Places 29 Albemarle Northern Neighborhoods Framework Plan

Albemarle County, Virginia

Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission
Virginia Department of Transportation

Lead Consultant

2004 - 2010

Places29 was a major planning effort to comprehensively address transportation and land use issues in northern Charlottesville and northern Albemarle County, Virginia. The project was jointly sponsored by the County of Albemarle, the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (the region's MPO), and the Virginia Department of Transportation. CD+A led the development of a Framework Master Plan that will guide planning in Albemarle County's Northern Development Areas for the next 20 years and a Transportation Study that will prioritize and direct future transportation improvements for US 29, a major, auto-dominated arterial, and throughout the project area's neighborhoods. In addition to leading the team of economic, civil engineering, architecture, and photo simulation consultants, CD+A was responsible for the project's land use and urban design work.

Albemarle County's 9,000 acre Northern Development Areas include extensive, poorly interconnected shopping centers and strip commercial frontage along an eleven mile long stretch of US 29, large tracts of suburban residential development, and sizable sections of still vacant land. A particular emphasis of the planning effort is on developing a land use pattern and multi-modal circulation network that are consistent with the County's Neighborhood Model, which requires that future growth is focused in neighborhoods organized around a range of walkable, mixed use centers, and by creating multi-modal streets that provide for a balance of access and mobility for pedestrians, bicycles, and vehicular traffic.

The project includes a major public outreach component, in which public and stakeholder participation occurs primarily through a charrette process comprised of a range of events, including open houses, workshops with facilitated small group sessions, stakeholder focus groups, and one-on-one stakeholder meetings, as well as working sessions with agency staff, Planning Commission, and the Board of Supervisors.

The final Master Plan includes a Framework Map that illustrates future land use patterns, center locations, and roadway networks. Street cross sections, design guidelines, and an implementation plan have also been developed. The Board of Supervisors adopted the Final Framework Master Plan in 2010.