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April 14, 2016
The Albemarle Board of Supervisors adopted a $375.5 million operating and capital budget Wednesday based on a 2-cent increase in the property tax. That’s a half cent less than recommended by County Executive Tom Foley, and it creates a larger deficit for the county school system to close ...
April 06, 2016
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors made two key decisions about the proposed budget for fiscal year 2017 on Tuesday, including a vote to retain a 2-percent salary increase. However, supervisors must hold another discussion next week to put finishing touches on a $376 million operating and capital budget that ...
April 04, 2016
As students at Greer Elementary attend programs convened in hallways and Albemarle High School prepares to install an eight-classroom mobile unit to alleviate overcrowding, county and schools officials are scrambling to find money for permanent fixes. Albemarle supervisors voted recently to borrow $1 million to begin design work of an ...
March 10, 2016
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors will explore other alternatives to improve safety before taking a vote on whether to restrict truck through-traffic from a portion of Earlysville Road. “I want to find a balance,” said Supervisor Brad Sheffield, who suggested other options, including lowered speed limits for trucks. About ...
March 03, 2016
Albemarle officials have begun work on a plan to guide redevelopment around one of the county’s most urban locations. “Rio Road and U.S. 29 is the focal point for a lot of investment now in transportation,” said Wayne Cilimberg, the county’s director of planning. “It is a ...
February 11, 2016
Albemarle officials are developing an action plan to quickly identify, fund and build infrastructure in an area around the intersection of Rio Road and U.S. 29. “There seems to be frustration that stuff isn’t getting done,” said County Executive Tom Foley. “I want to find out what this ...
January 07, 2016
A study of potential pedestrian crossings on U.S. 250 on Pantops and U.S. 29 north of Charlottesville will be delayed until the new Albemarle Board of Supervisors can set priorities for infrastructure to make the county more walkable. The decision to not proceed with the study was made ...
November 15, 2015
Albemarle developers seeking to make changes to rezoning conditions can often wait a year while their applications make their way through the county’s planning process. However, the Board of Supervisors has agreed to consider ways to speed that process up. “A developer or a land prospect could move on ...
October 06, 2015
The Charlottesville City Council has agreed to appropriate $15.3 million in federal and state funding to purchase property for the extension of Hillsdale Drive. However, a key milestone in the project’s timeline has been delayed by six months. A road construction project technically begins when the Virginia Department ...
September 25, 2015
As Albemarle officials prepare to enter another budget cycle, five members of the Board of Supervisors spent Friday brainstorming how to ensure the county is ready for its urban future. “Today what we want to do is come together with a common mind about what we care about,” Tyler St ...
September 24, 2015
The Albemarle Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Wednesday to adjust the county’s growth area boundary to include just over 51 acres of new land. That is well short of the acreage preferred by the landowner, according to the county’s economic development director. “While I am grateful that we ...
August 21, 2015
The regional planning commission plans to begin studying ways to improve the area’s transit systems to grow overall ridership, but the review most likely will not lead to the merger of city and University of Virginia bus services. “We think it’s more initially a regional transit issue rather ...
August 07, 2015
When the $30.5-million extension of Hillsdale Drive opens in 2017, the Albemarle Police Department wants a traffic light at its intersection with Greenbrier Drive. “Hillsdale will become a feeder road for people trying to escape the U.S. 29 and Hydraulic Road intersection,” said Lieutenant Mike Wagner at a ...
July 13, 2015
A panel of area leaders spoke Monday at Charlottesville’s Senior Center on the future of aging in the region. The conversation was part of a viewing party for the White House Conference on Aging, which covered topics including finance, healthy aging and technology for seniors. The lunchtime panel, which ...
April 04, 2015
Most of the two dozen people who spoke at this week’s Albemarle County budget hearing expressed support of increased government funding. Several speakers specifically called for additional funds to improve Red Hill Elementary School in southern Albemarle. “For a community school that has served children in Albemarle since before ...
March 28, 2015
As former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s use of a personal email account has recently come under scrutiny, Charlottesville Tomorrow has evaluated the email practices of Charlottesville’s City Council and the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. Two of the 11 elected officials on these bodies advertise personal ...
March 23, 2015
The Board of Supervisors are hosting a series of community budget meetings during March on Albemarle County's Fiscal Year 2016 Operating and Capital Budget, which is currently under development.
March 13, 2015
The Albemarle Board of Supervisors wants more public input before making key spending decisions that will affect the ultimate real estate tax rate on which next year’s operating and capital adopted budget will be based. The board voted 4-2 late Wednesday to advertise an 82.4-cent tax rate, but ...
March 04, 2015
The Albemarle Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to advertise a real estate tax rate of 82.4 cents per $100 of assessed property value, a 2.5-cent increase over the county’s current rate and a cent and a half higher than the rate that had been recommended by the ...
January 17, 2015
In one of its last actions of 2014, the Albemarle Board of Supervisors temporarily halted the work of a volunteer group that advises the board on development and infrastructure projects in the county’s northern urban area. “The Places29 Citizen Advisory Council seems to struggle quite a bit and I ...
January 14, 2015
In an effort to stabilize one business during construction of the grade-separated interchange at U.S. 29 and Rio Road, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors has given its support to Colonial Auto Center to continue its plan for expanding along Berkmar Drive. The board decided during a work session ...
December 29, 2014
People hoping to watch meetings of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors from somewhere other than Lane Auditorium in 2015 are out of luck. Supervisors split 3-3 in a Dec. 10 vote to move forward with a plan to video stream their proceedings as well as School Board meetings. Proponents ...
November 12, 2014
Members of the Albemarle Board of Supervisors turned their attention Tuesday to policies that encourage dense development in the county’s urban areas and questioned whether they are working. “We say we want people to live in the urban area,” said Supervisor Diantha McKeel. “And yet I’m not sure ...
October 11, 2014
The Albemarle Board of Supervisors has approved construction of as many as 100 new homes between Avon Street Extended and Route 20 in the county’s southern urban area. Developer Vito Cetta, of Weather Hill Development, said projects like his are helping Albemarle comply with the goals in the Comprehensive ...
October 10, 2014
With four days remaining until a crucial hearing on three major construction projects in the U.S. 29 corridor, one business owner is concerned that the Virginia Department of Transportation has not sufficiently engaged the public. “I don’t know that enough advertising has been done about these projects and ...
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