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New city GIS viewer provides easy access to property information

After nine months and just under $30,000, the city of Charlottesville has launched a state-of-the-art Geographic Information Systems web viewer . The online application provides the public with quick and easy  access to planning and property information such as real estate assessments, zoning information, flood zones and aerial photography. “Everyone who has seen it has […]

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City increases support for bicycle planning; New smartphone biking app to aid planning

The city of Charlottesville is addressing the bicycle and pedestrian needs of area residents with renewed effort. With the appointment of a new bicycle and pedestrian coordinator and an expanded budget, officials say progress is being made toward completing the goals outlined in the 2003 Bike and Pedestrian Plan. Amanda Poncy, bicycle and pedestrian coordinator […]

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Bridge projects get focus as state funding drops further for secondary road projects

Road project priorities, funding and safety were among the topics discussed during the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Wednesday presentation to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. Broomley Road railroad bridge near Ivy Nursery VDOT representatives gave their monthly report and shared the news that local funding for secondary roads would be decreasing another 13.3 percent. […]

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RWSA makes case for adding chloramines to water supply

The Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority clarified statistics, fielded questions and sought to calm concerns about the proposed use of chloramines as a water treatment chemical during Monday night’s Charlottesville City Council meeting. Several area residents and city councilors said they still had questions about the safety of the practice for humans and wildlife. Chloramines […]

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Citizens review plans for protection of historic and scenic resources

A workshop this week brought together local planners and the public to discuss updates to the comprehensive plans for the city of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission sought feedback on historic and scenic resources. It also heard about the importance of rural viewsheds and the desire to protect historic sites […]

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Planning commission endorses continued protection of most rural interstate interchanges

After evaluating the inventory and location of land zoned for light industry, the Albemarle Planning Commission concluded Tuesday that the county’s rural interchanges on Interstate 64 should not be targeted for further development. Download the complete survey report County staff had presented possibilities for expanding industrial land outside of the development area to encourage target […]

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Residents share feedback on Virginia’s plan for state parks

Supporters of local parks voiced their opinions during Thursday’s state public hearing about the Virginia Outdoors Plan. The plan is updated every five years and is the gateway to acquiring state and federal funding for land conservation, outdoor recreation and open space planning. Representatives from organizations like Albemarle Natural Heritage Committee , Virginia Canals and […]