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:

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Albemarle County AC44 Comprehensive Plan Policy Platform

PEC’s priorities in supporting our mission and helping inform Albemarle County’s AC44 comprehensive planning process …
Our Albemarle Climate Action Platform

Our Albemarle Climate Action Platform

In 2022, PEC created a preliminary climate action platform guidance document in support of a climate-ready Albemarle Country. The document summarizes the priority areas where we believe The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) can most advance …
Presentation on PEC’s Albemarle County climate action and Comprehensive Plan platforms

Presentation on PEC’s Albemarle County climate action and Comprehensive Plan platforms

On June 20, 2023, PEC’s Senior Land Use Field Representative for Albemarle County presented to the Cville100 Climate Alliance on PEC’s AC44 Comprehensive Plan Update platform, which is informed by our Climate Change Platform and …
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Continuing the Climate Conversation: An update from Albemarle

PEC is ramping up our activities and role within the broader Comprehensive Plan update process, developing recommendations that we hope, based on our study of climate threats in Albemarle, can serve as a model for …
Week Ahead for September 26, 2022: Albemarle Planning Commission to review equity framework for growth management policy; Charlottesville City Council to meet with PC on zoning rewrite next steps

Week Ahead for September 26, 2022: Albemarle Planning Commission to review equity framework for growth management policy; Charlottesville City Council to meet with PC on zoning rewrite next steps

Somehow this week has a lot going on, as listed below. This week I’m going to keep the narrative short because I want to get this posted quickly as I’m a bit behind my schedule …
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Albemarle to Host Climate Resilience Planning Event

Join Albemarle County for a discussion of the main conclusions of the Climate Vulnerability and Risk Assessment report, published in June 2022, and an overview of the next steps in building resilience as a community …
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What’s at Risk from Climate Change Locally – An Albemarle StoryMap

We are already feeling the effects of climate change in Albemarle County and the local impacts are expected to intensify in the coming years. View this online StoryMap to take a closer look at the …