The spotlight is back on a group overshadowed by the ongoing bypass debate.
Last week, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors voted to kill county support of the proposed Route 29 Western Bypass and the Federal Highway Administration sent a letter to the Virginia Department of Transportation asking it to look at other alternatives.
Places29 Council has been on the backburner for a while during the bypass debate, but Thursday night the group met to begin revamping its plan. Places29 focuses on a number of projects that include the Hillsdale Drive extension and widening Route 29 to six lanes from Polo Grounds Road north to Town Center Drive, among other things.
The group says it will continue to meet and discuss the projects to help but it’s also waiting to see what comes out of a meeting next week that discusses bypass alternatives.
"I think they're going to keep working through it. We're going to be very anxious to hear what the state and feds come up with and then we'll adjust for it,” said Ken Boyd, a member of Places29 and Albemarle County supervisor.
The Places29 plan is really just a vision and doesn't necessarily mean the projects will happen, especially if a bypass alternative changes things. Some have concerns about funding and the private property involved.
The meeting to discuss the letter from the FHWA and look into other options will be next Friday in Richmond.