Monthly Archives: April 2023

February 2023 Property transactions: Former Fox’s Café site sells for $1.4M; Seven Development buys property for planned 77-unit riverfront development

In the 26 months since I began writing up these summaries of property transactions in Charlottesville, this is one with the lowest volume to date and thus the shortest entry. I go through each sale in order to better understand what’s happening in land use and development. 

Sales volumes may be down, but my time capacity has also been down recently, so I’m a little late on getting this out. I’m also a little behind in writing about the Cville Plans Together initiative but I need to get this done before I can get to that. I hope to have a story on that out by Tuesday. Each parcel does list what the new zoning is currently expected for each property.

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Details of second module of Charlottesville’s new zoning code unveiled at work session

On March 29, 2023, Charlottesville City Council met with the Planning Commission for a three-hour work session on the rewrite of the city’s zoning code. This is the third leg of the Cville Plans Together initiative, a wide-ranging effort to make it easier to build housing in Charlottesville.  

The first leg was the adoption of an Affordable Housing Plan in March 2021 that among other things morally commits City Council to spend at least $10 million a year toward building more subsidized housing.  (download the plan)

The second was the adoption of a Comprehensive Plan that placed increased residential density across the entire city as a top priority. That included a Future Land Use Map that signaled that all properties could have at least three residential units on them. (download the plan)

This year the details are being finalized on changes to the zoning code to describe how that additional density would be implemented. A first module was released in early February and the second was released on March 29, a little later than originally expected. (read my story on the first module)

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