Albemarle County Planning Commission
The Albemarle County Planning Commission is a seven-member body that provides guidance to the Board of Supervisors on issues of planning and development. Six of its members serve four-year terms and are appointed by each member of the Board of Supervisors. A seventh is elected at-large and serves a two-year term. One member is selected among the commissioners to serve as chair.
Meetings are held on Tuesday nights beginning at 6:00 PM in Lane Auditorium at the Albemarle County Office Building. Members of the public may make a comment in the form of three-minute speeches at the start of every meeting. It is up to the Chair whether to take public comment during work sessions, though most generally do.
- Don Franco, Member (Rio)
- Mac Lafferty, Member (Jack Jouett)
- Tom Loach, Member (White Hall)
- Calvin Morris, Member (Rivanna)
- Linda Porterfield, Member (Scottsville)
- Edward L. Smith, Member (Samuel Miller)
- Duane Zobrist, Member (At-Large)
A new chair will be named on January 12, 2010 at the Commission's first meeting of the year.
At least three new members will join the Commission in 2010. Strucko was recently elected to the Albemarle County School Board. Edgerton declined to re-apply for a third term and will be replaced by Russell "Mac" Lafferty. Joseph also opted not to apply for a third term as the Commission's at-large member. Franco has re-applied, but it will be up to incoming Supervisor Don Franco to retain his services or to go in a new direction.
From Albemarle County's website: "The duties and functions of the Albemarle County Planning Commission are to promote the orderly development of Albemarle County and its environment.The Commission serves primarily in an advisory capacity to the Board of Supervisors in accomplishing the objectives of Â§15.2-2210 of the Code of Virginia.This Commission also serves to improve public health, safety, convenience and welfare of County citizens and to plan for the future development of the County to the end that transportation systems be carefully planned; that new community centers be developed with adequate highway, utility, health, educational, and recreational facilities; that the needs of agriculture, industry and business be recognized in future growth; that residential areas be provided with healthy surroundings for family life; that agricultural and forestal land be preserved; and that the growth of the community be consonant with the efficient and economical use of public funds."
According to County Code, Comissioners are charged with promoting "the orderly development of Albemarle County and its environment." They make $4100 a year, and whoever serves as chair gets an extra $1500.
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