THIS MEETING WAS LAST TUESDAY NIGHT, PLEASE READ AT LEAST THE FIRST HALF OF EACH OF THE 'RURAL AREAS' and 'NATURAL RESOURCES' DOCUMENTS THAT CONTAIN CHANGES TO THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AS LINKED BELOW:
Albemarle Residents Pan Proposed Comprehensive Plan Changes - Charlottesville Tomorrow - Several Albemarle citizens appeared before the county Planning Commission on Tuesday to express their outrage at the proposed update of the Comprehensive Plan, a document mandated by Virginia law that establishes general planning policies for localities.
“I am appalled at this Comprehensive Plan,” said county resident Clara Belle Wheeler. “Please consider this Comprehensive Plan a work in progress that should progress straight to the trash can.”
Wheeler’s comments were made at a work session scheduled by county staff to provide one more chance to comment on the plan’s natural resources and rural area chapters. The law also requires the plan to be updated regularly.
The county first adopted a Comprehensive Plan in 1971. Nine years later, the Board of Supervisors classified 95 percent of Albemarle’s land as “rural area,” where development is discouraged in order to preserve the environment.
“I was shocked that it’s a goal in the Comprehensive Plan to 'discourage people from living in the rural areas,' said Audrey Welborn, a county resident since 1979. “My goal is to let people in the county know what’s in these documents because they would be shocked to know what’s being proposed.” Read more.......
**Note: (1) Please see page 1 of the 'Rural Areas,' where it states - 'These elements are important to the County's identity and economy. They are the features which often draw people to want to live in the Rural Areas, which is 'not a goal for Albemarle.' . On pages 2 & 9 - please note the section on 'Transfer of Development Rights.' (2) On page 12 of the Natural Resources document the section 'Biological Inventory' and 'Biodiversity Action Plan.' Once every 5 years the County of Albemarle reviews and makes changes to the Comprehensive Plan. These changes are being heard at the Planning Commission level and then changes they vote on and pass will be sent on to the Albemarle Board of Supervisors for final approval. IT IS IMPORTANT RESIDENTS OF ALBEMARLE UNDERSTAND THE IMPACT ON THEIR PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS AS OUTLINED IN THESE PROPOSED CHANGES IN BOTH OF THESE DOCUMENTS AS LINKED BELOW.
(1) Rural Areas ............... (2) Natural Resources.............
* The next important date will be a joint meeting of the Albemarle Planning Commission and the Charlottesville Planning Commission on December 4, 2012.