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Steering committee puts its stamp on bicycle-pedestrian plan

Members of the steering committee for Charlottesville’s update to its Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan recently had a chance to voice their concerns and identify specific areas of improvement to the design firm coordinating the update. “We’re really emphasizing bike network, pedestrian planning and policy-level things that we should be considering,” said Amanda Poncy, the […]

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Albemarle’s bike lanes to receive attention

Bicyclists crossing the boundary between the city of Charlottesville and Albemarle County sometimes notice a real difference in the maintenance of bike lanes. A lot of that is due to the fact that the city has had a street-sweeping program for years while the county does not. “It is usually really obvious when you exit […]

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Albemarle Supervisors consider housing policy

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors has turned a new page in their review of the Comprehensive Plan – literally. At Tuesday’s work session, the board provided feedback on a new chapter on housing policy. “It’s a new chapter in our Comprehensive Plan that has taken many of the recommendations for housing … and put […]

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Neighbors updated on Meadow Creek Parkway interchange

Residents living near the Meadow Creek Parkway interchange construction project got a chance to share their concerns with the Charlottesville City Council and city staff at a briefing last week. “We really appreciate your patience and tolerance because I know that living in the middle of a construction zone has got to be miserable,” Jim […]

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Charlottesville approves new downtown mural

A prominent downtown wall is slated to join the ranks of public art pieces in Charlottesville. The Board of Architectural Review unanimously approved a bike-themed mural that the Charlottesville Mural Project is scheduled to complete by this fall. “In general, I think this [mural] would add to the vibrancy of downtown,” said board member Melanie […]

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Belvedere’s friendly streets shared by residents and fire trucks

The growing Belvedere neighborhood off East Rio Road has forced Albemarle County to re-examine some of the details of its neighborhood model. “The neighborhood model is all about bringing the urban context to the suburban growth area,” said Belvedere resident and county Supervisor Brad Sheffield. “It’s a fine balance.” Adopted in 2001, the model aims […]

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Public gives input on Albemarle’s next master plan

More than 100 people gathered earlier this week at Monticello High School to provide input on Albemarle County’s master plan for its southern and western urban areas. Supervisors Jane Dittmar and Liz Palmer were on hand at Thursday’s meeting to hear comments from the public. “Liz and I are very thankful as elected folks to […]

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City officials mull further study of affordable housing

The need for additional information on affordable housing in the area was at the forefront of recent meeting between the Charlottesville City Council and the Housing Advisory Committee. Councilors and committee members said new studies could help develop incentives to attract workforce members to Charlottesville. “It is almost impossible to find somebody who works full-time […]