AC44 Phase 2: Environmental Stewardship

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Albemarle County’s landscape, located in the Virginia Piedmont and on the eastern flank of the Blue Ridge, has a variety of habitats, species, and environmental features. Ongoing protection and restoration of the environment is essential for the health of our ecosystems and biodiversity, our water supplies, our community’s resilience to the effects of climate change, and our enjoyment of the natural world.

Protection and restoration of the natural environment requires ongoing conservation efforts and is essential for the health and resilience of our community. For example, the County's 2018 Greenhouse Gas Inventory estimated that forests in Albemarle County sequester an average of approximately 945,732 tCO2e (tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent) per year. The magnitude of the sequestration potential of local forests and other ecosystems emphasizes the importance of protecting and sustainably managing these systems — to preserve their sequestration potential, to prevent large amounts of unnecessary emissions from forest loss, and for the many other benefits of healthy local forests, including water-quality protection and wildlife habitat.

The following one-pager and topic report highlight the importance of stewardship of the County's resources and natural environment:

The Comp Plan update is an opportunity to explore how the County can better protect and restore the local natural environment.

Learn more about how you can participate in environmental stewardship in our community through the Environmental Stewardship Hub!

Albemarle County’s landscape, located in the Virginia Piedmont and on the eastern flank of the Blue Ridge, has a variety of habitats, species, and environmental features. Ongoing protection and restoration of the environment is essential for the health of our ecosystems and biodiversity, our water supplies, our community’s resilience to the effects of climate change, and our enjoyment of the natural world.

Protection and restoration of the natural environment requires ongoing conservation efforts and is essential for the health and resilience of our community. For example, the County's 2018 Greenhouse Gas Inventory estimated that forests in Albemarle County sequester an average of approximately 945,732 tCO2e (tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent) per year. The magnitude of the sequestration potential of local forests and other ecosystems emphasizes the importance of protecting and sustainably managing these systems — to preserve their sequestration potential, to prevent large amounts of unnecessary emissions from forest loss, and for the many other benefits of healthy local forests, including water-quality protection and wildlife habitat.

The following one-pager and topic report highlight the importance of stewardship of the County's resources and natural environment:

The Comp Plan update is an opportunity to explore how the County can better protect and restore the local natural environment.

Learn more about how you can participate in environmental stewardship in our community through the Environmental Stewardship Hub!

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    A goal is a high-level and long-term direction to fulfill the vision and framework. An objective is a specific outcome or target that accomplishes a goal. The goals and objectives developed now, in Phase Two, will inform the strategies (action steps) that will be drafted in Phase Three.

    The process of creating the Goals and Objectives included:

    • collaboration by an interdisciplinary team of County staff, in coordination with partner agencies
    • review of the current Comprehensive Plan
    • incorporating best planning practices utilized throughout the country
    • community, Planning Commission, and Board of Supervisors input
    • Framework for an Equitable and Resilient Community 
      • "As we move toward 2044, Albemarle County aspires to be a community that is Green and Resilient, Welcoming and Equitable, Connected and Accessible, and Thriving and Prosperous"

    Read more about Environmental Stewardship in the updated Topic Report.

    This questionnaire is designed for you to share your feedback on the draft Goals and Objectives for the Environmental Stewardship chapter. Community input will be shared with the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors. The draft Goals and Objectives will be refined based on community, Commission, and Board feedback.  

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