The agenda for tomorrow's @CvilleCityHall Planning Commision worksession with @CvillePlans is posted here…
And this time it's all about the FLUM, the Future Land Use Map, something we have not worked on since early 2019
What's a Future Land Use Map? I hope you're ready for a presentation, linked here…
"A guide for development – it can be used when evaluating
development proposals"
Is this the zoning plan? It is not, but that comes next and it will be based on this so it's important that we get this part right.
Some nice slides on Charlottesville land use history here
Good to see some consideration of regional amenities here
Very different story looking at employment, 29 still present but UVA and Downtown dominating
Looking at residential land uses, low density, suburban style homes dominate the field. I'm often surprised how much more city-like the homes directly outside the City are
Amazing variation in how busy different corridors in the city are, by an order of magnitude. 29 N, 64, and the 250 Bypass are the winners
Interesting vacant land map. Not a lot left now, and a lot of this I believe is UVA or floodplain
We aren't doodling idly here, we've been charged by the draft Affordable Housing Strategy to allow homes to address the regional affordable housing crisis and racial equity.
Current zoning tells a simple story: single family detached homes and nothing but. The whole city isn't zoned for that, but 52% is. We didn't even have that until the Civil Rights era.
Charlottesville is older than zoning, so there's a whole lot of older more city-like "missing middle" homes that wouldn't be allowed today. @RoryStolzenberg has done a bunch of work finding these gems
Currently 2/3 of the city is closed off to more affordable "Accessory Dwelling Units" or granny flats and what little is allowed is subject to exclusionary regulations for example requiring the homeowner to live on premises. Most city residents rent.
We were so young then. Former PC member Kurt Keesecker made this
We've heard a lot from the public on what we want to get out of this new map. It's a tall order, but I believe we can do it.
We tried to put all of that into this vision statement to guide this new map
I think this list comes from a previous Planning Commission discussion on how to approach the creation of the map
This is brand new to me, a new framework from the @CvillePlans team to guide the creation of the new map
Is this perfect? Not quite, it concentrates change unevenly across the city. Is it better than before? Very possibly.
Corridor vs node has been a big tension in Charlottesville. Corridor planning has been dominant for decades (think West Main, Cherry, 29), so the 2018 draft plan focused on "nodes" to balance. Think of the Corner, Downtown Mall, and Downtown Belmont. Both have advantages
Based on my read of the agenda, most of the evening will be about these three land use mapping questions
I'm taking notes on tonight's worksession here…

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