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April 19, 2014
Albemarle County’s rural countryside may soon see an increased number of events at breweries, wineries and agricultural farms. A recent roundtable discussion hosted by the county brought together about 35 community members, business owners and advocates to hash through how to mitigate negative impacts and ensure positive outcomes from ...
January 26, 2014
A future where one-story shopping centers on U.S. 29 are replaced with multi-story buildings in which people live, work and shop is the vision of the team that won both the student and public prizes at the University of Virginia School of Architecture’s third annual “vortex.” The weeklong ...
January 13, 2014
Representatives of local environmental and business groups gave a warm welcome to University of Virginia’s School of Architecture students Monday as they began a weeklong design study of the U.S. 29 corridor from Ivy Road to the South Fork Rivanna River. “These ideas matter,” said Neil Williamson, president ...
August 15, 2013
Although Albemarle County has regulated building on steep slopes since 1980, county officials said nearly every request for a waiver to disturb the land has been approved. In an effort to streamline development in the county’s urban area, an ordinance is proposed that would eliminate the need for waivers ...
June 22, 2013
While debate continues on the design, costs and delays of the Western Bypass of U.S. 29, planners at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization are now including the existing road in the region’s long-range plans. As proponents and opponents of the bypass float ideas to improve the current corridor ...
May 05, 2013
The head of a pro-business group representing area real estate developers has told the Albemarle Board of Supervisors that one of its tools for funding new infrastructure is flawed. “Cash proffers are not helping you achieve your Comprehensive Plan,” said Neil Williamson, president of the Free Enterprise Forum. In October ...
May 01, 2013
A new location for the Northside library became a reality Wednesday when the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors voted to spend $11.8 million to purchase and redevelop a building on West Rio Road. “After years and years of researching and trying to find a spot, and after exhausting all ...
April 02, 2013
In the latest phase of the Albemarle’s Comprehensive Plan update, the county Planning Commission heard public comment Tuesday focused on Monticello, the county’s vision of itself and its economic vision for the future. The comprehensive plan is the document that directs a locality’s land use and planning ...
January 06, 2013
A new report produced for Advocates for a Sustainable Albemarle Population says that continued population growth in Charlottesville and Albemarle County would only increase the fiscal challenges faced by local government. It also argues that “smart growth” strategies and economic development efforts to recruit even targeted industries are “doomed to ...
November 27, 2012
The Environmental Protection Agency has recommended that the Virginia Department of Transportation consider alternatives to the proposed Western Bypass of U.S. 29 to make sure the project is in compliance with federal law. The National Environmental Policy Act requires that VDOT conduct an environmental assessment of the bypass so ...
October 18, 2012
Traffic forecasts used in the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Environmental Assessment of the Western Bypass of U.S. 29 were based on data the agency knew to be flawed, according to a consultant hired by the Southern Environmental Law Center. The area’s Metropolitan Planning Organization was made aware ...
September 06, 2012
The Albemarle Board of Supervisors deferred a vote Wednesday on proposed changes to the process by which by-right developments are approved after some of its members asked for more details on how they would be implemented. “Our final site plan review process has always been a bit disjointed and frankly ...
September 02, 2012
Opponents and supporters of the Western Bypass of U.S. 29 spent time last week reviewing a document that is central to the future of the proposed four-lane highway. In order to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act, the Virginia Department of Transportation was required to complete an environmental ...
August 22, 2012
The Albemarle Planning Commission decided Tuesday to defer its recommendation on proposed changes to the county’s development review process in order to give staff more time to revise the proposal. The changes are intended to make the review of development plans more efficient by increasing oversight earlier in the ...
July 25, 2012
The Metropolitan Planning Organization’s policy board will consider today whether to expand its boundaries to include Lake Monticello, Ruckersville and other growing communities located outside of Albemarle County. “Important transportation decisions will be made about the highways that connect those areas to Charlottesville via U.S. 29, Virginia Route ...
July 13, 2012
Two organizations opposed to the Western Bypass of U.S. 29 in Albemarle County have produced a three-minute video to encourage citizens to consider alternatives to the 6.2-mile, four-lane highway. “We put this video together to highlight better approaches to solving traffic problems on U.S. 29,” said Morgan ...
June 30, 2012
Albemarle’s Planning Commission is working to improve the way the county can best provide affordable living choices to its residents. The commission’s recommendations will be reviewed by the Board of Supervisors later this year as it considers changes to the 2005 Affordable Housing Policy and whether to make ...
June 28, 2012
Planning staff and officials in the city of Charlottesville and Albemarle County will spend this summer identifying joint goals to include in their respective comprehensive plan updates. Earlier this year, officials identified seven shared priorities: historic preservation, entrance corridors, environment, housing, economy, transportation and land use. In separate meetings Tuesday ...
June 22, 2012
Detailed plans for the Western Bypass of U.S. 29 are now available to the public for the first time following the Commonwealth Transportation Board’s decision Wednesday to award a $135 million contract to design and build the four-lane highway in Albemarle County. Technical drawings and construction plans have ...
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