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City Council just adopted a wildly controversial Future Land Use Map that proposes major increases in allowable housing density across Charlottesville

It’s a two-page appendix to a multi-chapter, more than 100-page document, but the new Future Land Use Map has been the most controversial aspect of the city’s Comprehensive Plan update to date. That continued Monday evening when the City Council held a public hearing on — and ultimately adopted — the plan, including the FLUM, […]

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Five years later, Charlottesville has a new Comprehensive Plan

Monday night, Charlottesville City Council unanimously voted to adopt the newly-updated Comprehensive Plan. They did so on the first reading and public hearing, after nearly three hours of public comment from dozens of community members, most of whom spoke in favor of the plan.  This wasn’t the first time Council discussed or heard about the […]

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Former Police Chief Brackney demands $3 million from city, alleges wrongful termination

Former Police Chief RaShall Brackney is demanding $3 million from the city of Charlottesville and has lodged a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging that her Sept. 1 termination was unjust. Standing in front of city hall on Tuesday morning, Brackney and her attorney, Charles Tucker of The Cochran Firm, accused Charlottesville’s former […]

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City Council (tentatively) plans to decide the fate of Charlottesville’s Confederate statues before the year’s end

A public comment in the last few minutes of Monday’s City Council meeting prompted Councilors to discuss when they’ll decide what to do with the recently removed statues of Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. The Council had not discussed the matter since its Oct. 15 deadline for individuals and organizations […]

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Charlottesville is losing its community gardens to redevelopment — this group wants to relocate them to city parks

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to better reflect the leadership of residents of various housing communities in making decisions regarding community gardens. Peering into an aqua plastic container that sat atop a folding table, an older woman paused to ask Richard Morris about its contents. “What kind of lettuce is this?” she asked, […]

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Charlottesville Planning Commission unanimously approves Comprehensive Plan update after nearly five years of work; now it goes to City Council for a hearing

Charlottesville Planning Commission chair Lyle Solla-Yates was certain that the biggest news to come out of Charlottesville last week would be the Tuesday evening Planning Commission meeting.After all, the topic of discussion — the update to the city’s Comprehensive Plan — has been in the works for nearly five years. But just before the meeting […]