The assets, together with 4 other parcels owned by other folks, falls below the Vogue Sq. internet site program that was accredited in 1979.

In 2018, Albemarle adopted a compact space prepare for the land all over the intersection of Rio Highway and U.S. 29, including the land in which the mall sits.

The strategy, which lays out a eyesight for new progress and redevelopment of the spot, suggests amending the county’s zoning ordinance and map to contain a form-based mostly code for the region.

Kind-primarily based code focuses on types and massing of buildings and streets in relation to a person yet another and public spaces, in its place of on individual land use designations. County employees began working on a kind-based code for the place in 2019.

Rachel Falkenstein, a principal planner for Albemarle, told local community customers very last 7 days at a conference of the Sites 29 Rio Group Advisory Committee that the county presently is working on a peer evaluate with industry experts in sort-based mostly codes who have reviewed an early draft and are currently performing on situation modeling, which will mock up what some improvement would glimpse like beneath the draft form-foundation code.

The variety-dependent code will be optional.

“Every home in Rio-29 can either establish to the existing zoning or they can decide into the sort-primarily based code after adopted,” Falkenstein said.