Dec 02, 2016
The next session of the Virginia General Assembly will convene in just under six weeks and some area legislators told officials this week that uncertain budget times may continue.
“The challenge that we will have is budgetary as you are facing in local governments as well,” said Delegate Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave). “The fact is that state revenues are not...Read more
Dec 01, 2016
Charlottesville City Council heard an earful from citizens Thursday on sidewalks, speeding and more topics at their latest town hall meeting.
“The point of doing this is to put us all in the same room together,” said Mayor Mike Signer, adding that councilors and staff are always present at the events.
The “Our Town” meetings have been held since 2010 to provide...Read more
Dec 01, 2016
Charlottesville High School students next year will have the option to get their hands dirty in an entrepreneurship-focused urban farming elective.
That elective will serve as a prerequisite course for entrepreneurship and innovation, another enterprise-oriented elective joining the school catalog next year.
The two electives, presented to the Charlottesville School Board at its December meeting Thursday, are among a host of new...Read more
Dec 01, 2016
Planning for the reconfiguration of Hydraulic Road’s intersection with U.S. 29 could begin sooner than expected.
“We look forward to the continued progress and movement, specifically with the Hydraulic Road Area Study, in order to keep Virginia moving through the Charlottesville area,” wrote Virginia Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne in a recent letter to local officials.
Money for a study currently is not...Read more
Nov 30, 2016
Three groups in Charlottesville — including City Council — began a conversation Wednesday about how the city’s rules and regulations could be tweaked in order to improve future buildings.
“We’re here tonight to talk about how we can all work together on several substantial projects,” Deputy City Attorney Lisa Robertson said.
Councilors met with the planning commission and the PLACE Design Task...Read more
Nov 30, 2016
President Barack Obama’s former chief domestic policy adviser had a simple message for nonprofits, their donors, business and government Wednesday: For their work to be effective, these sectors must put aside differences, communicate and work toward specific, stated goals.
Melody Barnes, a Richmond resident who currently serves as chair of the Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions, told the crowd at...Read more
Nov 29, 2016
The Charlottesville School Board on Tuesday told the City Council that the division would like a portion of its capital improvement program funds to be dedicated to improvement and modernization projects and said it is having trouble maintaining a strong staff of bus drivers.
At a joint luncheon at CitySpace, the bodies discussed the division’s long- and short-term needs but did...Read more
Nov 27, 2016
Ashton Ryan is, in many ways, a typical 16-year-old. He balances a busy extracurricular schedule — organizing a coat drive, serving on the Charlottesville Youth Council and appearing every month on Rob Schilling’s radio show on WINA — with the demands of school.
But for Ryan, a sophomore at Charlottesville High School, there is another complication thrown in — back and...Read more
Nov 25, 2016
Produce delivery driver Rico Hearns has aspirations far beyond moving vegetables from one place to another.
Hearns, 29, would love to set up his own website as a platform for the artist interviews he does in his spare time and shares on YouTube. Driving a delivery truck isn’t a bad gig, he said, but he’s got something bigger in mind.
Nov 24, 2016
The Albemarle County Planning Commission has been briefed on the latest version of the county’s capital improvement program budget.
“It’s a combination of our five-year plan, which is balanced to revenues, and then another five-year look, which is what we call our capital needs assessment,” said Trevor Henry, the county’s director of facilities and environmental services.
The capital improvement program represents all...Read more
Nov 23, 2016
As more homes continue to be built in Crozet, members of a citizen panel charged with overseeing the master plan want to know how many more people to expect as new neighbors.
“What’s left? What development land is left in Crozet?” asked Dave Stoner, chair of the Crozet Community Advisory Committee.
Various groups have been requesting an inventory of how many people...Read more
Nov 22, 2016
As the price of housing in Charlottesville continues to climb, city officials are weighing several options to ensure that some homes remain affordable for those with lower incomes.
City Council was presented Monday with a list of 35 policy recommendations made by the Housing Advisory Committee (HAC), which has spent the past year reviewing a report made by the firm RCLCO...Read more