North Pointe emerges again
By Julie Stavitski  / Daily Progress staff writer

August 5, 2004

Plans for the 269-acre North Pointe development in Albemarle County have been resubmitted, according to county officials.

The original plan, which called for a 250-room hotel, a cinema and 900 residential units at the corner of U.S. 29 and Proffit Road, was vetoed by the Planning Commission in November.

County spokeswoman Lee Catlin said staff members have been working with the developer, Charles Rotgin Jr., to address concerns with the plan.

“Most of the design issues have been reviewed,” Catlin said.

Catlin said the issues included parking, store size and design of the retail spaces.

Some planning commissioners said the existence of several “big-box” stores and threats to the environment were issues, and argued that the plan fell short of the 12 principles associated with the county’s neighborhood model.

The neighborhood model strives for smaller and more interconnected communities in the county by incorporating a mixture of commercial and residential uses as well as accommodating walkers, bikers and public transportation.

The Board of Supervisors will get a preliminary look at the plans during a September meeting, with a possible public hearing in October.

Contact Julie Stavitski at (434) 978-7237 or jstavitski@dailyprogress.com.