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May 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.

Ways to Participate

June 2022 Upcoming Events

In June, we will continue Phase 1: Plan for Growth. Later in the month, we will have a variety of ways for you to share your input. We will share information about existing conditions and the potential future buildout of the County’s Development Areas. We will ask you for input on various options for growth management.

Engagement opportunities this month will include both in-person and virtual open houses. We will also have an online questionnaire. Save the dates below for your chance to connect with the AC44 Team! The content and opportunities for input will be the same at each location.

  • Friday, June 17, 12 - 1 pm Virtual Open House via Zoom (link to be announced)
  • Tuesday, June 21, 4 - 6 pm In-person Open House – Northside Library Meeting Room
  • Wednesday, June 22, 5:30 - 7 pm In-person Open House – COB 5th Street, Room A
  • Monday, June 13 through Friday, June 24, Online Questionnaire

What We Did

We hosted pop-ups, held virtual “office hours,” and had an online questionnaire in May. We asked you to share your thoughts about the current Growth Management Policy and what we should prioritize with an updated policy.

We also held the first meeting of Working Group 1. The Working Group spent time getting to know each other, learned about the history of Comprehensive Planning in the county, and shared some initial feedback about the Growth Management Policy.

May Engagement By-the-Numbers

  • 116 visitors to pop-ups/virtual office hours
  • 139 online questionnaires completed
  • 1,245 visits to the project website

What We Heard

About 37% of people who participated in the questionnaire felt that the current Growth Management Policy accurately, or very accurately, reflects their vision for growth. However, 25% of respondents indicated that it does not reflect their vision for growth.

Themes we heard at our pop-up events and in the online content include:

  • A need to better support population growth with infrastructure and facilities, including schools and transportation improvements such as roads, transit, and sidewalks
  • Concern about the rising cost of living in the county and the lack of affordable housing options, and concern that the limited amount of Development Area land is increasing housing costs
  • Concern about the density and form of new development and associated impacts such as traffic
  • The need for more housing options in the existing Development Areas, especially around the City of Charlottesville, and to prevent sprawl
  • Importance of protecting resources such as the County’s waterways, forests, and scenery, and making sure that our Climate Action goals are incorporated into the Growth Management Policy

Review the Online Responses

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