Places29 Master Plan

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The Places29 Master Plan is designed to guide and direct future development in terms of land uses, transportation projects, and other infrastructure projects in the 14.5 square miles [1] four designated growth areas that surround the US 29 corridor through northern Albemarle County. If appproved by the Board of Supervisors, The Places29 Master Plan will be an adopted component of the County's Comprehensive Plan. Much of the County's future growth is expected to come in the Places29 area[2].

The plan's implementation is overseen by the Places29 Advisory Council.


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Planning Commission

On October 27, 2009, The Planning Commission voted 4-2 to recommend the Board adopt the plan[3].


Scope of Places29 Master Plan

The Places29 Plan encompasses Albemarle County's four Development Areas to the north of the City of Charlottesville[4]. The areas are Neighborhood 1, Neighborhood 2, the Community of Hollymead and the Community of Piney Mountain. The Plan relies on a 20 year planning horizon to implement recommendations.

After the plan is adopted, planners will work with property owners on Small Area Plans to guide development in specific locations, to encourage the creation of necessary infrastructure as well as to examine redevelopment options.[5]

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(Image from Places29 Master Plan Draft, Revised 2/2009)


Vision Statement for Places29

"Albemarle County’s four Northern Development Areas will feature compact development consisting of residential and employment neighborhoods that are organized around centers. These neighborhoods and their centers will be pedestrian-oriented and mixed-use; they will offer a variety of housing choices, retail environments, office types, and employment opportunities. They will be connected by an attractive, efficient, and accessible multimodal transportation system. Integrated into this urban-style development, parks and open spaces will provide a sense of respite and contribute to an overall excellent quality of life[6]."

Transportation

The four neighborhoods share a common thread, as US 29 passes through all of them. The UNJAM 2025 plan adopted in 2004 projected that traffic volumes on US29 will triple by 2025 to 80,000 vehicles per day through the area[7]. The draft plan claims that north-south traffic can be handled relatively efficiently, but growth of traffic on east-west cross streets such as Hydraulic Road, Greenbrier Drive, Rio Road and Airport Road increasingly present a challenge. US29 is the only road that consistently travels north-south through all four neighborhoods.

"Simply put, the US 29 North Corridor is a place that people not only want to go through, but want to go to," County planners wrote in the draft Places29 Plan.

Bus service is currently[when?] provided along two Charlottesville Transit Service routes, each of which have 30-minute headways throughout the entire day until 11:45 PM. Pedestrians, however, lack sufficient places to safely cross US 29. One of the goals of Places29 is to make the area more walkable.

History

The Places29 Master Plan has been drafted through a series of public workshops and Planning Commission work sessions. The process began with an educational "Citizen's Planning Academy" in 2005 during which participants were introduced to the basic tools of planning and land use management so that their engagement in the process could be more productive and beneficial to the community.

Even though the plan has not yet been adopted, drafts have influenced the Albemarle County Planning Commission. On April 1, 2008, the Commission recommended denial of a rezoning on Berkmar Drive in part because the developer (Stonehaus) had not proffered to complete a connector road to link Berkmar to US Route 29.[8].

Criticisms

The North Charlottesville Business Council has called for the plan to be defeated unless all references to grade separated interchanges are removed[9]. The NCBC believes that the interchanges would convert U.S. 29 into an "expressway", an allegation denied by staff.

There is also concern that there will not be sufficient citizen oversight of implementation, now that the county budget cuts have meant that the Places29 Advisory Council will only be able to meet three times a year[10].


Timeline of community meetings

Timeline after adoption

The draft Places29 Master Plan uses a 20-year planning horizon as the timeline for implementation. The implementation plan, which is still under development as of March 2009, is split into recommendations for the first ten years and the second ten years.

Previous plans incorporated into study

References

  1. Albemarle County. Department of Community Development. Places 29: A Master Plan for the Northern Development Areas. 2009 DRAFT. Page 3-2. <http://www.albemarle.org/upload/images/Forms_Center/Departments/Community_Development/Forms/Places29_Master_Plan/Places29_Master_Plan_3_Existing_Conditions_Future_Trends_2_2009_Complete.pdf>
  2. Albemarle County. Department of Community Development. Places 29: A Master Plan for the Northern Development Areas. 2009 DRAFT. Page 3-6. <http://www.albemarle.org/upload/images/Forms_Center/Departments/Community_Development/Forms/Places29_Master_Plan/Places29_Master_Plan_3_Existing_Conditions_Future_Trends_2_2009_Complete.pdf>
  3. 3.0 3.1 Wheeler, Brian. "Planning commission endorses Places29 over objections of business community." Charlottesville Tomorrow News Center. Charlottesville Tomorrow, 28 Oct. 2009. Web. 12 Jan. 2010. <http://cvilletomorrow.typepad.com/charlottesville_tomorrow_/2009/10/places_29.html>.
  4. Albemarle County. Department of Community Development. Places 29: A Master Plan for the Northern Development Areas. 2009 DRAFT. Page 1-1. <http://www.albemarle.org/upload/images/Forms_Center/Departments/Community_Development/Forms/Places29_Master_Plan/Places29_Master_Plan_1_Introduction_2_2009_Complete.pdf>
  5. Albemarle County. Department of Community Development. Places 29: A Master Plan for the Northern Development Areas. 2009 DRAFT. Page 1-4. <http://www.albemarle.org/upload/images/Forms_Center/Departments/Community_Development/Forms/Places29_Master_Plan/Places29_Master_Plan_1_Introduction_2_2009_Complete.pdf>
  6. Albemarle County. Department of Community Development. Places 29: A Master Plan for the Northern Development Areas. 2009 DRAFT. Page 2-1. <http://www.albemarle.org/upload/images/Forms_Center/Departments/Community_Development/Forms/Places29_Master_Plan/Places29_Master_Plan_2_Vision_Guiding_Principles_2_2009_Complete.pdf>
  7. Albemarle County. Department of Community Development. Places 29: A Master Plan for the Northern Development Areas. 2009 DRAFT. Page 3-11. <http://www.albemarle.org/upload/images/Forms_Center/Departments/Community_Development/Forms/Places29_Master_Plan/Places29_Master_Plan_3_Existing_Conditions_Future_Trends_2_2009_Complete.pdf>
  8. 'County Planning Commission denies Berkmar Business Park; cites connector road concerns'
  9. Web. NORTH CHARLOTTESVILLE BUSINESS COUNCIL URGES CHANGES TO “PLACES29” PLANNING DOCUMENT OR REJECTION BY ALBEMARLE COUNTY SUPERVISORS, Lloyd Wood, North Charlottesville Business Council, retrieved November 9, 2010.
  10. Web. County planners debate decreased resources for community engagement, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, September 21, 2010, retrieved November 9, 2010.


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