Albemarle County PC to resume AC44 discussions with review of environmental stewardship goals and objectives

The seven members of the Albemarle County Planning Commission will meet at 6 p.m. in Lane Auditorium in the county’s office building at 401 McIntire Road. (meeting agenda) (meeting info)

The meeting begins with the Planning Commission’s latest work session on the Comprehensive Plan. These have been happening at 4 p.m. but this one is at 6 p.m. 

If I had more resources, I would hire a reporter to cover what’s happening as I’ve not been able to cover this due to my decision to cover Charlottesville’s Development Code as thoroughly as possible. For instance, I will want to go back at some point and write up the Board of Supervisors’ September 6 discussion on growth area management. 

To sort of orient both you and me on where the Planning Commission is in the AC44 process, I can point you in the direction of several stories I wrote from the summer. 

I’ll catch up. This stuff is too important to not write about eventually. Other media outlets may not agree judging from the dearth of articles that show up in a search for “Albemarle County Comprehensive Plan” and searching for AC44 yields a lot of noise. 

A snapshot of where things stand in the AC44 process (Credit: Albemarle County)

As for this work session, Environmental Stewardship, Parks and Recreation, and Historic, Scenic, and Cultural Resources

“Ongoing protection and restoration of the environment is essential for the health of our ecosystems and biodiversity, our water supplies, our community’s resilience to the effects of climate change, and our enjoyment of the natural world,” reads the staff report. “For example, the County’s 2018 Greenhouse Gas Inventory estimated that, on balance, forests in Albemarle County sequester an estimated 945,732 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year on average, emphasizing the importance of protecting and sustainably managing these resources to preserve their sequestration potential, to prevent large amounts of unnecessary emissions from forest loss, and for the many other benefits of healthy local forests.”

How does that translate into AC44-speak? Objectives and goals, of course. This is the actual substance to review:

There are two public hearings for the here and now. 

  • The first is for a restructuring of the fees charged for the Community Development Department. (staff report)
  • The second is for a rezoning of a 0.96 acre property from R-4 to R-15 for a 14-unit apartment complex at the intersection of Hydraulic Road and Arbor Crest Drive. (staff report)

Under new business, there will be a discussion of joint sessions with other bodies. One would be with the Board of Supervisors and the other would be with the Charlottesville Planning Commission. The two commissions have not met together since before the pandemic. 

One of the draft goals and its objectives in the Historic, Scenic, and Cultural Resources chapter (Credit: Albemarle County)

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