Albemarle County Planning Commission

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The Albemarle Planning Commission meeting in Lane Auditorium on July 14, 2009

The Albemarle County Planning Commission is an eight-member body that provides guidance to the Board of Supervisors on issues of planning and development.


Six of its members serve four-year terms and are appointed by each member of the Albemarle Board of Supervisors to represent a specific magisterial district. A seventh is selected by the Board to be at-large and also serves a four-year term. One member is selected among the commissioners to serve as Chair. [1]

The President of the University of Virginia selects a non-voting member, a practice in place since 1986 with the Three-Party Agreement between Albemarle, Charlottesville, and UVA. [2] [citation needed]

Meetings

Meetings are held on Tuesday nights beginning at 6:00 PM in Lane Auditorium at the Albemarle County Office Building. Members of the public may make a comment in the form of three-minute speeches at the start of every meeting. It is up to the Chair whether to take public comment during work sessions, though most generally do.

Current members

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Duties

From Albemarle County's website: "The duties and functions of the Albemarle County Planning Commission are to promote the orderly development of Albemarle County and its environment.The Commission serves primarily in an advisory capacity to the Board of Supervisors in accomplishing the objectives of §15.2-2210 of the Code of Virginia.This Commission also serves to improve public health, safety, convenience and welfare of County citizens and to plan for the future development of the County to the end that transportation systems be carefully planned; that new community centers be developed with adequate highway, utility, health, educational, and recreational facilities; that the needs of agriculture, industry and business be recognized in future growth; that residential areas be provided with healthy surroundings for family life; that agricultural and forestal land be preserved; and that the growth of the community be consonant with the efficient and economical use of public funds."

Compensation

  • According to County Code, Commissioners are charged with promoting "the orderly development of Albemarle County and its environment." They make $4,100 a year, and whoever serves as chair gets an extra $1,500. [1]

Duties and functions as of January 2016

  • Straight from Albemarle County's website: The duties and functions of the Albemarle County Planning Commission are to promote the orderly development of Albemarle County and its environment. The Commission serves primarily in an advisory capacity to the Board of Supervisors. The Commission also serves to improve public health, safety, convenience and welfare of County citizens and to plan for the future development of the County to the end that transportation systems be carefully planned; that new community centers be developed with adequate highway, utility, health, educational, and recreational facilities; that the needs of agriculture, industry and business be recognized in future growth; that residential areas be provided with healthy surroundings for family life; that agricultural and forestal land be preserved; and that the growth of the community be consonant with the efficient and economical use of public funds.Web. Albemarle County Board of Supervisors Appoint New Planning Commission Members, County of Albemarle, VA and its licensors, January 7, 2016, retrieved January 25, 2019.</ref>

Historical studies

In 1948, the planning commission was charged with studying fire protection measures in the rural area. [4]

In 1948, the planning commission also heard from state officials who wanted to modernize 137 miles of roadway in Albemarle County. They sought the commission's input on a protective highway ordinance that would prevent buildings from needing to be moved. [5]

The role of the University on the Planning Commission was discussed at a public hearing on September 10, 1986. [2]

Resources

Planning Commission Info and Agendas

Meetings

March 2, 2021

February 2, 2021

January 12, 2021

December 15, 2020

November 24, 2020

November 17, 2020

November 10, 2020

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Web. Albemarle County Code, Chapter 2, Administration, County of Albemarle, retrieved May 26, 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Web. County of Albemarle, Albemarle County Board of Supervisors Minutes, Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, Albemarle County, September 9, 1986, retrieved May 26, 2019.
  3. Web. Planning Commission, Albemarle County, retrieved May 30, 2022.
  4. Web. Planners Study Fire Protection, Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, April 1, 1948, retrieved April 1, 2016 from University of Virginia Library. Print. April 1, 1948 page 8.
  5. Web. Saving Seen in Highway Zoning, Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, April 6, 1948, retrieved December 24, 2016 from University of Virginia Library. Print. April 6, 1948 page 3.

External links

Official site