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File #: 19-109    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Work Session - Action Status: Work Session
File created: 12/12/2018 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 1/9/2019 Final action:
Title: Stream Health in Development Areas
Attachments: 1. Attach. A - Stream Health Proposals-Notations, 2. Attach. B - Stream Health Proposals-Pros Cons, 3. Attach. C - Summary Report-Stream Health Proposals
AGENDA DATE: 1/9/2019

Stream Health in Development Areas

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST: Discuss proposals for improving stream health in the County's Development Areas. Receive direction from the Board regarding actions to take on the proposals.

ITEM TYPE: Regular Action Item

STAFF CONTACT(S): Richardson, Walker, Kamptner, Graham, Hannah

PRESENTER (S): David Hannah, Frank Pohl, Bill Fritz


REVIEWED BY: Jeffrey B. Richardson

BACKGROUND: During a work session on December 6, 2017, the Board approved staff recommendations to develop proposals for improving stream health and water quality in the County. The work was to be done in two phases: the County's Development Areas would be addressed in phase one, followed by work on the Rural Area in phase two. Staff recently completed developing proposals for phase one, including discussions and meetings with the public, and now seeks Board direction on implementation of recommendations.

STRATEGIC PLAN: Natural Resources Stewardship: Thoughtfully protect and manage Albemarle County's ecosystems and natural resources in both the rural and development areas to safeguard the quality of life of current and future generations.

DISCUSSION: Staff conducted a public review of the County's stream buffer regulations in 2017, culminating in a work session with the Board on December 6, 2017. In 2018, staff shifted the focus of their efforts to begin considering potential strategies and measures to improve stream health in the Development Areas while remaining true to the County's Growth Management Policy. None of the strategies or measures considered should limit or hinder growth and development in the County's Development Areas.

Staff reviewed the results and material from the 2017 public review process, analyzed other information, and conducted internal discussions. In October 2018, staff developed a set of thirteen proposals aimed at improving stream health in Devel...

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