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May 22, 2018
On Monday night, City Council considered whether to establish a land bank corporation, a nonprofit entity that could buy and sell land to increase the number of affordable housing units in Charlottesville. After 40 minutes of presentation and discussion, City Council deferred the decision on the land bank corporation to ...
April 19, 2018
Prior to the start of the 2018 General Assembly session in January, Charlottesville officials agreed to pay $50,000 for lobbyist services. Nearly all of the legislation the contracted firm was hired to support failed. According to city officials, proposed legislation would have given the city authority to remove its ...
April 14, 2018
The Charlottesville City Council will work with City Manager Maurice Jones on a search for the next leader of the city’s legal team. “We don’t have a whole heck of lot of positions that we directly hire,” Councilor Kathy Galvin said at a meeting last week, adding that ...
March 03, 2018
The Charlottesville Planning Commission is set to get more time to complete its state-mandated review of the city’s Comprehensive Plan. The City Council’s consent agenda for Monday includes an item that will extend the amount of time the commission will have to complete its work from June to ...
February 22, 2018
A judge will mull over case law before deciding whether to dismiss a suit against the city of Charlottesville and a law firm that conducted a review of the city’s preparation for and response to white nationalist rallies last summer. Charlottesville firebrand civil rights attorney Jeffrey Fogel filed the ...
February 21, 2018
The Charlottesville City Council has requested more details about the financial value of streets that will be conveyed to the University of Virginia to assist with a redevelopment project. “I’m thinking about some of the work that we need to do in town,” Mayor Nikuyah Walker said at Tuesday ...
December 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 ...
November 15, 2017
After more than a year of study and discussion, the Charlottesville Planning Commission has recommended that the City Council approve an amendment to the city’s zoning code that would change the way building heights are calculated. “It’s been an important issue for a long time but it’s ...
July 17, 2017
The Charlottesville Planning Commission continued this week with their “legal review” of the rules that control the size, shape, placement and use of buildings within the city’s 10.4 square miles. “The easiest way to think of this is as a compilation of anything and everything that the city ...
June 27, 2017
A long-awaited review of Charlottesville’s zoning code is underway, and members of the city’s Planning Commission spent Tuesday evening discussing one specific change. “One topic that council has requested us to come up with in the short term is a definition of how we measure building height,” said ...
June 17, 2017
As Charlottesville citizens and officials review the Comprehensive Plan that guides planning within the city’s borders, many residents want local government to give a higher priority to their needs as growth continues. “We need an advocate for the residents,” said Susie Hoffman, a resident of Augusta Street. “Someone who ...
January 27, 2017
Legislation before the General Assembly would prohibit localities from regulating the installation of certain wireless communications equipment along urban-area streets and highways. HB 2196, introduced by Del. Terry Kilgore, R-Gate City, would make several changes to Virginia code that would restrict cities and counties from passing zoning ordinances to regulate ...
January 12, 2017
As more people choose to live in Charlottesville and more companies launch or expand, officials are reviewing the city’s rules and regulations to try to make sure that development’s impact on existing residents can be mitigated. “Development is going to happen one way or another,” said Planning Commissioner ...
July 14, 2016
The Charlottesville Planning Commission has endorsed revisions to the city’s zoning rules for communications facilities which would allow more microcell antennas to support wireless devices. “Our ordinance hasn’t been updated since 2003 and from 2003 to the present, there have been a lot of changes in federal law ...
February 10, 2016
For the third time in four months, the Charlottesville Planning Commission has recommended adoption of new zoning districts for West Main Street that would lower maximum heights for future buildings. “There’s no new content in what we’ve gotten the third time in what we’ve had the first ...
August 16, 2015
As construction continues on two new buildings on West Main Street, Charlottesville officials continue to review possible changes to the zoning code to reduce the height and massing of future structures. “You’ve gotten really large buildings that people don’t like and they’ve asked you to take a ...
March 11, 2015
Charlottesville Planning Commission supports Kroger’s move The proposed relocation of the Kroger grocery store from Hydraulic Road to the former Giant grocery site in Seminole Square shopping center cleared a procedural hurdle this week. The Charlottesville Planning Commission recommended approval of a critical slopes waiver to allow for the ...
June 15, 2014
Lisa Robertson, Chief Deputy City Attorney, City of Charlottesville Your job title is Chief Deputy City Attorney. What, in your own words, would you say you do? I provide general legal counsel to the City of Charlottesville, its public officials and employees. I work primarily in the areas of zoning ...
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