Small Area Plans



Project Name: Small Area Plans

Department: Neighborhood Development Services

Start Date: 7/01/2023

End Date: 6/30/2028


These funds support planning and policy work to implement the Comprehensive Plan, most especially the development and implementation of Small Area Plans as described in the Comprehensive Plan. These plans focus on identified neighborhoods or corridors and address a range of issues from housing and land use to urban design and transportation. Each plan is completed in collaboration with the area residents, businesses, and other stakeholders. Recent plans have been done for the Rivanna River corridor, Star Hill, and Cherry Ave.


Chapter 4 : Land Use, Urban Form, and Historic & Cultural Preservation

Goal 1. Zoning Ordinance

With the community, create a new zoning ordinance to reinforce and implement the vision for Charlottesville’s future as articulated in the Comprehensive Plan, Affordable Housing Plan, Small Area Plans, Vision Plans, and the Standards and Design Manual.

Goal 2. Future Land Use Vision

Guide implementation of the Future Land Use vision contained in this Comprehensive Plan, including support for existing neighborhoods and preventing displacement.

Goal 3. Balance Conservation and Preservation with Change

Protect and enhance the existing distinct identities of the city’s neighborhoods and places while promoting and prioritizing infill development, housing options, a mix of uses, and sustainable reuse in our community.

Goal 4. Small Area Plan Development

Implementation Utilize Small Area Plans to guide growth and development in more detail and establish design guidelines within areas likely to be developed or redeveloped.

Goal 6. Design Excellence

Continue Charlottesville’s history of architectural and design excellence by maintaining traditional urban design features and valuing historic resources while encouraging creative, context sensitive, contemporary planning and design that supports the goals of the Comprehensive Plan.

Chapter 5 : Housing

Goal 2. Diverse Housing Throughout the City

Support a wide range of rental and homeownership housing choices that are

integrated and balanced across the city, and that meet multiple City goals including

community sustainability, walkability, bike-ability, ADA accessibility, public transit use,

increased support for families with children and low-income households, access to food, access to local jobs, thriving local businesses, and decreased vehicle use.

Chapter 6 : Transportation

Goal 2. Coordination with Land Use

Community Design Improve quality of life and promote active living

by reducing automobile use and congestion and supporting multimodal options for safe

and convenient travel in conjunction with implementation of the Future Land Use Vision.

Chapter 10 : Community Engagement and Collaboration

Goal 1. Public Education and Awareness

Empower community members by providing and actively sharing the information they need to participate in a meaningful way.

Goal 2. Inclusive Processes

Seek out and facilitate the involvement of those potentially affected by or interested in a process or decision.

Goal 3. Transparent Procedures

Establish and maintain transparent planning processes.

Goal 4. Effective Engagement

Define and evolve a clear process and strategies for how the City gathers input and shares information with all residents.


Project Objectives: Produce and support the implementation of Small Area Plans to guide City investment and private development, support revitalization, and address issues of neighborhood concern.

Status: Most recently completed SAP was the Rivanna River Corridor Plan, adopted in January 2022. Funding from here was also used to support the zoning rewrite of the Cville Plans Together program.

Cost Estimate

Operating Impacts

Operating impacts to be determined in the future.