ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Millions of dollars’ worth of improvements to Pantops Mountain in Albemarle County are one step closer to becoming a reality.

On Tuesday, May 14, the Albemarle County Planning Commission approved dozens of proposed improvements to make Pantops more pedestrian friendly and improve connectivity.

Following its initial approval in 2008, county staff and community members have spent the last year updating the master plan to reflect a decade’s worth of changes to the area.

The plan proposes projects that aim to preserve green space and help alleviate traffic congestion along Route 250.

On Tuesday night, planning commissioners and community members had the chance to weigh in on the plan and agree that the changes are a long time coming.

“I think it’s an excellent effort at trying to plan what is largely an already developed area and try to give it a better future,” Karen Firehock, who’s on the planning commission, said.

“I see a lot of potential there both in terms of accommodating the future projected population increases, but also in terms of becoming a place where people want to live, work, and play,” Sean Tubbs of the Piedmont Environmental Council said. “There’s a lot in here that speaks to that."

The plan also highlights ways to improve conservation efforts, transportation, and land use.

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors has the final say on whether the master plan is adopted. A public hearing for it is slated for June 19.