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Albemarle Planners Discuss Monticello View Protection Rules

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Tuesday night, Albemarle County planners are reviewing regulations on developers to protect the view from Thomas Jefferson's hilltop home.

Monticello wants the county to provide developers a new map that expands its historic vistas. Guidelines already in place to protect Jefferson's view include concealed parking lots, earth-tone building colors with camouflaged roofs and shielded lighting.

Monticello also wants to work with developers from the start of Albemarle County's planning process to make sure new projects include those viewshed protections. Leslie Greene Bowman, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation's president says that review sometimes happens too late.

The foundation worked with the Piedmont Environmental Council to develop a map of a proposed scenic protection area. The viewshed would cover east to the Fluvanna County line and west almost to Route 29 South of the interstate. That would protect the view from Montalto as well as Monticello.

"We're taking a look 360 degrees - what is the view from Monticello and Monticello's land and how can we work with developers to be sensitive to that viewshed," Bowman said. "Jefferson's first land purchase was Montalto because he wanted to protect his view."

Albemarle County staff recommends not including the Montalto viewshed into the protected area right now.

The planning commission will review the Monticello viewshed proposals as part of its comprehensive plan update at Tuesday night's meeting.

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