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.
- Friday, April 29 – Monday, May 16, online questionnaire (link TBD)
- Sunday, May 1, 11 am - 1 pm – RiverFest pop-up
- Thursday, May 5, 4 - 6 pm Yancey Community Center pop-up
- Tuesday, May 10, 4 - 7 pm Forest Lakes Farmers Market pop-up
- Thursday, May 12, 12 - 1 pm Virtual Office Hours via Zoom (link TBD)
- Saturday, May 14, 11 am - 2 pm Batesville Day pop-up