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April 2022

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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