Pantops Master Plan

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The Pantops Master Plan was approved by the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors at their meeting on March 17, 2008. [1] It is being updated in 2018. [2]

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Plan development

In 1980, Albemarle County adopted a Comprehensive Plan that designated five percent of the county's 726 square miles for growth and the rest for rural uses. As part of that philosophy, each growth area was to have undergone a master plan to guide the placement of county-funded instrastructure.

In September 2007, the Board of Supervisors held a public hearing to listen to public input on the draft plan, where they requested additional information from county staff to further evaluate several issues raised in the public hearings.

The county wrote the plan to incorporate the principles of the Neighborhood Model of development. The plan provides a "framework for transportation, land use, design guidelines, and public infrastructure.

"Public participation has been critical to the development of the draft plan, with residents, property owners, and other stakeholders working with county staff and consultants to develop the five guiding principles which capture what is most important for a high quality of life in Pantops. These principles include respect for natural, historical, and scenic assets, especially the Rivanna River system, new development that fits with existing character, housing choices, improving pedestrian systems, addressing transportation issues, and providing adequate community facilities and services."

A Pantops Community Advisory Council was formed as a citizens' oversight body to help shepherd the plan.


By 2016, some grew concerned that the vision of an urban area called for in the plan had not been realized. [3] A citizen-led initiative to study a possible grade-separated pedestrian bridge did not have the support of the Board of Supervisors. [4]

The plan revision kicked off on January 22, 2018. [2]


  1. Web. Supervisors approve Pantops Master Plan; Wheeler property removed, Charlottesville Tomorrow, retrieved January 8, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Web. Work begins on Pantops Master Plan update, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, January 22, 2018, retrieved January 29, 2018.
  3. Web. Albemarle seeking new ways to build urban infrastructure, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, April 4, 2016, retrieved January 2, 2017.
  4. Web. Albemarle Supervisors divided on Pantops pedestrian bridge, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, January 6, 2016, retrieved January 2, 2017.

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