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September 30, 2017
The rustic Old Mills Trail on the Albemarle side of the Rivanna River served as the stage Saturday for artists and musicians who took part in a festival designed to spur a new appreciation of the waterway. “We’re hopeful that we can bring about an exposure of the river ...
July 18, 2017
The wishes of a few dozen wary homeowners in the Woolen Mills neighborhood could be rebuffed by the City Council next month following the first reading of an ordinance Monday that could put new regulations on about 85 properties in the historic village. Although a majority of polled residents last ...
June 25, 2017
Some residents of Charlottesville’s Woolen Mills neighborhood have soured on the idea of a historic conservation district, according to a recent poll. A year after a majority of residents responded positively to a neighborhood poll asking whether they would support the creation of a conservation district in their part ...
May 08, 2017
As Charlottesville begins a review of its Comprehensive Plan, members of the Planning Commission want residents to take an interest and get involved. “The city will change and grow, and the community must have opportunities to be heard on how that growth will occur and how it will be managed ...
April 28, 2017
As Albemarle County and Charlottesville continue to plan ways to focus more attention on the Rivanna River, one company has begun a second season supplying kayaks, paddleboards and other ways for people to experience the waterway. “Last year we were just juggling and figuring out a new thing,” said Gabe ...
October 25, 2016
The Albemarle and Charlottesville planning commissions had the opportunity Tuesday for a joint discussion on a redevelopment project that could help the two communities realize a goal of improving the area’s connections with the Rivanna River. Developer Brian Roy is seeking a rezoning that will allow for an adaptive ...
August 28, 2016
The Charlottesville Planning Commission has recommended that the Cherry Avenue corridor be selected for a small-area plan to help its neighborhoods cope with looming development. “I agree with Cherry Avenue being the higher priority … not only because of the pressures, but combined with the derelict buildings and open lots that ...
June 25, 2015
Charlottesville Planning Commission members had a rare chance this week to weigh in on an action pending before their counterparts in Albemarle County. “This is the first instance of us [jointly] talking about a county project that has a direct effect on a city neighborhood and other city resources,” said ...
March 12, 2015
Incumbent Kathy Galvin is the latest Charlottesville Democrat to announce a run for one of the party’s three nominations for the City Council. “I have pushed to make our streets safer and get our sidewalks protected, comfortable and connected,” Galvin said. “But we’re not there yet.” Galvin joins ...
December 14, 2014
Several attendees of a workshop held to gather the public’s ideas on improving Charlottesville’s street network called on city officials to demonstrate whether they can begin to implement some of them. “There’s a concern that while we want things to be thought through holistically, we also are ...
October 04, 2013
The future of the city’s Woolen Mills neighborhood took center stage Thursday at the latest Charlottesville City Council town hall meeting. “People have been living in this neighborhood for thousands of years,” said Bill Emory, a community activist and former planning commissioner. “But often we are in the center ...
January 18, 2013
Challenged to re-imagine the Rivanna River corridor, students have proposed multiple pedestrian bridges fashioned from timber and stone, temporal pools in the riparian corridor, tree houses and even an aquarium. These are all ideas from the Rivanna River Vortex, sparked by architect Adriaan Geuze’s Monday lecture, Reframed, which encouraged ...
July 28, 2012
As Charlottesville updates its Comprehensive Plan to guide future land use decisions, members of the Woolen Mills neighborhood are hoping they can persuade the city to ensure industrial parcels are redeveloped in a way that does not threaten their quality of life. “It just seems like the best use of ...
June 10, 2012
At a joint planning meeting last week, members of Charlottesville’s City Council and Planning Commission found themselves tasked with a staff-designed planning exercise. With the group spread out among three tables, poster-sized black-and-white city maps beckoned colored pencils. City planners Brian Haluska and Missy Creasy asked the officials to ...