the County received about $540,000 for these projects. However, there are well over 50 roads listed on the six year plan. All of the County’s paving projects are in the rural areas, with the exception of Reservoir Road.

Jon Cannon asked if VDOT’s willingness to fund the paving of rural roads was consistent with the County’s comprehensive plan, which seeks to discourage development in the rural areas. County Transportation Planner Juandiego Wade said VDOT has the goal of paving all public roads in the state, but counties that choose to opt out will be penalized. That’s why the County chose the policy of only spending the minimum each year.

However, Wade said VDOT’s rural rustic road program offers an alternative, where roads can be paved at a slightly lower standard, meaning that the unpaved roads will not also be built out to VDOT’s full specification.

“We’re still going through a test phase for the rural rustic roads,” Wade said, adding that VDOT will not allow this program to be used on roads where significant through-traffic might occur.

And that poses problems for the Board of Supervisors, according to Cilimberg. He said that creating better roads encourages more development in rural areas that the County, leading to new residents who demand services.

“We have an extensive list of roads in the rural areas where citizens have asked for them to be paved,” he said, adding that the Board has struggled to find an appropriate balance. He said the rural rustic road program helps pave more roads for less dollars.

“This is only going to get worse as more and more of the rural area becomes developed through by-right development,” said Bill Edgerton (Jack Jouett). “It really is an argument for bringing the zoning more in compliance with the comprehensive plan.”

Based on that discussion, Duane Zobrist (White Hall) said he wanted to recommend applying the funding for paving of rural roads to the Meadowcreek Parkway. Edgerton reminded Zobrist that VDOT would reduce the amount of funding available in future years should that policy be adopted by the Board. Zobrist said he was okay with that, given the County’s desire to preserve rural areas.

The Six Year Plan will now go before the Board of Supervisors at a Public Hearing early next year.

Sean Tubbs

June 22, 2007

June 2007 MPO Policy Board Meeting

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      John Giometti (VDOT) describes potential changes to the Meadowcreek Parkway Trail in Albemarle County to Dennis Rooker, David Slutzky, and Dave Norris

The Policy Board of the Metropolitan Planning Organization gathered on June 20th, 2007 for a monthly meeting. Topics up for discussion and approval in this meeting include changes to the Meadowcreek Parkway Trail through the new Belvedere subdivision in Albemarle County, and public hearings on amendments to the MPO's Public Participation Plan and an Environmental Mitigation Addendum to its Long Range Plan, known as UnJAM.

(Download a .PDF of the meeting packet from the TJPDC website)

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  • 01:00 - Matters From the Public
  • 03:20 - Adoption of Draft Minutes from the May 16th, 2007 meeting of the MPO Policy Board
  • 08:42 - Area Trails Discussion: Meadowcreek Parkway Trail (summary memo)
  • 27:38 - FY07 Work Program Review (draft analysis)
  • 33:54 - Other Business (moved up while MPO Policy Board waited for scheduled public hearing time) - includes discussion of an update to construction of the Jarman's Gap road, right-of-way acquisition for the Meadowcreek Parkway, as well as a discussion of green infrastructure
  • 57:41 - Public Hearing: Public Participation Plan Addendum (draft plan) (additional suggestions)
  • 1:21:31 - Public Hearing: Environmental Mitigation Addendum to Long Range Plan (draft addendum) (additional suggestions)
  • 1:42:31 - Other Business - Board members discussed the location of a DEQ air monitoring device in Albemarle County, possible realignment of CTS bus routes, a Biscuit Run transportation update, and the possible implementation of photo-red cameras in Albemarle County and Charlottesville
  • 1:59:51 - Additional Matters From the Public

Sean Tubbs

September 07, 2006

Task force searching for feedback and ideas with survey of development community, citizens and staff

Bosdrp20060907The County's Development Review Process Task Force met today and approved a set of survey questions, five each for the public and for the development community, in an effort to determine what the County could improve upon in its public engagement and in its process for rezonings and special use permits.  The online and paper survey will be available starting September 18th and the County will collect submissions for a two week period.  A hybrid version will be used to survey staff in the County’s Community Development Department.

The task force was formed in response to what was seen by some members of the Board of Supervisors as a broken development review process for the growth areas that was pushing new home construction to the rural areas at an unacceptable rate.  Further, resident concerns from Crozet and the Village of Rivanna motivated the Board to look for an improved public engagement process. 

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20060630ruralareapermitsDevelopment in Albemarle County’s rural areas has been very consistent over the past eight years averaging 293 housing units annually [click chart for larger image].  During this same period, there have been numerous changes to the comprehensive plan that impact development in the designated growth areas, including: approval of the Crozet Master Plan; the adoption of the Neighborhood Model; and the approval of thousands of housing units in the designated growth areas in rezonings like Albemarle Place, Old Trail Village, Belvedere Farms, Cascadia, and North Pointe.  With respect to the rate and form of rural area development, the Board of Supervisors is considering a number of ordinance proposals which are intended to further protect the rural fields, farms, and forests, an identified priority when the comprehensive plan was updated by the Board last year.

According to the County’s data, there are over 7,500 potential housing units that have been approved and are in the pipeline, but have not been built.  The City of Charlottesville has over 1,000 units that have been approved and are in various stages of construction.  In fact, on August 2, 2006 when the Supervisors approved the Cascadia development, Supervisor Ken Boyd remarked that there now seems to be an oversupply of approved housing in the County.  He stated, “A couple of years ago there was a real concern by the development community that we didn’t have a lot of supply of lots in the development area.  We have changed that… this Board has approved thousands of residences.”  He then asked developer Don Franco, “How do you think you are going to make money on all this?  Where are you going to find all the people to put in [these growth area lots]?  Whether you bring them in from the rural area or not, it just seems to me that we have already shifted that supply to where we may have an oversupply of residences.”

That shift in the housing pipeline seems to have shifted the emphasis of the task force as well.  During the meeting, the group reviewed the numerous recommendations which have come forward as a result of their process review thus far, and collecting more feedback and ideas from the survey is seen as essential to finalizing a set of recommendations.  The group plans to meet three more times in September and October before making its final report to the Board of Supervisors.

Brian Wheeler

May 10, 2006

No decision at North Pointe public hearing

Boshearing20060510aThe public filled the Burley Middle School auditorium tonight (likely over 150 people were in attendance) to give the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors three hours of feedback on the North Pointe rezoning request [project website].  Almost 40 speakers testified, many sporting buttons either for or against the project, which if approved would bring to the US 29 North corridor a mixed use development on 264 acres with about 900 new homes and over 500,000 sq. ft. of additional retail space.

Yesterday, developer Chuck Rotgin was surprised to learn that the Board would announce to the public tonight that no decision would be made at this meeting.  Another work session will be scheduled for June 7, 2006, followed by another public hearing, before the Board of Supervisors is expected to take action on the project.

I was unable to attend the first part of the public hearing [thus I am looking forward to hearing the podcast too], but my understanding is that supporters outweighed opponents of the project both in the audience and at the microphone.  I expect the Daily Progress will have a good assessment of this in tomorrow's paper.

Late in the public hearing, after a number of speakers had suggested the County was dragging its feet on approving new developments, Chairman Dennis Rooker interrupted the public hearing and stated, "It has not been the County that has held up this proposal."  Mr. Rooker cited developments initiated after North Pointe including Albemarle Place, Belvedere Farm, and Old Trail Village  which have all been approved by the County.

Boshearing20060510b_1At the closing of the public hearing, Mr. Rotgin asked for a vote to take place at the June 14th meeting.  Chairman Dennis Rooker informed him that the timing of a public hearing and vote was largely dependent on the proffers being finalized in advance.  According to Mr. Rooker, the proffers for this round of review were revised as recently as today and thus could not be provided to the Board well in advance of tonight's public hearing.

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UPDATE: In the event you are having difficulty listening to these podcasts, you may try this alternative download location -- Podcast A (22.8 MB) / Podcast B (10.3 MB)

Here are the highlights:

Podcast A:

  • 1:00 -- Introduction by Dennis Rooker
  • 1:18 -- Staff report from Mark Graham and Elaine Echols
  • 33:40 -- Comments from project applicant Chuck Rotgin
  • 38:10 -- Presentation by applicant representative Valerie Long
  • 47:30 -- Comments from the Board
  • 1:00:28 -- Remarks from the public

Podcast B:

  • 0:52 -- Remarks from the public
  • 49:01 -- Comments from the Board
  • 52:25 -- Closing remarks from Chuck Rotgin

Brian Wheeler

November 08, 2005

Places29 Public Workshop Report & Audio

Places29crowd_1On November 3, 2005, Albemarle County hosted a Places29 public workshop providing an important opportunity for residents to share their feedback on the future of the Route 29 North corridor.

Download updated draft of the
PLACES29 VISION STATEMENT

The public had the opportunity to review and provide feedback on three interim land use and transportation plans for the Route 29 North area.  Small groups evaluated the maps and provided suggestions reflecting what they think will work best for the future of this area of Albemarle County. [Note: Charlottesville Tomorrow will add links to these documents when available and place them in our Research Center]

In the workshop, the Places29 consultants:

  • Discussed an updated assessment of vehicle travel patterns on US 29N and their conclusion that "a single bypass won't resolve issues over US 29 North Corridor"
  • Discussed public transit as something that will be factored into their future transportation plans for review by community in early 2006
  • Discussed road interconnectivity around neighborhoods
  • Reported the region should expect a stable growth rate characterized by an increasing number of young households AND mature households (high growth rates among households aged 65+ from 1990-2005)
  • Presented three transportation scenarios developed by the consultants to "prime the pump" for public feedback.  The proposals showed various possibilities for the development of new road networks around US 29.  One scenario featured a western and eastern bypass (referred to as "long distance parallel routes") and the western route is based on the "Ruckersville Parkway" proposal (see Charlottesville Tomorrow's map)

In other presentations last week, the Places29 consultants:

  • Reported the preliminary projection that the County will support another 1 to 1.3 million square feet of new retail shopping centers over the next 10 years, in addition to what is in the works at Hollymead Town Center.  This estimate will be refined as part of the mater plan.  [As a point of reference, proposed developments Albemarle Place, Northtown Center, and North Pointe are projected to have over 1.3 million square feet of retail]
  • Reported the preliminary projection that the County needs another 5,000 housing units over the next 5 years, but with increased variety of housing types (i.e. less single family detached homes).  This estimate will be refined as part of the mater plan.  [As a point of reference, the County recently approved two developments, Belvedere Farms and Old Trail Village, which can have up to 3,000 housing units]

More information about Places29 is available on the County website.

Download Charlottesville Tomorrow's audio recording of this event
Download Places29Workshop20051103.mp3

  • 00:00 – 02:22 Introductions by Senior Planner Judy Wiegand
  • 02:22 – 04:49 Introductions by Phil Erickson with Community Design + Architecture
  • 04:40 – 06:51 Study area and agenda
  • 06:51 – 09:28 Open spaces
  • 09:28 – 11:05 Transportation
  • 11:05 – 15:38 Traffic patterns
  • 15:38 – 16:55 Transit
  • 16:55 – 18:45 Issues with connecting neighborhoods together
  • 18:45 – 20:31 Economic trends
  • 20:31 – 22:12 Shifts in population among age groups
  • 22:12 – 23:13 29 North: Our economic engine
  • 23:13 – 37:06 Neighborhood Model and districts
  • 37:06 – 46:28 Three sketch framework concepts
  • 46:28 – 47:14 Expanding/Shifting the Development Area Boundaries
  • 47:14 – 50:35 Ruckersville Parkway and Meadowcreek Parkway extended
  • 50:35 – 53:52 Instructions to participants
  • 53:52 – 54:56 Albemarle County Community Relations Manager Lee Catlin discusses future opportunities to give feedback
  • 54:56 – 56:10 Group 4 presents
  • 56:10 – 58:34 Group 6 presents
  • 58:34 – 1:00:00 Future steps discussed by Judy Wiegand
  • 1:00:00 – 1:01:50 Closing comments by Phil Erickson