Thanks to a simplified review process, it soon may be easier and cheaper for some residents in growth areas of Albemarle County to develop on steep slopes. At the same time, other, more-sensitive slopes will get additional protections. “There are probably individuals who are re-grading their yards, putting in sheds and terracing their lawns without […]
During the first week of classes, students from the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture participated in the third annual Vortex. The final projects presented a variety of designs for a future Route 29, including alternative modes of traffic, dense urbanization, and drone transportation of goods.
Growing trees and improving the environment are important enough to be included in the City Council’s vision statement. Yet new housing developments create challenges for the city’s vision of “a community with a vibrant urban forest, tree‐lined streets and lush green neighborhoods.” At its meeting earlier this week, the council appeared to find a win-win, […]
After a week of intense study during which architecture students at the University of Virginia dreamed of future possibilities for U.S 29 in Albemarle County and Charlottesville, the main prize has gone to a team that expects greater housing density and a return to agriculture in the suburbs. “[Fetish Urbanism] integrates all the [qualities] that […]
The solution to traffic congestion on U.S. 29 might not be Albemarle County’s master plan or the Western Bypass. The solution, some university students say, might be to better utilize new technology and some old-fashioned transportation choices. This past week, groups of students from the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture have asked how technology […]
A plan to build two dozen homes between downtown Charlottesville and Carlton Avenue along Water Street Extended received support from the Charlottesville Planning Commission. If a rezoning is granted for the Water Street Promenade by the City Council, Riverbend Development would be able to build nine more homes than the 15 allowed by-right. “We tried to design this to look something […]
The new Albemarle Board of Supervisors has opted for an expedited review of an update to the county’s Comprehensive Plan that has been under development the past two years. The Planning Commission has held more than 60 meetings on the current draft. The board decided Wednesday to hold a public hearing on Feb. 12, curtailing […]