In the context of the Sustainability Accords, the Charlottesville- Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization and TJPDC decided to find new ways to handle the transportation demands of economic and population growth. The TJPDC won a grant from the Federal Highway Administration Transportation and Community and System Preservation (TCSP) program to conduct the Jefferson Area Eastern Planning Initiative (EPI) for the City of
Charlottesville, the eastern portions of counties Albemarle and Greene, and the whole of counties Fluvanna and Louisa.

The initiative has two primary objectives – to develop a set of modeling tools capable of concurrently evaluating transportation and land use options in light of the Sustainability Accords; and to lay the groundwork for a regional vision of sustainable transportation and land use.