Project Summary

The Urban 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 helps to refocus attention on the Rivanna. The planning process 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 facilitated this process through the existing conditions and visioning phases.

Vision Statement

The Rivanna River, flowing through Charlottesville and Albemarle County, is one of the community’s greatest assets. In and near Free Bridge, Woolen Mills, and the Pantops area, the river corridor is and will be a dynamic place where people can experience a natural environment, healthy outdoor activities and venues, peaceful and serene opportunities, and important historic and cultural points of interest.

The Plans

The Study Area

The study area consisted of the parcels adjacent to the Rivanna River from Darden Towe Park south to where I-64 crosses over the Rivanna.

Phase I

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:

Phase II

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:

Phase III

Details to come…


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