Sean Tubbs

I am Sean Tubbs, a journalist in the Charlottesville region and founder of Town Crier Productions. This site is Information Charlottesville, an archive of articles written in the past few years. Many of them originally were posted as part of Charlottesville Community Engagement, my newsletter and podcast.

Planning Commission recommends approval of permit for larger building at 1709 JPA

If City Council approves a new Development Code later this year, the land use process will be very different. There will no longer be public hearings for special use permits for additional height and density, though they’ll remain for requests to have some commercial uses in residential neighborhoods. There are still special use permit requests…

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Albemarle and Charlottesville launch new effort on joint climate action work

Both Albemarle County and Charlottesville have individual climate action plans that have been approved in recent years. Today the two localities have launched Resilient Together, a new initiative to indicate how the two localities work together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for climate mitigation.  “Locally, we are experiencing longer, hotter heat waves, more destructive…

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New dashboard tracks spending from federal infrastructure program

It is now 22 months to the day that President Joe Biden signed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law which is intended to fund projects across the entire nation. Since then, localities in Virginia’s Fifth Congressional District have been awarded $19.2 million for projects.  That’s according to an interactive database and map unveiled by the National League…

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Charlottesville police considering use of license plate recognition system

The Charlottesville Police Department has set up an email address to take questions from community members who want to know more about a new tool that the department is considering using.   “With the association between our stolen vehicles, shots fired calls, and homicides, we have identified the FLOCK License Plate Recognition (LPR) system as a…

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Charlottesville PC reaffirms their comp plan stance on 0 East High Street

The appointed body that advises Charlottesville City Council on planning matters has adopted a resolution stating more clearly why they do not feel that two public roads proposed as part of a riverfront development are consistent with the Comprehensive Plan.  If this sounds familiar, the Planning Commission held a public hearing last month to determine whether the…

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