Local elections matter. 5,186 people voted in 2011; that’s not many people. The three candidates for the Rivanna District have had the audio and video from their interviews posted. Charlottesville Tomorrow is holding their Rivanna…
AirBnB remains a constant source of income for some, convenience for many, and challenges for adjacent homeowners in some instances. The real challenge may lie with governments’ attempts to regulate AirBnB. I was listening to…
Albemarle County is seeking to raise real estate taxes and the City may be looking to do the same next year. The Albemarle Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to advertise a real estate tax rate…
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The Comprehensive Plan is Albemarle County’s most important document regarding growth, development and change. It establishes government policy to help guide public and private activities as they relate to land use and resource utilization. What general thoughts would you like to share about the Comprehensive Plan as it is being reviewed by the Board of Supervisors this summer and fall?
Better to express your opinion now in the hopes the Comp Plan can be altered than complain about the decisions that have already been made.
What would be helpful would be if the County would identify which specific parts of the Comp Plan are, or are likely to be, up for debate/discussion – in the Housing section, for example (pdf).
One decades-old question was answered with a resounding no.
“A bypass is not something we would consider,” Norfolk-based consultant Philip A. Shucet, the head of the advisory panel and former commissioner of the Virginia Department of Transportation, told the board.
Nearly two years after officials awarded a contract for the bypass, and after $54 million was spent on the project, the planned 6.2-mile road has become a footnote.
The transportation board, a 17-member panel of gubernatorial appointees that presides over Virginiaâ€™s transportation system, will determine what happens to unspent money from a project state officials had valued at more than $244 million.
If nothing else, this seems to remove the uncertainty from the conversation about the Western Bypass. We can return now to our discussions about the woes of traffic on 29 North and how the CharlAlbemarle area is woefully incapable of understanding the issues and equally incapable of implementing solutions. Such is life.
Rather than go into the history of the Western Bypass (it goes on for decades), discuss the various regional influences (Lynchburg is key), the various local players (broadly it’s growth vs no-growth) and whether VDOT is going to sell the houses it bought many years ago (it should if the Bypass is truly dead) or even whether the Western Bypass was the right route (it wasn’t but that’s because it’s a 30+ year old design, designed well before massive growth on 29 North) – start looking at background at Charlottesville Tomorrow.
There is a fundamental disagreement over what, exactly, U.S. 29 is. Is it a major north-south transportation corridor with the goal of providing relatively unimpeded traffic flow to through traffic along its 1,000-mile path or is it, in Charlottesville and Albemarle County, a local retail strip? It can’t be both. …
Charlottesville and Albemarle, however, still persist in their silly, outdated belief that U.S. 29 is really just “Emmett Street,” the local retail strip, and has no connection to the rest of the state. That’s evident in Albemarle’s “plan” to address improvements on Emmett Street: a silly, utopian Places29 with overpasses ” built where major retail centers now sit” for through traffic, pedestrian-friendly amenities and added lanes for traffic.
I think they’re right. If the bypass is truly dead, what’s the solution?
Short story – a new solution needs to be implemented. One would assume it would need to be agreed upon first, so let’s accept that the segmentation of the Charlottesville – Albemarle region will continue. Not that that’s a bad thing, it just is. (more)
I’m thinking we will need to wait for Elon Musk’s hyper loop.
Assessments are up. So might be the mil rate.
Recommended budget value: $349.3 million
Increase over current year: 8.3 percent ($26.8 million)
Proposed real estate tax rate: 80.8 cents/$100 assessed value
Current rate: 76.6 cents/$100 assessed value
Impact: The annual tax bill on a property assessed at $300,000 would increase from $2,298 to $2,424 at the proposed rate.
Proposed raises: 2 percent for county staff
So â€¦ the tax rate cannot go higher than 80.8 cents/$100 assessed value. And it could stay at 76.6 cents. Of the proposed 4.2 cent increase, nearly half of that would be dedicated to the Albemarle County schools. This should be an interesting debate.
If youâ€™re curious to learn even more about the Albemarle County budget, the County has a lot of information on their site.