AC44 Digest: April 2023

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Welcome back to the AC44 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. 

What We Did

The first Phase 2 questionnaire closed in March with 532 responses. Those responses are available for review on the AC44 website.

At the Planning Commission Work Session on April 25th, the AC44 Team presented a project update and reviewed content for the upcoming round of Phase 2 engagement. The project team presented the approach for the Planning Toolkits, which are ways to implement coordinated land use and transportation recommendations. View the presentation on Planning Toolkits.

Looking Ahead 

The AC44 Team will post a complete feedback summary of Phase 2, Step 1 -- which will include what we learned from the Online Questionnaire, Community Chats, and Pop-Ups -- later this month.

Save the Date for AC44 Open Houses

These events around the county will offer opportunities to learn, share ideas, and discuss ways we can implement the Framework for an Equitable and Resilient Community focusing on the built environment, centers of activity that foster a sense of community, multimodal transportation, and planning for future growth: 


  • Wednesday, May 24th from 5:30-7:30 pm at Journey Middle School 
  • Tuesday, May 30th from 5:30-7:30 pm at Stone Robinson Elementary School 
  • Tuesday, June 6th from 5:30-7:30 pm at Walton Middle School 

Online engagement opportunities will be announced in the coming weeks.

Learn More

All community members are invited to participate. Please take advantage of these tools to get started: 

  • Listen to the Let’s Talk Albemarle podcast episode about the Comp Plan. This is a great introduction to understanding what the Plan is, how it's developed, and what it’s used for. You’ll also get some insight into the project team’s role in the process and some of the challenges associated with such a big (comprehensive!) community project. 
  • Visit the Introduction to AC44 webpage to learn about the background of the project, why we have a Comprehensive Plan, and what the Plan is used for in day-to-day life. 
  • Visit the Phase 2 webpage to learn more about the current Phase and about each of the Comp Plan topics. 
  • Sign up here to receive email updates and participation opportunities. Select the "Albemarle 2044 - Comprehensive Plan Update" box and any other topics you are interested in. 

About the Comprehensive Plan

AC44 (or Albemarle County 2044) is the project name for the County’s Comprehensive Plan update and is one of the ways the County is planning for an equitable and resilient future. The Comprehensive Plan sets priorities and serves as a guide for the future physical development of Albemarle County. The Plan includes recommendations for how and where the county should grow, supporting local businesses and industry, protecting and enhancing natural resources, providing transportation options for walking, biking, taking transit, and driving, and allowing and encouraging a variety of housing types.  

The goals for the project are to: 

  • Update plan content to reflect recent County-wide strategic initiatives including climate action planning, economic development, and multi-modal transportation planning. 
  • Ensure that equity is integrated into the engagement process and the updated plan content, consistent with the County’s “Community” organizational value. 
  • Improve Plan usability by articulating clearly prioritized goals, incorporating metrics for tracking progress, and applying a modern, streamlined document design. 

The Comprehensive Plan is being updated in a four-phased approach, with adoption of the final Comprehensive Plan expected in late 2024. We are currently in Phase 2: Goals, Objectives, and Planning Toolkits, which is focused on reviewing and updating Comp Plan Goals and Objectives and building planning toolkits for implementing coordinated land use and transportation recommendations. 

Meet Our Team

We have a talented, multidisciplinary team working on AC44. Contact us by phone or email: -or- (434) 296-5832 ext. 3270


Tori Kanellopoulos

Senior Planner II


Mariah Gleason

Urban Designer

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Ben Holt

Senior Planner II


Serena Gruia

Public Engagement Coordinator

Have You Visited Our Online Engagement Center?

We are looking forward to providing you with a variety of robust tools designed to enable you to share your expertise, ideas, and feedback with us on a regular basis.

Please visit the site and register to access current and future projects.

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We have a new podcast! The Let’s Talk Albemarle podcast seeks to foster community participation through the exploration of important topics in Albemarle County. Listen free on Apple Podcast, iHeart, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts, or our website.

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