Charlottesville Planning Commission

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City Planning Commission in April 2009

The Charlottesville Planning Commission is a seven-member advisory board that advises Charlottesville City Council on matters and issues related to land use and urban planning in the city.

The role of the planning commission is to apply the content of the Comprehensive Plan to physical growth and development within city limits. The commission oversees any rezonings, special-use permits, site plans, and other development items that come before the city. The planning commission also serves as the Entrance Corridor Review Board (ERB).

The commission generally holds a regular meeting on the second Tuesday of each month, and and one work session each month.

Duties

Code of Virginia § 15.2-2210 states that “Every locality shall by resolution or ordinance create a local planning commission in order to promote the orderly development of the locality and its environs. In accomplishing the objectives of § 15.2-2200 the local planning commissions shall serve primarily in an advisory capacity to the governing bodies."

Membership

Code of Virginia Code § 15.2-2212 states that “A local planning commission shall consist of not less than five nor more than fifteen members, appointed by the governing body, all of whom shall be residents of the locality…at least one-half of the members so appointed shall be owners of real property….One member of the commission may be a member of the governing body of the locality, and one member may be a member of the administrative branch of government of the locality."

Term of Office

Four years each. Vacancies to be filled by appointment for the unexpired term only.

Replacement

Members may be removed for malfeasance in office, absent from any three consecutive meetings of the commission, or is absent from any four meetings of the commission within any 12-month period

Compensation

$18,000 per year

Code of Virginia Code § 15.2-2212 states that “The local governing body may provide for compensation to commission members for their services, reimbursement for actual expenses incurred, or both.”

Virginia's Planning District Commissions

The code of Virginia § 15.2-2210 states that “Any locality may participate in a planning district commission or a joint local commission. (See also Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission)

Members

Main article: List of City Planning Commissioners

Virginia Land Use Planning

In Virginia, a developer may need approval from the local planning commission to construct a project. (Information current as of 2020)

Code of Virginia

Article 2. Local Planning Commissions

§ 15.2-2210. Creation of local planning commissions; participation in planning district commissions or joint local commissions.
Every locality shall by resolution or ordinance create a local planning commission in order to promote the orderly development of the locality and its environs. In accomplishing the objectives of § 15.2-2200 the local planning commissions shall serve primarily in an advisory capacity to the governing bodies.
§ 15.2-2211. Cooperation of local planning commissions and other agencies.
The planning commission of any locality may cooperate with local planning commissions or legislative and administrative bodies and officials of other localities so as to coordinate planning and development among the localities.
§ 15.2-2212. Qualifications, appointment, removal, terms and compensation of members of local planning commissions.
A local planning commission shall consist of not less than five nor more than fifteen members, appointed by the governing body...

Relations with Albemarle County Planning Commission

The City Planning Commission and the Albemarle County Planning Commission infrequently hold joint meetings to discuss issues that affect both jurisdictions.

In 2003, the City began a policy where at least one City Planning Commissioner would attend every meeting of the County Planning Commission[3]. However, the policy did not last as this is no longer practice.

Annual Awards

For several years, the Planning Commission presents awards to recognize planning efforts in the community for the previous year. Those awards are:

  • The Eldon Fields Wood Design Professional of the Year
  • Outstanding Plan of Development
  • Citizen Planner of the Year
  • Herman Key Jr., Access to the Disabled Award
  • Outstanding Neighborhood Effort
  • Neighborhood of the Year
  • Outstanding Sustainable Development
  • Neighborhood Development Services Staff Member of the Year

2008 workload changes

In 2008, the Planning Commission's workload was changed as part of a process to streamline the city's development review process. The intent behind the change is to spend less time on specific site plan approvals and leave more time to focus on general zoning issues, [4]


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Web. Council makes several appointments to Planning Commission, Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, 2018-03-19, retrieved 2018-07-17.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Web. City Council appoints four to Planning Commission after Smith steps down, Elliott Robinson, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, October 2, 2018, retrieved October 21, 2018.
  3. "Draft Minutes, City of Charlottesville, Planning Commission, December 9, 2003." City of Charlottesville. Web. 13 Aug. 2009. <http://www.charlottesville.org/Index.aspx?page=1106>.
  4. "http://cvilletomorrow.typepad.com/charlottesville_tomorrow_/2008/10/commission_streamlining.html." Weblog post. Charlottesville Tomorrow News Center. Charlottesville Tomorrow, 17 Oct. 2008. Web. 13 July 2009. <http://cvilletomorrow.typepad.com/charlottesville_tomorrow_/2008/10/commission_streamlining.html>.

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