VDOT says federal environmental reviews will require public hearing on Western Bypass


VDOT says federal environmental reviews will require
public hearing on Western Bypass

The Virginia Department of Transportation is moving quickly to prepare a design for the northern terminus of the U.S. 29 Western Bypass so the project can be put out to bid this fall, but opportunities for public input will be limited.

“The northern interchange will not require a public hearing,� said Lou Hatter, a spokesman for VDOT.

However, Hatter later clarified that federal law will require a public hearing as part of the process to ensure that prior environmental reviews for the entire bypass project are still adequate.

“A public hearing will be held before the re-evaluation is completed in accordance with [National Environmental Protection Act] requirements,� Hatter said.

Meanwhile, a task force appointed by Albemarle County Supervisor Kenneth C. Boyd to help design the northern terminus of the Western Bypass is expected to provide an immediate opportunity for citizen input. Boyd’s announcement Wednesday upset some other supervisors who say the full board should have been involved in the discussion. [read more]


Related story: Boyd assembles Western Bypass taskforce; VDOT says northern terminus won’t require public hearing



Population and employment projections assessed in
new water demand forecast


A 50-year water demand forecast for Charlottesville-Albemarle has been updated in advance of a public hearing to be held in September.

AECOM Technology Corp.’s projections now show slightly less water consumption, but greater projected population growth.

Late last week, the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority released AECOM’s final forecast updating a July draft. The state is requiring localities to submit a comprehensive water supply plan by Nov. 2.

“The final regional water supply demands reflect the future human water demands of the regional water supply planning area which includes the citizens in the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Town of Scottsville, and Crozet,� said Kim Shorter, a water supply specialist with AECOM, in an email. “These forecasts will support development of the Regional Water Supply Plan, required by the Virginia Local and Regional Water Supply Planning regulations.�

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