Albemarle County AC44 Comprehensive Plan

The AC44 Comprehensive Plan update is a guiding document for growth, development and investment for Albemarle County for the years 2024-2044. It provides recommendations for how, where and if the County should grow, supporting the local economy, protecting and enhancing natural resources and conservation, providing accessible housing and transportation options, and much more. The Comprehensive Plan was last updated in 2015; the vision outlined in AC44 will be adopted by the Board of Supervisors in 2024.

Our Vision for Albemarle

PEC envisions an Albemarle County with the majority of its rural lands permanently protected, with intact natural and cultural landscapes, healthy waters, and working farms and forests. The County’s urban areas are vibrant, mixed-use, and walkable, with everyday access to open space, parkland, and recreational opportunities. Equity and climate action are north stars in planning and zoning decisions, and everyone has a chance to help determine the County’s future.

PEC will be monitoring and sharing our perspective on the Comprehensive Plan update process as it moves forward. We encourage you to subscribe to our email alerts so you don’t miss anything!

Want to join the climate conversation?

To learn more about AC44, visit engage.albemarle.org, where you can also sign up to receive email updates. Also be sure to check out the County’s commitments to equity and climate action, which we hope will be fully integrated into this Comprehensive Plan update.

For information about the climate action work of the City of Charlottesville and the University of Virginia, visit:

ACE Landowner Testimonials

ACE Landowner Testimonials

Land conservation programs are a critically important tool for protecting Albemarle’s open space, which includes working farms and forestland and important natural and cultural resources. We asked landowners to share how the Acquisition of Conservation …
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Strengthening Albemarle County’s Land Conservation Programs: AC44 Comprehensive Plan

As part of the AC44 Comprehensive Plan update, the County has the opportunity to increase support for and strengthen its land conservation programs, including reinstating its purchase of development rights (PDR) program …
Albemarle County Rural Area - PEC Interactive Map

Albemarle County Rural Area – PEC Interactive Map

Albemarle County is undergoing an update of its Comprehensive Plan, called AC44 — to serve as a guideline for development and infrastructure in the County over the next 20 years. Given that the maps that …
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Albemarle County AC44 Comprehensive Plan Rural Area Land Use & Transportation Goals & Objectives: Suggested Talking Points | 23 Feb. 2024

Contact: Rob McGinnis – rmcginnis@pecva.org, (434) 962-9110 The following are PEC’s recommendations for the Rural Area Land Use & Transportation draft Goals & Objectives, which will be presented to the Albemarle County Planning Commission Tues, …
AC44 Update: Feb. 16, 2023

AC44 Update: Feb. 16, 2023

The following text was sent out via email on February 16, 2023. Sign up for PEC email alerts → Dear Supporter, Hold on, while we catch our breath! It’s been a busy week in the world …
Join Us for a Community Meeting in Charlottesville

Join Us for a Community Meeting in Charlottesville

The following text was sent out via email on January 24, 2023. Sign up for PEC email alerts → Data center in Ashburn location. Photo by Hugh Kenny/PEC. View the video, “The Hidden Costs of the Cloud: …
Winter Updates from Albemarle & Charlottesville

Winter Updates from Albemarle & Charlottesville

The following text was sent out via email on December 20, 2023. Sign up for PEC email alerts → Photo by October Greenfield/PEC Dear Supporter, We hope you will soon be logging off and, like the …
AC44 Update: Dec. 12, 2023

AC44 Update: Dec. 12, 2023

The following text was sent out via email on December 12, 2023. Sign up for AC44 email alerts → Dear Supporter, It’s official! The County has decided to prepare standalone Rural Area and Development Areas chapters in the …
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