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November 08, 2005

Places29 Public Workshop Report & Audio

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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

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