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‘Stonewall’ Jackson statue is heading to California to become the centerpiece of a historically contextualizing art exhibit

While Charlottesville’s monument of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee is set to be melted down and transformed into new local art, Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson will be sent to California.  At its Monday meeting, Charlottesville City Council voted for LAXART, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit arts organization, to take the bronze relic. The organization plans to […]

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Now that the city has a new land use map, it’s time for the massive rezoning process to begin

Monday night, Charlottesville City Council voted unanimously to adopt a new Comprehensive Plan. The vote was a major milestone nearly five years in the making. But the work is not over. “The real work is in implementation,” said public housing resident and tenants’ rights advocate Joy Johnson during Monday’s public comment period. “That’s where the […]

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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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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 […]

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From this long-neglected cemetery in the heart of Charlottesville, a handful of volunteers are unearthing stories of Charlottesville’s Black forebears

Robert King walked thoughtfully across the grass, his leather loafers making little sound as he headed toward a place he knew well.“ Look at this, come over here,” said King, who has walked this path many times, first as a boy with his father, and most recently in his work with the Preservers of the […]

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These are the lingering issues decision makers say they want to resolve before they approve the Future Land Use Map

Tuesday’s five-hour Charlottesville planning commission work session on the Future Land Use Map ended with both planning commissioners and city councilors agreeing on a general consensus: We’re getting there. But there’s still work to do. The comprehensive plan update has been a yearslong process, one that is years overdue, city councilor Michael Payne pointed out […]