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, 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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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 …
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Planning Updates: Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville

Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville are considering significant changes to land use planning and related policies, including a new comprehensive plan for the County and a new zoning ordinance for the City. We …
Albemarle Completes Land Use Buildout Analysis

Albemarle Completes Land Use Buildout Analysis

As PEC wrote in April, Albemarle County is in the midst of updating its Comprehensive Plan (known as AC 44). The first part of this process is a review of the County’s current Growth Management …
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Shaping Albemarle’s Next 20 Years

Over the next few months, Albemarle residents will have an increased opportunity to play an active role in shaping the County’s future through the comprehensive planning process …