Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:

Terrence L. Nyhous, Chairman, Center District Supervisor

April 8, 2010

Staff Lead:


Frederick P.D. Carr, Director


Community Development


A Resolution Directing the County Administrator to Execute the Commonwealth of Virginia Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment Agreement for Consultant Support to Facilitate Designation of Urban Development Areas and Appropriate Ordinances


Topic Description:

The County was awarded a $100,000 Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Tier II Urban Development Area Planning Grant on January 15, 2010 through the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Secretary of Transportation.  The Multimodal Planning Office is responsible for managing the grant program, and has just sent the agreement to all localities receiving the grant awards (refer to Attachment 1).  The first step is to sign the agreement. 


It needs to be noted that VDOT will assign all localities a consultant from a pool of four qualifying firms:  Cox Companies, Renaissance Planning Group, Rhodeside and Harwell, and Parsons.  We have been assigned the Renaissance Planning Group, which has a superb planning and transportation team.  

County Projects:

Our grant funds will be used exclusively on the Bealeton and Marshall Service Districts.  A preliminary description of the principal direction to be taken in each is summarized in Attachment 2.  These descriptions will be developed into a more detailed work program and schedule to be discussed with the consultant team and to insure that costs shall not exceed the grant budget. Accepting the grant means that the County will need to:

·         Analyze future growth patterns;

·         Designate at least one Urban Development Area (UDA);

·         Revise zoning and subdivision ordinances to create at least one classification that incorporates the principles of “new urbanism by-right”;

·         Identify and describe the transportation benefits that will be realized if the UDA is successfully implemented; and

·         Create at least one small area plan for a service district that will be a UDA through a public involvement process.

All of these listed grant criteria are easily achievable for the Bealeton and Marshall Service District Plans.

Other Ongoing Projects:

Separate from this UDA grant, the County is in the initial stages of upgrading its Opal Service District Plan due to the pending construction of the grade separated interchange for the U.S. 15/29 and Route 17 intersection. The Opal Service District is a planned business center area that needs a coordinated upgrade for both its land use and transportation plans. The Service District boundaries may also require adjustment to offer more effective land use relationships with street and service road network alignments and extensions.  Here, future land use and transportation requirements need to be carefully linked and effectively coordinated.

As a first step, the County and VDOT have initiated a Public Service Road Study (Consultant: HNTB) that will establish realistic alignments for service roads, extensions of existing streets, future realignment options of Opal Road to the Route 15-29 flyover, access management guidelines, as well as the staging of engineering design and improvements. VDOT is funding this consultant work through the Culpeper District’s consultant on-call program.  With staff assistance and funding from the engineering fund, HNTB will also complete the second step which is a future land use plan update that carefully establishes the development form, scale and character in far more detail than currently represented in the Service District plan. This step will run concurrently with the service road network phase and have a citizen and business outreach effort included. Refer to the draft work program (Attachment 3) for the general details.  Final work program elements have yet to be consummated with the future land use plan assignment.


Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:

Consider the attached resolution.


Identify any other Departments, Organizations or Individuals that would be affected by this request:

Board of Supervisors

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)



1.      Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Urban Development Area Grant Agreement

2.      Draft Bealeton and Marshall Urban Development Area Work Program

3.      Draft Opal Service District Plan Work Program

4.      Resolution


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