Albemarle supervisors did not end up discussing or taking any action on recommendations from the Route 29 Advisory Panel as planned Wednesday night. Instead, they unanimously decided to hold another public hearing on the solution plan in two weeks.
The board was supposed to take up the panel's concept recommendation package at its meeting Wednesday night, but right before the public comment period, Supervisor Ken Boyd spoke out against moving forward without more feedback. Boyd motioned for the board to take the item off the evening’s agenda.
The group talked about holding another session to hear from community members now that the panel has finalized its recommendations. Supervisors agreed that they want to hear more about people's concerns with the plan and hopefully get suggestions for implementation.
“I think we need to hear the concerns particularly from the folks that were asking for the public hearing about what they're worried about. I think it informs us and allows us to proceed in the most sensitive way that we can while trying to address their concerns,” said Board Chair Jane Dittmar.
Dittmar also said that "this could be the beginning of the end of contention about roads in our community.”
“At this point, it's not necessarily about a decision; it's about the conversation that needs to be had about the decision that's being made and where we are going,” said Supervisor Brad Sheffield.
Supervisors say they will post information and a copy of the $203 million plan on the county's website.
The public hearing is set for Tuesday, May 27 at 6 p.m. A community meeting planned by supervisors Diantha McKeel and Sheffield for the same day will now be cancelled.
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