Dec 12, 2017
The Charlottesville Planning Commission voted 5-1 Tuesday to recommend additional residential density for the West2nd mixed-use project on Water Street, but declined to support new designs that have been submitted for the L-shaped building.
Commissioners said there were too many unanswered questions about affordable housing and other issues to recommend approval of developer Keith Woodard’s full request.
“I feel like there are...Read more
Dec 10, 2017
As Charlottesville considers building new school facilities to accommodate future population growth, the school division’s policy of accepting students from outside the city has come under more scrutiny.
This year, 294 non-resident students attend Charlottesville public schools, including 88 tuition-exempt students whose parents work for the school division or the city. Non-resident students make up about 7 percent of the division’s...Read more
Dec 09, 2017
Members of an advisory panel charged with recommending infrastructure projects for one Charlottesville neighborhood have turned to citizen-built technology to challenge the city’s denial of a traffic-calming project at the intersection of 10th and Page streets.
“I’ve been a resident on 10th Street for 36 years and my experience with speeding is that it’s a continuous thing,” said James Bryant. “It’s...Read more
Dec 08, 2017
Students at Western Albemarle High School recently built a fully functioning tiny house — a 276-square-foot home designed for an individual or a couple.
Last week, third-grade classes from Hollymead Elementary School squeezed inside to get inspiration for an even tinier building project.
The Hollymead students are working in groups to build scale models of tiny houses. After drawing a blueprint on...Read more
Dec 08, 2017
The Charlottesville School Board passed a resolution honoring outgoing member Ned Michie at his last regular meeting Thursday.
“My favorite people are people who go out and do what needs to be done,” said School Board member Sherry Kraft. “He doesn’t toot his own horn.”
Michie, an attorney, was appointed to the School Board by the Charlottesville City Council in...Read more
Dec 07, 2017
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors heard the latest details Wednesday about an enhanced water resources protection program that would be paid for by a fee levied on county property owners.
“This really started back in 2014 with the identification of new mandates that would cost us more money to implement, as well as a recognition that there’s a lot of...Read more
Dec 07, 2017
The Albemarle County Planning Commission voted 3-2 to recommend denial of a request to allow Legacy Markets on U.S. 250 west of Crozet to operate its fuel pumps 24 hours a day.
The convenience store known in planning documents as Re-Store’N Station has a controversial history in the community.
“Our primary fear is this will become less of a service station and...Read more
Dec 06, 2017
MONTPELIER STATION – Albemarle County high school students are engaging with historians at Montpelier this week to learn more about the function of monuments and memorials in society— including their influence on recent violence and racial strife in Charlottesville.
The student symposium at the historic home of James Madison is part of Albemarle County’s Let ‘Em Shine project, in which students...Read more
Dec 05, 2017
A new nonprofit is taking University of Virginia undergraduates far off-Grounds to help Albemarle County students prepare for college.
Rise Together, led by UVa third-year student Bryan Christ and his mother, Gina, has brought dozens of UVa students to AVID classes at Western Albemarle High School and Walton Middle School for its mentoring program.
“We are teaching the UVa students as much...Read more
Dec 05, 2017
The Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association has told county officials that they believe Virginia law requires voters to decide if the Albemarle Circuit Court should be moved from its current location.
“The County is likely prohibited by law from relocating the Circuit Court without a referendum,” Bruce Williamson, chairman of the bar association’s courts location committee, wrote in a letter this week to...Read more
Dec 04, 2017
The Charlottesville City Council took its first look Monday at a year-end surplus created by higher-than-expected tax collections as well as a wave of retirements by city employees.
“The city’s general fund ended fiscal year 2017 with a positive surplus of $8.94 million,” said Christopher Cullinan, the city’s director of finance.
That amount represents 5.2 percent of the city’s adopted budget of...Read more
Dec 03, 2017
As Albemarle officials continue to work toward a decision on whether to move the county’s courts outside of downtown Charlottesville, one item currently not under consideration is the city’s offer to create more parking spaces.
Jody Saunders, Albemarle’s communications coordinator, said supervisors directed county staff to “pause” negotiations with the city in November 2016.
“We have not been in communication with the...Read more