Planned Unit Development

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A Planned Unit Development is a designed grouping of varied and compatible land uses, such as housing, recreation, commercial centers, and industrial parks, all within one contained development or subdivision.

Both Albemarle County[1] and Charlottesville zoning allows for PUDs under state code. [2]


In Charlottesville, PUDs were formerly an overlay district, but today are ad hoc zoning districts without an underlying zone.[3] This caused problems for the Rock Creek Village PUD, which was approved in 1985 as an overlay but built in 2010.[3]

In 2006, a requirement was added that PUDs must consist of more than 2 acres of land.[4] The Planning Commission public hearing was held on the same day the Franklin Street PUD, a proposal for seven units on a 0.84 acre parcel, was unanimously rejected.

On January 3, 2023, City Council will consider initiating a zoning text amendment to remove the 2-acre requirement.[5][6]

Local uses

Approved in Charlottesville[3]
PUD Approved Constructed Notes
240 Stribling April 18, 2022[7]
Amherst Commons
Anderson Street
Avon Terrace
Belmont Cottages under construction As of October 22, 2013
Belmont Lofts
Belmont Point May 20, 2013[8] Previously known as Stonehenge
Birdwood Court
Brandywine Court
Burnett Commons
Burnett Commons 2
Burnett Commons 3
Cherry Hill
Chisolm Place Not yet complete As of October 22, 2013
Druid Avenue Residences
Eddins Cottages March 20, 2006 not yet built
Flint Hill August 3, 2020
Grove Street August 21, 2008 not yet built
John Street
Johnson Village Phase 3 April 5, 2004
Lochlyn Hill September 4, 2012
Madison Place not yet completed
Moore's Creek
Oak Lawn Cottages
Paton Street
Rialto Beach
River Bluff not yet completed
River's Edge April 5, 2004
Robinson Woods
Rock Creek Village August 19, 1985 2010
Roy's Place not yet completed
Rugby Heights
Sunrise Court
Timberlake Place
Village Place
William Taylor Plaza November 2, 2009 amended later

Projects in Albemarle


  1. Web. Chapter 18, Zoning, Section 20, Planned Unit Development - PUD, Albemarle County Code, retrieved 9 Nov 2009.
  2. Web. Virginia Law, Virginia General Assembly, retrieved December 13, 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Web. Agenda for Charlottesville Planning Commission meeting, October 22, 2013, retrieved December 13, 2013.
  4. Web. Charlottesville Planning Commission meeting minutes, .pdf, City of Charlottesville, June 13, 2006.
  5. Web. Council to consider amendment to existing zoning to allow nine-story building on Ivy Road, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Community Engagement, Town Crier Productions, January 2, 2023, retrieved 2023-02-02.
  6. Web. Agenda for January 3, 2023 Charlottesville City Council, City of Charlottesville, January 3, 2023., retrieved 2023-02-02.
  7. Web. Council Approves Rezoning for 240 Stribling, New Agreement to Pay For Sidewalks, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Town Crier Productions, April 28, 2022, retrieved 2023-01-02.
  8. Web. Divided Council approves Stonehenge development, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, May 23, 2013, retrieved October 20, 2017.