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Public hearing on Emmet Streetscape set for Tuesday

In 2021, Charlottesville officials expect work on transforming the Emmet Street corridor between Ivy Road and Arlington Boulevard to begin. Before the final design process is conducted later this year, the conceptual plan is headed to the Planning Commission on Tuesday for a public hearing on its compatibility with the city’s Comprehensive Plan. The state […]

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RSWA lowers tipping fees at Ivy MUC

The cost of dumping some types of waste at the Ivy Material Utilization Center will be lower in January. The Rivanna Solid Waste Authority has approved the reduction of tipping fees to bring them in line with surrounding localities. The rate for domestic municipal solid waste and construction and demolition debris on Jan. 1 will […]

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First phase of Rivanna plan released

The first step of an eventual master plan for the riverfront in Charlottesville and Albemarle County has come to fruition. The initial phase of the Rivanna Corridor Study, facilitated by the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, has a goal of making the river a center of economic development, recreation and cooperation between the city and […]

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City Planning Commission gets look at proposed $35.3M CIP

If approved, about $10.3 million in housing projects, $9.8 million in transportation and access initiatives and $6.9 million for public safety will be funded in Charlottesville’s Capital Improvement Program for fiscal year 2020. The entire $35.3 million plan marks a 51 percent increase over the adopted amount in the current fiscal year. Earlier this month, […]

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City Planning Commission recommends rejecting Hogwaller Farm plan

The Charlottesville Planning Commission expressed frustration at times during deliberations leading to split decisions to deny the rezoning and a special-use permit for the proposed Hogwaller Farm development. Justin Shimp, of Shimp Engineering, has brought the application for the development, which straddles the Charlottesville-Albemarle County line, before commissioners on several occasions throughout the year. “Specifically, […]

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UPDATE: Lime scooters, bikes arrive in city

While Charlottesville pilots regulations for bike- and scooter-sharing, one company has been chosen to begin operations. Lime, a California-based company, presented its electric scooters and electric-assist bicycles to city officials and members of the public on Nov. 29, approximately two weeks after submitting its permit application. The permit was approved Friday, and the bikes and […]

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Council divided on Carlton Views, sets aside majority of surplus for affordable housing

Charlottesville is trying to balance competing priorities to serve its low-income population. On Monday, the City Council discussed a private developer’s application to build more affordable housing at the Carlton Views apartment complex in Belmont. Several members of the public spoke about the development, including one resident of the site. “I’m a cancer patient, and […]

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City schools home in on equity goals at second forum

Overhauling gifted education and developing a more diverse teaching staff were among the priorities of stakeholders who attended Charlottesville City Schools’ community forum on equity Tuesday night. At the forum, ideas generated by discussion groups at the first community forum in October and a separate forum for school staff were displayed on four posters in […]

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Taking a stand on mall trees’ future

One tree on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall is showing its fall foliage for the final time. The sound of birds in its branches and acorns hitting the brick pavers in front of the Omni Charlottesville Hotel soon will be replaced with the buzzing of chainsaws — and a pile of sawdust. The 18-inch diameter willow oak, […]