Introduction to Albemarle County 2044 (AC44): Comprehensive Plan Update

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Albemarle County is planning for an inclusive and resilient future. One of the main ways we plan for this future is through periodic updates to the Comprehensive Plan.

What is the Comprehensive Plan?

Albemarle County is updating its Comprehensive Plan (or 'Comp Plan'), which is a guiding document for growth, development, and investment in the county. The Plan has recommendations for how and where the county should grow; supporting local businesses and industry, protecting and enhancing natural resources, providing transportation options for walking, biking, taking transit, and driving, and allowing and encouraging a variety of housing types. The Comprehensive Plan

Albemarle County is planning for an inclusive and resilient future. One of the main ways we plan for this future is through periodic updates to the Comprehensive Plan.

What is the Comprehensive Plan?

Albemarle County is updating its Comprehensive Plan (or 'Comp Plan'), which is a guiding document for growth, development, and investment in the county. The Plan has recommendations for how and where the county should grow; supporting local businesses and industry, protecting and enhancing natural resources, providing transportation options for walking, biking, taking transit, and driving, and allowing and encouraging a variety of housing types. The Comprehensive Plan is used to guide decisions on public infrastructure and funding, plans and programs, and review of some development applications.

Read more in our Comprehensive Plan Update Fact Sheet.

Why the name 'Albemarle County 2044 (AC44)’?

The process to update the Comp Plan kicked off in early 2022 and is anticipated to be completed by the fall of 2024. When adopted, the Comp Plan will be in effect from 2024 to 2044 with periodic updates, in response to changing conditions and trends in the county. 'AC44' is an abbreviation of the full project name.

Why is the Comprehensive Plan being updated now?

Updates to the Comp Plan offer the opportunity to integrate new plans and policies, and to plan for future growth and demands for infrastructure and services. Since the latest Comprehensive Plan update in 2015, Albemarle County has grown and changed. Several new plans and policies have been adopted by the County (including the Climate Action Plan and the Affordable Housing Policy). Additionally, the Board of Supervisors affirmed Albemarle County's commitment to equity and inclusion with the Resolution in Support of an Equitable and Inclusive Community.

Since 2015, approximately 4,000 new dwelling units have been built and our community’s median household income and median home values continue to rise. This growth, however, has not been experienced evenly across the county, with quality-of-life outcomes that differ depending on where you live in Albemarle County. Read the Albemarle County Equity Profile to learn more.

What are the project goals?

There are three project goals for the AC44 Comprehensive Plan update:

  • Update plan content to reflect recent County-wide strategic initiatives including climate action planning, economic development, and multi-modal transportation planning.
  • Ensure that equity is integrated into the engagement process and the updated plan content, consistent with the County’s recently added “Community” organizational value.
  • Improve Plan usability by articulating clearly prioritized goals, incorporating metrics for tracking progress, and applying a modern, streamlined document design.

Who is the project team, and how can I get in touch?

There are many staff members across the County that are involved in the Comp Plan update. The lead project team members are listed on the right-hand side of this page. To reach out to these team members with questions or feedback on this project, please email ac44@albemarle.org or call 434-296-5832 ext 3272.

  • AC44 Monthly Digest - April 2022

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    Welcome back to the AC44 monthly digest for the County’s Comprehensive Plan update! This is where we’ll share the work we’ve done over the past month, the feedback we heard, and upcoming opportunities to participate. To receive this update in your inbox via email, subscribe to the AC44 list.

    What We Did

    Mapping & Analysis

    This month we completed our first two installments (out of three) of the Growth Management Background Report! Throughout the AC44 process, we will use Background Reports to communicate relevant information for each phase of work. Background Reports will include existing conditions mapping, historical information, and other relevant data or background materials.

    Part 1: AC44 Intro and Background, provides an overview of the AC44 Comprehensive Plan update process, including information about what a Comprehensive Plan is and how it is implemented. Part 2: Planning for Growth Past and Present, shares a history of growth management in Albemarle County, summarizes the current Growth Management Policy, and considers how planning for growth affects how we live, work, and travel in the County. Stay tuned for Part 3, which will look at our capacity and projections for future growth.

    AC44 Working Group

    The AC44 Working Group is now finalized! After receiving an overwhelming response (102 applications!) and reviewing the thoughtful and passionate responses, we decided to revisit our initial goals in creating a Working Group. These included how to engage the community in reaching as many people as possible, with a focus on adding new voices. Our new approach offers an opportunity for all applicants to participate. We will have five Working Groups of about 20 members each, which will each serve approximately six months. We are excited to get started with Working Group 1 next month!

    Ways to Participate

    Share your feedback about the current Growth Management Policy

    We are ready to hear from you about the County’s Growth Management Policy! Over the next two weeks we will be “popping up” in various county locations to connect with community members and hear your feedback about the Growth Management Policy – the dates and locations are listed below. The content and opportunities for input will be the same at each location.

    If you can't make it to a pop-up or virtual event, we still want to hear from you! We have an online questionnaire that will be open until May 16.


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  • AC44 Monthly Digest: March 2022

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    Welcome to the AC44 monthly digest for the County’s Comprehensive Plan update! This is where we’ll share the work we’ve done over the past month, the feedback we heard, and upcoming opportunities to participate. To receive this update in your inbox via email, subscribe to the AC44 list.

    What We Did

    The AC44 Comprehensive Plan Update kicked off in early 2022, with the AC44 website and a call for applications for the AC44 Working Group. Your response to the call for applications was tremendous, with 102 applicants! Due to the high volume of responses, we are still working through the applications and considering additional ways for all the applicants to get involved.

    Behind the scenes, our project team has continued to gather data on existing conditions and recent trends in the county. This data is focused on the ways community members live, work, and travel in Albemarle County and how and where we may have room to grow within our existing Development Areas. We plan to start sharing this data in the upcoming workshops and pop-ups. Stay tuned to learn more!

    What We Heard

    In February, we held four pop-up events across the county using our Let’s Talk Albemarle van. We also held two virtual kickoff events to share an overview of the project and how to apply to the Working Group. These events were focused on sharing information about the AC44 timeline, project outcomes, and ways to get involved. We heard an overwhelming response and interest from community members who want to get involved in this process.

    Ways to Participate

    In April and May, we will continue work on Phase 1: Plan for Growth, with in-person and virtual ways for the community to provide feedback. We will share information about the current Growth Management Policy and the history of growth management in the county. We will be asking for community members to share their lived experiences as well as input on what an updated growth management policy should prioritize.

    We will hold the first round of engagement by providing multiple ways to get involved: in-person pop-ups at several locations around the county, a virtual office hours session, and an online questionnaire. The content and opportunities for input will be the same at each location.

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