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Albemarle BOS Takes Up Monticello Viewshed Debate

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va (WVIR) - The debate over whether property owners - including developers - are preserving the view from Monticello is in the spotlight again Thursday.

Last year, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation proposed nine voluntary guidelines for property in the Monticello viewshed – including limiting bright pastels and whites on buildings, large windows facing Monticello, and lighting. The Planning Commission decided the Thomas Jefferson Foundation will not have a say over what owners do on their property if it can be seen from Monticello.

But Thursday, the Albemarle Board of Supervisors voted five to one to receive information from county staff about whether property owners seeking permits in the Monticello viewshed are communicating and cooperating with Monticello.

At least one Albemarle supervisor is concerned. Ken Boyd says disclosing whether or not the property owners or developers are cooperating with Monticello could sway the decisions supervisors make on whether to grant building permits or change zoning.

Boyd said, “What the board felt was that it was important to make that part of the staff report so it will become a point of interest for some board members as to how they decide whether they are going to allow development or not - is what Monticello's input on it was."

Most of the supervisors say it will ensure good neighborly relations. But Boyd fears owners who don't want what the Monticello Foundation wants would not get permits.

“It is not a done deal. We are going to come up with a comprehensive plan with a redlined version and will look at it, review and approve later this year,” said Boyd.

The new language has not been drafted.

Representatives at Monticello were not able to talk about the issue Thursday because of a scheduling conflict.
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