By Julia Glendening & Sean Tubbs
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Over the past several years, there has been a concerted effort to increase population density in Charlottesville while also maintaining the City’s green space. As part of the “Urban Places, Rural Spaces” exhibit at the Charlottesville Community Design Center, on May 27, 2009 Jim Tolbert of the City’s
Department of Neighborhood Development Services
gave a talk entitled “How Our Creative City is Growing Smarter.”
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Tolbert’s lecture described the evolution of community planning and explained how his department, the
City Planning Commission
and the community will determine the next steps for developing Charlottesville. He explained some of the community ideals that factor into decisions reached by the Planning Commission with staff guidance.
“Mixed use development, economic opportunity, housing, strong neighborhoods, neighborhoods that would be self sufficient and mixed, accessibility, public transportation, and trees, parking, green space,’ Tolbert said. “Those were the things that we felt should guide us.”
Common themes were the ability to link areas to downtown Charlottesville, increasing the density of housing in the downtown area, and continuing mixed-use development. During his talk, Tolbert detailed actions staff has taken to implement these goals.
Tolbert also commented on the effectiveness of these strategies. He believes that Charlottesville now has “a mall that is healthier” because it features a mix of uses in one location. He ended his talk by listing two challenges he feels need to be addressed: making Charlottesville more urban; and reducing pressure from University students on local housing and traffic.
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