AC44 Phase 2: Community Facilities

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Community facilities provide essential services and are important for enhancing the quality of life and for the health, safety, and well-being of community members.

Where these facilities are located and the level of service they provide helps implement other County policies, including growth management, land use, protection of natural resources, climate action initiatives, and equitable distribution of and access to services and resources. The Comprehensive Plan helps set the expectations for the provision of these services.

Community facilities and services include local government administration and offices, public water and sewer, schools, fire/rescue, police, community centers, libraries, broadband, wireless, solid waste management, recycling, and stormwater management. While the County does not directly provide all of these services (e.g. wireless), policies in the Comp Plan guide service provision and location.

The Comp Plan update is an opportunity to explore where community facilities and services recommendations can be updated to provide more equitable access and distribution to facilities and services. While it may not be possible to provide all public services at the same level of delivery across the entire County, it is important to periodically evaluate service delivery to see where it can be equitably enhanced and improved. This is especially important as new services become available, such as broadband.

Community facilities provide essential services and are important for enhancing the quality of life and for the health, safety, and well-being of community members.

Where these facilities are located and the level of service they provide helps implement other County policies, including growth management, land use, protection of natural resources, climate action initiatives, and equitable distribution of and access to services and resources. The Comprehensive Plan helps set the expectations for the provision of these services.

Community facilities and services include local government administration and offices, public water and sewer, schools, fire/rescue, police, community centers, libraries, broadband, wireless, solid waste management, recycling, and stormwater management. While the County does not directly provide all of these services (e.g. wireless), policies in the Comp Plan guide service provision and location.

The Comp Plan update is an opportunity to explore where community facilities and services recommendations can be updated to provide more equitable access and distribution to facilities and services. While it may not be possible to provide all public services at the same level of delivery across the entire County, it is important to periodically evaluate service delivery to see where it can be equitably enhanced and improved. This is especially important as new services become available, such as broadband.

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This is a complex topic with lots of implications. What questions do you have?

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    How is the County going to direct/incentivize growth and establish or enhance services?

    Michael R. Callahan asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question! In the next step of engagement for Phase 2 of AC44the AC44 team will be asking for community input on planning toolkits for coordinated land use and transportation and on related topics such as growth management. This will include asking for input on how/where the County should grow and what types/levels of services should be provided. More information on the current Growth Management Policy (per the 2015 Comp Plan) was shared through a Background Report in Phase 1 of AC44. Part 2 of the Background Report details the Development Areas (roughly 5% of county land area) where services are currently directed. 

    As the Comp Plan Goals and Objectives are updated in this Phase, the AC44 team will use community input to inform the updated Plan recommendations. We currently have a questionnaire open through March 10. In the fall of this year, we anticipate sharing draft updated Goals and Objectives for community members to review and share feedback on. If you have not already, we recommend registering on the AC44 website to receive updates on the latest questionnaires, events, and draft materials. 

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    When will the Albemarle Code be changed to allow for improved cell coverage? Service in the County is quite pathetic when compared to our less wealthy neighbors in Greene, Augusta, and Nelson counties.

    CPerrot asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question! The County has hired a consultant to recommend revisions to the County’s current ordinance. A kickoff meeting for this update is scheduled for Tuesday, March 7, from 4-6 pm in the County Office Building at 401 McIntire Road. This first meeting is for the consultant to introduce themselves, describe the scope of the project, and outline the schedule.  There will be additional opportunities for input during the update process  

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