AC44 Phase 2: Historic, Scenic, and Cultural Resources

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Albemarle County has a variety of historic, scenic, and cultural resources.

Historic and cultural resources include the county’s buildings, structures, landscapes, sites, and districts that have historic, architectural, archaeological, or cultural significance. These historic and cultural resources have intrinsic cultural value, and are valued for their scenic enjoyment from public roadways, recreation, and economic development potential.

Scenic resources include the county's state- and national-designated scenic roads (Virginia Byways, State Scenic Highways, National Scenic Byways), County-designated Entrance Corridors, state- and County-designated scenic streams and rivers, important scenic views, and the dark sky.

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 its many resources. Supporting and leveraging these resources in a sustainable manner supports climate action, more inclusive histories, and tourism.

Building Upon the Work: Historic Registers & Markers

The county has 94 individual properties listed in the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places (including two World Heritage sites), 45 historical markers (and growing!), and 29 percent of the county’s land area is within its 12 registered historic districts.

Albemarle County has a variety of historic, scenic, and cultural resources.

Historic and cultural resources include the county’s buildings, structures, landscapes, sites, and districts that have historic, architectural, archaeological, or cultural significance. These historic and cultural resources have intrinsic cultural value, and are valued for their scenic enjoyment from public roadways, recreation, and economic development potential.

Scenic resources include the county's state- and national-designated scenic roads (Virginia Byways, State Scenic Highways, National Scenic Byways), County-designated Entrance Corridors, state- and County-designated scenic streams and rivers, important scenic views, and the dark sky.

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 its many resources. Supporting and leveraging these resources in a sustainable manner supports climate action, more inclusive histories, and tourism.

Building Upon the Work: Historic Registers & Markers

The county has 94 individual properties listed in the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places (including two World Heritage sites), 45 historical markers (and growing!), and 29 percent of the county’s land area is within its 12 registered historic districts.

  • 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 Historic, Scenic, and Cultural Resources in the updated Topic Report.

    This questionnaire is designed for you to share your feedback on the draft Goals and Objectives for the Historic, Scenic, and Cultural Resources 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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