Monthly Archives: April 2023

Council seeks more information on Regional Hazard Mitigation plan before approval

Staff at the Thomas Jefferson Planning District have spent the past year and a half updating a document that is intended to inform the local government’s preparation and response to natural disasters. 

“All of the localities in the TJPDC as well as the incorporated towns currently have an adopted hazard mitigation plan from 2018 so this plan gets updated every five years,” said Ian Baxter, a planner with the TJPDC. (review the plan)

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Council approves new lease for SOCA to rent Unity Field

The city of Charlottesville continues to upgrade the way it rents out city properties and this week Council approved a new lease for a nonprofit to use an athletic field on the north side of town. 

“It is a lease for the use of approximately 1.8 acres of city parkland for the purpose of conducting youth recreational sports activities,” said Brenda Kelley with Charlottesville’s Office of Community Solutions. 

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Proposed UVA capital plan includes $7 million for second-year housing initiative

The University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors meets four times a year with the most recent event having taken place the first week of March. The Buildings and Grounds Committee were presented with changes to the major capital plan for 2023. 

“We revise the capital plan every year,” said Colette Sheehy, Senior Vice President for Operations and State Government Relations. “We start out with this meeting as a conversation, a discussion, questions, anything.” 

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Albemarle County opens up waiting list for housing vouchers

Community members who would like to apply for a chance to receive a housing voucher offered by Albemarle County’s Department of Social Services have until next Thursday to do so. Waiting lists are open for housing choices vouchers, Treesdale Park, Crozet Meadows, and Scottsville School Apartments. 

“Once the application period closes, a fixed number of completed applications will be randomly selected and those applicants will be placed into available spots,” reads a press release that was sent out this afternoon. 

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Home Depot submits plans for new retail center

Plus: Dunkin Donuts / Baskin Robbins coming to former Burger King on Pantops

Home Depot has filed plans with Albemarle County to demolish the building that formerly held a Sears store and replace it with a new retail store and garden center. The company purchased that property and much of the rest of Fashion Square Mall last year for $1.762 million. 

The use is by-right under the existing commercial zoning, but the Architectural Review Board must issue a Certificate of Appropriateness for it is within one of the county’s entrance corridors. 

Architects and engineers with the firm Kimley Horn have put together a site plan for a 134,262 square foot building that also shows the reconfiguration of parking spaces on the site. 

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