North Pointe Planning Continues

By: Philip Stewart
By: Philip Stewart

June 7, 2006

North Pointe is a major development planned in northern Albemarle County and Wednesday night the county's board of supervisors once again heard more on the proposal.

North Pointe would stretch across 264 acres, adding almost 900 homes, retail stores, and a school to Albemarle County.

But, the development has come with a lot of controversy. Many county residents have voiced concern over such a large development, and the potential problems it could bring, including over-crowding and traffic headaches on 29 North.

In May more than 200 residents showed up at a public hearing on North Point to weigh in on the planed community.

Wednesday night planners and the board are moving forward. They said they made a lot of progress.

"They're very exciting changes that would help create a...sense of place within North Pointe," explained Valerie Long, a Land Use Attorney who discussed changes with the board Wednesday. "It would make the project more consistent with the neighborhood model. It doesn't add any square footage to it. It just pulls some buildings up to the road, creates more of a sense of place, so the board was very receptive to those changes."

The public will get a chance to see, and then weigh in again, on some of the changes discussed Wednesday night. Another public forum is planned for later this summer. The board is tentatively saying it will be in August or September.

North Pointe is planned to be built on Route 29 just north of Proffit Road.

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