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Rivanna River Corridor Plan

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Rivanna River Corridor Plan2018-09-27T09:54:07+00:00

Purpose

The Rivanna River Corridor Plan is a joint effort between the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, along with other stakeholders, to develop a vision and action plan for the Rivanna River. This effort will help to refocus attention on the Rivanna. The planning process and subsequent Master Plan will help localities and stakeholders coordinate on making a cleaner, safer and more livable waterway that serves as a catalyst for community investment. The Thomas Jefferson Planning District is facilitating this process through its initial phases.

Background

In recent years, local officials and stakeholders began to refocus on the Rivanna River, as a natural and community asset.

  • In 2013, the TJPDC managed the One Community effort, to create a more livable region through regional coordination.
  • In 2014, Charlottesville and Albemarle held a joint Strategic Planning Meeting, where officials identified the Rivanna River as a top priority for inter-governmental coordination.
  • These localities requested that the TJPDC convene an appointed group of elected officials, planning commissioners, staff and non-profits to begin joint planning discussions around common sections of the Rivanna River.There were nine subsequent meetings with these stakeholders, to discuss a variety of topics and recommendations for how to move forward.
  • In 2015, The TJPDC presented these recommendations at a City-County joint planning session.
  • In 2016, the City and County decided to move forward with phase I of the planning effort.

Where we stand

Phase I: Laying the Foundation: (complete)

Phase I focused on developing the necessary data and groundwork for beginning a joint Master Plan for the Rivanna River between the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

Phase II: Developing the Vision: (pending)

Phase II will result in a conceptual planning document, which with a clear vision and draft recommendations for Phase III consideration.

Phase III: Creating the Master Plan: (future effort)

Phase III will work to develop a completed master plan.

Tabs below provide details for each phase.

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Phase I of the effort is complete, with final documents under review. The focus was on developing the necessary data and groundwork for beginning a joint Master Plan for the Rivanna River, between the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. The study area consisted generally of the areas within a half mile from the Rivanna River, at the North Fork Reservoir dam to the Milton Road bridge, near Shadwell. Phase I deliverables include:

  • A comprehensive series of thematic maps that illustrate existing conditions and critical issues along the River,
  • This webpage, to share information and serve as a public engagement portal,
  • Coordination between local officials and stakeholders,
  • A Final Report on mapping and data gathering from Phase I, and
  • A written proposal and budget for the Phase II Master Plan.

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Phase II will result in a conceptual planning document, which with a clear vision and draft recommendations for Phase III consideration. The overall initiative aims to address:

  • Livability: Coordinate both localities and other stakeholders, to foster a cleaner, safer, and more livable waterway;
  • Investment: Serve as a catalyst for future economic investment within the corridor;
  • Capital: Identify public capital in recreation facilitates and infrastructure;
  • Policies: Inform any needed updates to City and County policies;
  • Laws: Identify needed changes in local ordinances and codes;
  • Programs: Guide the development of local programs designed to preserve environmental and historic river resources, while fostering future investment;
  • Cooperation: Improve cooperation between the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

The Project Steering Committee is reviewing the Phase II Scope of Work and will be deciding on how to proceed. City Council and the Albemarle Board of Supervisors will be reviewing this proposal in the fall and winter of 2018.

Please see the Draft Phase II Scope of Work document for complete details.

Details to come…

Committees

A Steering Committee and a Technical Advisory Committee help guide Phase I and Phase II of the Rivanna River Corridor Plan.

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee provides general guidance to the overall effort and acts as advocates for advancing planning process. Voting membership includes:

City of Charlottesville

  • Two elected officials,
  • Two Planning Commissioners, and
  • One appointed citizen

Albemarle County

  • Two elected officials,
  • Two Planning Commissioners, and
  • One appointed citizen

The Rivanna River Basin Commission, upon execution of the additional services agreement for Fluvanna and Greene Counties, shall be entitled to two voting representatives representing Greene and Fluvanna Counties.

The Voting members of the Steering Committee may recommend additional non-voting members with technical or community expertise to join the committee and participate in an advisory role.

Technical Advisory Committee

Non-voting members of the Steering Committee are part of a Technical Advisory Committee. This group meets to guide and coordinate technical matters of the process. This group is particularly active for Phase I of this effort. Committee membership includes:

  • Albemarle’s Community Development Department,
  • Albemarle’s Parks and Recreation Department,
  • Charlottesville’s Neighborhood Development Services,
  • Charlottesville’s Parks and Recreation,
  • Charlottesville’s Environmental Programs,
  • Albemarle’s Environmental Programs,
  • Rivanna River Basin Commission,
  • Rivanna Conservation Alliance,
  • Charlottesville-Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau,
  • Lewis & Clark Center,
  • James River Association,
  • Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority, and
  • Thomas Jefferson Soil & Water Conservation District.