Search: Bill Fritz
May 05, 2018
In the coming months, smaller wireless towers could start popping up around Virginia at a faster pace. Gov. Ralph Northam has signed legislation that will allow the construction of structures less than 50 feet tall without a special exception, special-use permit or variance from local governments. The towers are designed ...
August 09, 2017
The Albemarle Board of Supervisors has approved a change to the county’s regulations that is intended to make the process of proposing farmers markets more efficient. On Wednesday, Supervisors unanimously voted in favor of eliminating a requirement for farmers markets to submit a site plan in order to be ...
July 11, 2017
The Albemarle County Planning Commission has endorsed a change to the county’s zoning rules that could potentially make it easier to develop farmers markets, but it is not recommending that the county change its current requirement for a special-use permit. At its meeting Tuesday, the commission considered two proposed ...
October 25, 2016
The Albemarle and Charlottesville planning commissions had the opportunity Tuesday for a joint discussion on a redevelopment project that could help the two communities realize a goal of improving the area’s connections with the Rivanna River. Developer Brian Roy is seeking a rezoning that will allow for an adaptive ...
June 10, 2016
The Albemarle Board of Supervisors this week repealed the county’s cash proffer policy, but also discussed ways supervisors could work to get the General Assembly to amend the law that forced them to do so. “We’ve got to find a way to have some common sense and a ...
June 08, 2016
A proposal to expand Re-Store’N Station, a controversial gas station and convenience store in Crozet, may be facing another contentious review process after the Albemarle County Planning Commission voted Tuesday to recommend denial of a special use permit amendment. “As good stewards to the community and to our natural ...
March 11, 2016
Legislation signed this week by Gov. Terry McAuliffe will change the way Albemarle County and other Virginia localities negotiate with developers during the rezoning process. “It effectively renders our cash proffer policy [invalid],” said Bill Fritz, Albemarle’s chief of special projects. Fritz made his comments at a meeting Thursday ...
January 27, 2016
The Albemarle Planning Commission will wait at least until after the General Assembly session to make a recommendation on whether to lower the county’s cash proffer expectations from developers. “We really should be looking at best practices across the commonwealth,” said Planning Commissioner Pam Riley. “I don’t personally ...
September 23, 2015
The Albemarle Planning Commission wants further study of the county’s cash proffer policy to determine if a different model would help generate more revenue to cover the cost of new infrastructure. Last year, the Board of Supervisors directed the Fiscal Impact Advisory Committee to review the policy to determine ...
August 05, 2015
As Albemarle officials seek ways to pay for the county’s growing infrastructure demands, the Board of Supervisors has been told that the amount that can be raised through cash proffers will be reduced. Localities in Virginia have the ability to charge developers a fee for each residential unit that ...
October 03, 2014
The Albemarle Board of Supervisors has signaled that county neighborhoods should be protected from construction of new cell towers. “That way the providers know what the game plan is coming in,” said Supervisor Kenneth C. Boyd at a work session Wednesday on the county’s wireless communications policy. In 2000 ...
September 05, 2014
The Albemarle Board of Supervisors knows just about how many County citizens lack broadband Internet service, but how best to address the issue remains to be seen. During a work session Wednesday, the Board debated potential solutions to expanding broadband into the County’s rural areas, while recognizing that the ...
July 10, 2014
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors has decided to modify the county’s cash proffer policy rather than pursue a radical rewrite. Supervisors also directed the Fiscal Impact Advisory Committee to tweak the policy to help attain a new goal of giving developers an incentive to build in the growth ...
January 30, 2014
Thanks to a simplified review process, it soon may be easier and cheaper for some residents in growth areas of Albemarle County to develop on steep slopes. At the same time, other, more-sensitive slopes will get additional protections. “There are probably individuals who are re-grading their yards, putting in sheds ...
November 17, 2013
The Virginia Outdoors Foundation says it will not allow a golf course on land near Trump Winery in Albemarle County. The new determination, while not final, is based on the existing plans for the Trump National Golf Club under review by the county. “[B]ased on the information currently available ...
August 16, 2013
Although Albemarle County has regulated building on steep slopes since 1980, county officials said nearly every request for a waiver to disturb the land has been approved. In an effort to streamline development in the county’s urban area, an ordinance is proposed that would eliminate the need for waivers ...
December 16, 2012
Bill Fritz, Chief of Special Projects Where were you born (and raised, if different)? I was born in Dade County, Florida and lived in South Florida, Key West, Pennsylvania, and Richmond. When and why did you move to the Charlottesville/Albemarle area? I moved to the area in 1988 when ...
September 06, 2012
The Albemarle Board of Supervisors deferred a vote Wednesday on proposed changes to the process by which by-right developments are approved after some of its members asked for more details on how they would be implemented. “Our final site plan review process has always been a bit disjointed and frankly ...
Albemarle seeks to give design advice earlier in development process and calls for reconsideration of relegated parking
June 19, 2012
The Albemarle Architectural Review Board passed a resolution Monday supporting the addition of an ARB representative to the county’s site review committee in an effort to streamline the development review process. The committee, which contains a representative to assess each aspect of a development project, such as transportation issues ...
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