Within the past 24 hours, both the

Albemarle County Board of Supervisors

and their

Planning Commission

have received separate reports from County staff that the

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)

has now weighed in with feedback on the Biscuit Run transportation study.

The e-mail from VDOT was sent on Monday, March 5, 2007, past the deadline for County staff and the applicant to fully consider the material in advance of the Planning Commission’s March 27th public hearing on Biscuit Run.  As a result, staff do not expect the proffers to change at this point in the review of the largest development in the County’s history.  Comments by the Board of Supervisors today made clear that they have a number of questions they will need answered after the Planning Commission votes on the project later this month.  Those concerns included VDOT’s new feedback on the proffers as well as a more comprehensive traffic study that takes into account the proposed Fontaine-Sunset Avenue Connector.

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County staff have not completed their review of the comments from VDOT, nor has the message been shared yet with the Supervisors or Planning Commission.  It will be included in the staff’s final report heading into the March 27th public hearing.

Charlottesville Tomorrow

has obtained a copy of the message and is making a copy of it available to the public as well as an audio recording of the public discussion from last night’s Planning Commission meeting and today’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors.

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VDOT memo

from our

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VDOT’s Joel DeNunzio writes that the analysis is intended to show, “the cost of improvements for the impacted roads and what the development should be responsible to provide in cash for the needed improvements.”

VDOT’s analysis focused on improvements required only to Route 20, Avon Street, and Old Lynchburg Road.

The total cost of the improvements is estimated to be $88,092,000 (2014 dollars) with VDOT suggesting the pro-rata share that should be proffered in cash by the developer totaling


The Biscuit Run developer’s existing cash proffer to add lanes on Route 20 was deemed by VDOT to be low.  “The $5.5 million proffer on this road is low. According to the attached worksheets, the development’s portion needs to be closer to $15 million,” according to Mr. DeNunzio.

Brian Wheeler

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