Albemarle Supervisors to consider financing for regional jail renovations, get update on clean fill ordinance 

The six members of the Albemarle Board of Supervisors will meet at 1 p.m. in Lane Auditorium in the county’s office building at 401 McIntire Road. (agenda) (meeting info)

After the usual pleasantries, the first item is a work session on interim financing for planned renovations at the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail. The Jail Authority hired a design consultant in 2021 to address deficiencies such as a lack of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, a deteriorating heating, ventilation and cooling system, and antiquated design. 

“The [Community Based Corrections Plan] determined there was no need to increase the facilities operating capacity of 329 and provided a roadmap for meeting the programming needs for the facility,” reads the staff report.

The General Assembly has agreed to pick up a quarter of the $49 million cost estimate and an interim financing plan is being worked out. Some money is needed in the near term and there is a proposal to enter into short-term financing of $4,150,380  

“The interim funding will be used to procure architecture and engineering services to develop a final design,” the report continues. “If approved, the debt will be issued by the Jail Board Authority and debt service will be provided by each jurisdiction based on inmate share.”

According to a cost-share agreement, Albemarle is responsible for 45.93 percent of the cost, Charlottesville for 39.87 percent, and Nelson County for 14.74 percent.  

A request for proposals for design services was issued in September. 

Next up in the afternoon session is a work session on the five-year financial plan. This is a key moment in the development of the budget for FY2025. 

“A long-range financial plan is different from the annual budget in that it emphasizes where the County may be headed at the end of the plan rather than the coming fiscal year,” reads the staff report. “This planning can provide a helpful framework to inform the annual budget to ensure funding recommendations are aligned with County priorities.” 

The final session in the afternoon is an activity report on the Clean Earth Fill and Inert Waste Program. Supervisors approved a change to the zoning ordinance in September 2020 that seeks to restrict the amount of fill dirt and other materials that can be deposited in the rural area.

“During that time period, there have been two clearances submitted and 22 complaints investigated,” reads the staff report. 

This one deserves some additional reporting and I hope I can get to it. 

There are three public hearings:

  • There is a special use permit for construction of a 195-foot tall cell tower on county-owned land at Walnut Creek Park. (materials)
  • There is a special use permit to allow a boarding camp of up to 250 cabins at Briery Creek Farm, as well as permission to build boat docks and boat liveries in the floodplain. (materials)
  • There is a proposed amendment to the zoning text ordinance to clarify that if no density range or maximum density in the Comprehensive Plan exists for a given parcel, bonus density can’t be given. (materials)

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