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Just this week –
State rail plan includes proposal for passenger service through Charlottesville (Daily Progress’ related editorial) – “Despite the obvious need for better mass transportation, taxpayers and legislators still are uncertain about how much public money should go to rail. “
â€œOne could argue that this is an appropriate place for increased density,â€ Walden wrote, citing the project’s proximity to the University and the South Lawn project. â€œA large portion of this site is currently a parking lot; therefore this development will be a significant improvement to the Jefferson Park Avenue Corridor,â€ Walden wrote. â€œThe proposed density and scale of development are not out of character with new development along this corridor.â€
…In order to mitigate the traffic impacts, the applicant had offered to provide bikes for the Inn’s guests, reduce rent for residents who choose not to own a car, as well as a dedicated car to be used in a sharing program. The applicant has also offered to provide valets to park cars so that guests do not travel down Gildersleeve Wood neighborhood. Walden said she was not sure how enforceable these mitigation steps would be, but staff’s recommendation for approval of the special use permit was conditional on their implementation.
There is a tremendous amount of information out there to be digested and processed. If more citizens participated in these conversations – on- and off-line – we would all likely be better off.
*My alma mater, Class of ’94