North Pointe hearing delayed
By DAVID DADURKA  / Daily Progress staff writer
December 3, 2003

Albemarle County Supervisors were split over support for a proposed 269-acre development north of 84 Lumber on Profitt Road during a work session Wednesday.

The 3-to-3 standoff prompted the supervisors to cancel a public hearing scheduled for next week on the project, called North Pointe.

“I don’t see how we can handle this next week,” Supervisor David P. Bowerman said.

To iron out concerns about the project, the board formed a committee - made up of two supervisors, two planning commissioners, county planners and North Pointe developers. Then it rescheduled the public hearing for Feb. 11.

Supervisors disagreed over whether North Pointe was consistent with the county’s neighborhood model.

The neighborhood model, composed of 12 design principles, calls for communities to accommodate walkers, incorporate a mixture of residential and commercial uses and provide interconnected streets within a development.

“To me this is an interconnected community,” said Supervisor Charles S. Martin, who represents the district where the project would be built.

“I don’t see how it is out of order” with the neighborhood model, he said. “This is going to connect into the [University Research Park at North Fork] … it helps connect three other neighborhoods.”

But other supervisors argued that residential and commercial uses were not integrated.

“It is the antithesis of Albemarle Place,” Supervisor Sally H. Thomas said.

County officials approved Albemarle Place, a 1.7 million-square-foot complex at the corner of Hydraulic Road and U.S. 29, in October, and one board member called it a project that “typifies the form and vision of the neighborhood model.” The project is one of the first to incorporate the concept of “relegated parking” - putting parking to the side or rear of buildings or using parking structures.

Charles Rotgin Jr., one of the North Pointe developers, said that the project mixes uses in its town center, which will include apartments above shops, similar to Albemarle Place.

He added that North Pointe residents living in the most northern section of the development would be only a 15-minute walk from the shopping center.

North Pointe is slated to feature more than 800 residences, a 250-room hotel and more than 600,000 square feet of retail and office space.

It is the largest of the three major mixed-use developments along U.S. 29 that county officials have grappled with this year.

In addition to the 65-acre Albemarle Place complex, supervisors last summer also approved more than 500,000-square feet of retail and office space, as well as 250 to 300 townhouses, at the Hollymead Town Center, which will be the site of mass merchandiser Target and a new Harris Teeter grocery store.

Contact David Dadurka at (434) 978-7299 or ddadurka@dailyprogress.com.