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Albemarle seeks to give design advice earlier in development process and calls for reconsideration of relegated parking

The Albemarle Architectural Review Board passed a resolution Monday supporting the addition of an ARB representative to the county’s site review committee in an effort to streamline the development review process. The committee, which contains a representative to assess each aspect of a development project, such as transportation issues, fire and rescue considerations, and engineering, […]

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Activists warn of health risks and environmental danger from chloramines

Local activists opposed to the use of chloramines in the Charlottesville-Albemarle County urban water supply held a “teach-in” Monday to share their concerns about risks to public health and safety. Organizers said they wanted to give the public a comprehensive look at the $5 million water treatment method being recommended by the Rivanna Water & […]

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New soccer fields proposed along Polo Grounds Road

Pat Reilly hopes his patience with Albemarle County’s development review process will pay off when the Planning Commission meets on Tuesday. County staff are recommending approval of a plan to add a four-field soccer complex on Polo Grounds Road. It would give Reilly’s Monticello United Soccer Club its first long-term home for its youth league. […]

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Panorama Farms to begin hosting weddings

An Albemarle County favorite for compost, cross country and camping is moving toward a new cause — marriage. The county’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday to grant Panorama Farms a permit allowing special events such as weddings to be held on the farm. The permit launches a new business for Panorama Farms, owned by […]

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Will growth in Crozet impact Waynesboro retail sector?

8/14/06 * Augusta Free Press [ full story ] A twist to this development tale is that it’s not just the people responsible for community planning in Albemarle County who are going to have to make adjustments to the way they go about doing their jobs. Waynesboro officials are making it a point to keep […]

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‘Albemarle Place’ Edges Toward Reality

8/8/06 * WCAV-TV [ full story & video ] The landscape is starting to take shape in one portion of Albemarle County. Drivers along Hydraulic Road may have noticed a difference. The debris says it all. There is a change on the horizon, and while most people forgot what is supposed to be coming here, […]

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Growth Causing Traffic Concerns

7/27/06 * WCAV [ full story ] From Route 29 to Route 33 there is evidence Greene County is growing. Bulldozers and construction equipment line many parts of the county pushing aside land to build new conveniences. But those conveniences come at a cost. “As you start building larger and larger developments, the additional volume […]

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Concerns Over Growth in Crozet Continues

7/6/06 * WCAV [ full story ] Controversy over growth in Crozet continues tonight as residents there fight to keep the area’s small town appeal. Some Crozet residents are at odds with Albemarle County supervisors. Some county estimates have Crozet’s population jumping 800 percent in distant future and residents just don’t think their town was […]

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Wheeler pushes smart growth

12/20-26/05 * C-ville Weekly [ full story ] “For Average Joe Citizen, trying to read a document from the City or County’s planning department is like trying to read hieroglyphics without the Rosetta Stone. This, says Brian Wheeler, executive director of Charlottesville Tomorrow, is one of the main reasons a community doesn’t complain about development […]