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October 18, 2017
At a joint meeting of Albemarle County’s Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission and Economic Development Authority on Thursday, county staff shared an analysis of the county’s unsuccessful attempt to attract Oregon-based Deschutes Brewery in 2015. “A case study like this allows you to see how complex issues played ...
August 17, 2017
At a public meeting Wednesday evening, Albemarle County farmers told officials that increasing the size of stream buffers could endanger their livelihoods. White Hall farmer Kathy Rash and several others expressed fears that the county would require farmers to maintain a 100-foot buffer on each side of rivers, perennial streams ...
August 08, 2017
The Albemarle County Planning Commission has approved a special-use permit for a University of Virginia indoor golf practice facility. A special-use permit had been approved for the UVa Foundation for a facility on the Birdwood Golf Course behind the Birdwood mansion in 2015, but the structure is now being relocated ...
July 25, 2017
One week after Albemarle County officials toured the site of a proposed University of Virginia indoor golf facility at the Birdwood Golf Course, members of the county Planning Commission weighed in on the plans Tuesday night. Although commissioners did not make any formal recommendations during their work session, their discussion ...
July 11, 2017
The Albemarle County Planning Commission has endorsed a change to the county’s zoning rules that could potentially make it easier to develop farmers markets, but it is not recommending that the county change its current requirement for a special-use permit. At its meeting Tuesday, the commission considered two proposed ...
May 23, 2017
Albemarle is one step closer to allowing the construction of solar farms after the county’s Planning Commission endorsed a zoning text amendment at its meeting Tuesday. “The applicant in this case hopes to develop a photovoltaic energy generation facility in Albemarle County,” said Scott Clark, a senior planner for ...
February 07, 2017
The Albemarle Planning Commission has recommended a plan for a new community youth center to be built in the Southwood neighborhood on Old Lynchburg Road. “Currently, the Boys & Girls Club has about 100 students on their waiting list,” said Craig Kotarski, a civil engineer with the Timmons Group. “This would ...
December 13, 2016
The Albemarle County Planning Commission has recommended approval of a new location for a private middle school. “The Field School is a school for boys grades five through eight founded in 2007 with a mission to develop well-rounded boys with character and accomplishment,” said Head of School Todd Barnett. The ...
October 25, 2016
The Albemarle and Charlottesville planning commissions had the opportunity Tuesday for a joint discussion on a redevelopment project that could help the two communities realize a goal of improving the area’s connections with the Rivanna River. Developer Brian Roy is seeking a rezoning that will allow for an adaptive ...
September 28, 2016
The Albemarle County Planning Commission received an update on the Rio+29 Small Area Plan at a meeting Tuesday. The Rio+29 Small Area Plan aims to guide development and transportation in the area near the new Rio Road intersection at U.S. 29 in more detail than is in ...
August 09, 2016
The Albemarle County Planning Commission voted Tuesday evening to approve plans for a proposed cell tower that could be built on a portion of Albemarle High School’s campus. The proposal consists of the installation of a 125-foot-tall monopole with three arrays of platform-mounted antennae located in a 3,610-square-foot ...
July 28, 2016
Albemarle County is considering changes that would allow expansions to historic buildings with inns and restaurants. “What we are talking about is expansion and new construction on sites with historic buildings formerly used as a restaurant or inn,” principal planner Elaine Echols told the Albemarle Planning Commission at a work ...
July 13, 2016
For the third time this year, the Albemarle County Planning Commission has recommended against lowering the amount of money a developer must pay for each home made possible through a rezoning. “All of the requests for proffer reductions have come without any financial explanation except that the market is not ...
March 15, 2016
The developer of a vacant property on Fifth Street Extended near Interstate 64 will rework his plans following a public hearing Tuesday by the Albemarle Planning Commission. “This property has been sitting dormant for a while,” said developer Katurah Roell. Roell is seeking amendments to a prior application plan originally ...
February 25, 2016
The Albemarle County Planning Commission has told the developer of a proposed community in Crozet that it wants to see single-family detached homes in the next version of the plan. However, commissioners did not reach consensus on the number of total units they think should be built in the Adelaide ...
October 02, 2015
Policymakers from throughout the region gathered Friday to discuss the ecological and economic possibilities of the Rivanna River, a waterway that both Albemarle and Charlottesville officials have called an underused community asset. “Welcome to a future where we work together to enhance the environment while strengthening the community around our ...
February 08, 2015
Albemarle County and the city of Charlottesville have been exploring ways to make the Rivanna River corridor an attractive resource, economically and recreationally. One proposal to transform the historic Woolen Mills buildings into residential and new commercial uses could work into that plan. “We look forward to the possibility of ...
July 18, 2014
Some Albemarle County farmers hoping to hold large events on their properties or use agritourism to make money soon may have to get a zoning clearance. The Planning Commission voted unanimously earlier this week to require farms with 21 or fewer acres to get approval from the county before they ...
June 05, 2014
The Albemarle Planning Commission has recommended denial of a request from the private Regents School of Charlottesville to expand, citing transportation safety concerns. Regents officials sought to amend a special use permit granted in 2013 that allowed their school to have up to 96 people on site. They returned Tuesday ...
November 15, 2012
Amid a slew of public opposition, the Albemarle Planning Commission voted unanimously Tuesday, to recommend approval of two special use permits for a proposed campground and canoe livery on the bank of the James River in Howardsville. However, heeding concerns over public health and safety, and preserving Howardsville’s tranquil ...
September 16, 2012
At a James River Green Building Council luncheon this week, one current and one former member of the area’s planning commissions discussed their contributions to green infrastructure initiatives. Tuesday’s luncheon at CitySpace on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall came as part of the building council’s Sustainable Design for ...
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