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October 28, 2005

RWSA Public Outreach Meeting 10-27-05

20051027rwsaThe Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority held a public outreach meeting on October 27, 2005 to present information on the water supply options under review and to get additional public feedback.  Charlottesville Tomorrow will be updating our assessment of the water supply plans based on this meeting.  Meanwhile, we are sharing an audio Podcast of the meeting as well as a copy of the RWSA PowerPoint presentation.  Brian Wheeler

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October 27, 2005

Ruckersville Parkway: Our Interview with Mitch Van Yahres

Ruckersville_parkway This past August, news leaked out that retiring Delegate Mitch Van Yahres was backing a new road project called the Ruckersville Parkway to alleviate congestion on Route 29 North.  Since then, the 16.5 mile road has shifted locations on the map and the design has been revised significantly.  While Charlottesville Tomorrow does not have a position for or against this road project, it is an option that will be discussed as part of the Places29 master planning process.  As a result, we are providing the public with an updated map and the audio (Podcast link below) of our recent interview with Mitch Van Yahres.  Brian Wheeler

The Ruckersville Parkway
The Ruckersville Parkway has been recommended by a small group of local citizens, including Delegate Mitch Van Yahres, architect Gary Okerlund, and former deputy city manager Bern Ewert. The Ruckersville Parkway is intended to reduce traffic on 29 by providing a two-lane, 35mph, truck-free alternative to a Western Route 29 bypass. The proposed design (as of October 2005) runs over portions of the previous Western 29 bypass route (some of the land already acquired by VDOT), starting at the new North Grounds connector on the 29/250 bypass, and ends North of Ruckersville in Greene County.  The parkway has nine intersections with other roads, which will all be roundabouts, and it would support pedestrian and bicycle traffic.  The project is being pitched to local elected officials and the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) in the hopes some planning funds can be allocated to further study of the proposal.

Charlottesville Tomorrow's Lyle Solla-Yates interviewed Delegate Van Yahres about the Ruckersville Parkway at his offices on October 5, 2005.

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October 24, 2005

RWSA Board Meeting Podcast 10-24-05

Podcast of Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors of Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority, October 24, 2005.

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0:00-0:13 -- 1. CALL TO ORDER
0:13-0:32 -- 2. MINUTES OF PREVIOUS BOARD MEETING
0:32-5:28 -- 3. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Thomas Frederick, Executive Director, RWSA, included in his report remarks on a November meeting of the State Water Control Board and the October 27, 2005 public meeting on the local water supply plan.  The State Water Control Board Meeting issue relates to new waste water nutrient allocations that may be imposed on treatment facilities like Moores Creek in an effort to clean up the Chesapeake Bay watershed to the point the Bay can be removed from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s list of impaired waters by 2010.

"I did in my report include as information to the Board that the State Water Control Board has scheduled a special meeting on November 21st, that is before this board meets again... and we anticipate that the board may consider and may vote on the wasteload allocations for the James River we have been talking about.  I do not know as of this moment what DEQ's recommendations to the board will be..."

Next, on the water supply plan, Charlottesville Tomorrow has been encouraging participation in the public meeting this week and Mr. Frederick gave a brief preview.

"Finally... I would like to mention for the benefit of the public and everyone here that we do have a public outreach meeting scheduled this Thursday night at 6:30, staff will be available an hour earlier at 5:30 at Monticello High School.  We will be talking about the new Ragged Mountain Alternative [aka Charlottesville Pipeline] for the water supply plan at that meeting. We will have some updated information on cost estimates and we'll be talking about possible, really two alternative pipeline routes between South Fork Reservoir and Ragged Mountain Reservoir. The agenda, and the PowerPoint presentation for Thursday night has just been approved and... we hope to have that on the website by the end of the day today or, if not,  by the first thing tomorrow so the public can preview the information in advance."

05:28-05:46 -- 4. ITEMS FROM THE PUBLIC
05:46-06:10 -- 5. CONSENT AGENDA
                  -- 6. OTHER BUSINESS
06:10-10:56 --   a) Series 2005A Bond, State Revolving Loan Fund
10:56-59:25 --   b) Series 2005B Bond Issue
59:25-59:45 -- 7. OTHER ITEMS FROM BOARD/STAFF NOT ON AGENDA
59:45-1:00:02 -- ADJOURNMENT

October 23, 2005

Candidate Interview: Christian Schoenewald (Jack Jouett District)

As part of Charlottesville Tomorrow's coverage of the 2005 County Board of Supervisor Elections, we interviewed each candidate to discuss topics related to quality growth and development.  Each candidate was asked the same 16 questions, only some of which were provided in advance.

Excerpts from these interviews will be included in our upcoming Voter Guide.  In the meantime, we are publishing the complete audio files and transcripts.  This will be as close to a fireside chat as you can get with the candidates before election day!  If you get to vote in a competitive race, these interviews may have just the information you need to help you make an informed vote.

Brian Wheeler

** Complete Election Coverage on Charlottesville Tomorrow's Website **

Schoenewald_christian Candidate: Christian Schoenewald (R), Jack Jouett District

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  • 00:00 – 01:21 Introduction by Brian Wheeler
  • 01:21 – 02:07 #1— Please describe your past political experience.
  • 02:07 – 03:09 #2— What makes you better qualified than your opponent?
  • 03:09 – 04:54 #3— What do you think is the best water supply source to meet the community’s needs? Would you support a pipeline to the James River?
  • 04:54 – 8:26 #4— Do you support the Rural Areas portion of the Comprehensive Plan? What new zoning ordinance strategies will protect the Rural Areas?
  • 8:26 – 13:43 #5— Consider the growth we see in Northern Virginia.  What mistakes have local governments made there and, if you are elected, what will you do differently here?
  • 13:43 – 20:03 #6— Goals of the “Neighborhood Model” form of development, a form intended for the County’s population centers, include interconnected neighborhoods and more compact, walkable communities with a mix of housing types that allow a larger population to live, work and shop in a smaller area. Do you support these goals of the Neighborhood Model for new development? 
  • 20:03 – 25:53 #7— One example of a significant Neighborhood Model project is Old Trail Village.  Do you think Old Trail will be quality growth for Crozet and Charlottesville-Albemarle? Will it provide affordable living choices and how will they remain affordable?
  • 25:53 – 29:20 #8— Our designated growth areas tell developers where we want them to build.  Should we also tell developers through zoning what form we want that development to take?  Why or why not?
  • 29:20 – 31:44 #9— What types of incentives should exist for developers to build in our designated growth areas?  Can you name some specific regulatory or financial examples? Should the development be required to conform with the Neighborhood Model?
  • 31:44 – 35:36 #10— Do you support construction of a Western US 29 bypass around Charlottesville on the currently proposed route or some other route?  Please explain why or why not and where another route might go.
  • 35:36 – 38:35 #11— Please describe any other transportation projects on the Route 29 North corridor that you would support to reduce congestion.
  • 38:35 – 41:05 #12— What are your overall transportation priorities?
  • 41:05 – 43:34 #13— What is your top priority for action by the Board of Supervisors if you are elected?
  • 43:34 – 46:44 #14— What are the greatest challenges facing the Albemarle County Planning Commission and what type of person will you nominate for a position on the Commission?
  • 46:44 – 49:48 #15— Do we have appropriate resources in County government to achieve the objectives in our comprehensive plan?  In what way, if any, do we need to make changes?  What impact will your recommendations have on staffing and the annual budget?
  • 49:48 – 49:56 #16— Have you received any endorsements yet that you would like to make the public aware of?

Candidate Interview: Dennis Rooker (Jack Jouett District)

As part of Charlottesville Tomorrow's coverage of the 2005 County Board of Supervisor Elections, we interviewed each candidate to discuss topics related to quality growth and development.  Each candidate was asked the same 16 questions, only some of which were provided in advance.

Excerpts from these interviews will be included in our upcoming Voter Guide.  In the meantime, we are publishing the complete audio files and transcripts.  This will be as close to a fireside chat as you can get with the candidates before election day!  If you get to vote in a competitive race, these interviews may have just the information you need to help you make an informed vote.

Brian Wheeler

** Complete Election Coverage on Charlottesville Tomorrow's Website **

Rooker_dennis Candidate: Dennis Rooker (I), Jack Jouett District

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  • 00:00 – 01:27 Introduction by Brian Wheeler
  • 01:27 – 02:20 #1— Please describe your past political experience.
  • 02:20 – 03:21 #2— What makes you better qualified than your opponent?
  • 03:21 – 09:40 #3— What do you think is the best water supply source to meet the community’s needs? Would you support a pipeline to the James River?
  • 09:40 – 12:40 #4— Do you support the Rural Areas portion of the Comprehensive Plan? What new zoning ordinance strategies will protect the Rural Areas?
  • 12:40 – 17:04 #5— Consider the growth we see in Northern Virginia.  What mistakes have local governments made there and, if you are elected, what will you do differently here?
  • 17:04 – 19:31 #6— Goals of the “Neighborhood Model” form of development, a form intended for the County’s population centers, include interconnected neighborhoods and more compact, walkable communities with a mix of housing types that allow a larger population to live, work and shop in a smaller area. Do you support these goals of the Neighborhood Model for new development? 
  • 19:31 – 24:06 #7— One example of a significant Neighborhood Model project is Old Trail Village.  Do you think Old Trail will be quality growth for Crozet and Charlottesville-Albemarle? Will it provide affordable living choices and how will they remain affordable?
  • 24:06 – 26:05 #8— Our designated growth areas tell developers where we want them to build.  Should we also tell developers through zoning what form we want that development to take?  Why or why not?
  • 26:05 – 28:03 #9— What types of incentives should exist for developers to build in our designated growth areas?  Can you name some specific regulatory or financial examples? Should the development be required to conform with the Neighborhood Model?
  • 28:03 – 33:12 #10— Do you support construction of a Western US 29 bypass around Charlottesville on the currently proposed route or some other route?  Please explain why or why not and where another route might go.
  • 33:12 – 41:00 #11— Please describe any other transportation projects on the Route 29 North corridor that you would support to reduce congestion.
  • 41:00 – 46:22 #12— What are your overall transportation priorities?
  • 46:22 – 51:26 #13— What is your top priority for action by the Board of Supervisors if you are elected?
  • 51:26 – 52:54 #14— What are the greatest challenges facing the Albemarle County Planning Commission and what type of person will you nominate for a position on the Commission?
  • 52:54 – 57:13 #15— Do we have appropriate resources in County government to achieve the objectives in our comprehensive plan?  In what way, if any, do we need to make changes?  What impact will your recommendations have on staffing and the annual budget?
  • 57:13 – 57:39 #16— Have you received any endorsements yet that you would like to make the public aware of?

Candidate Interview: David Slutzky (Rio District)

As part of Charlottesville Tomorrow's coverage of the 2005 County Board of Supervisor Elections, we interviewed each candidate to discuss topics related to quality growth and development.  Each candidate was asked the same 16 questions, only some of which were provided in advance.

Excerpts from these interviews will be included in our upcoming Voter Guide.  In the meantime, we are publishing the complete audio files and transcripts.  This will be as close to a fireside chat as you can get with the candidates before election day!  If you get to vote in a competitive race, these interviews may have just the information you need to help you make an informed vote.

Brian Wheeler

** Complete Election Coverage on Charlottesville Tomorrow's Website **

Slutzky_david Candidate: David Slutzky (D), Rio District

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  • 00:00 – 01:23 Introduction by Brian Wheeler
  • 01:23 – 02:10 #1— Please describe your past political experience.
  • 02:10 – 03:08 #2— What makes you better qualified than your opponents?
  • 03:08 – 04:26 #3— What do you think is the best water supply source to meet the community’s needs? Would you support a pipeline to the James River?
  • 04:26 – 06:12 #4— Do you support the Rural Areas portion of the Comprehensive Plan? What new zoning ordinance strategies will protect the Rural Areas?
  • 06:12 – 07:25 #5— Consider the growth we see in Northern Virginia.  What mistakes have local governments made there and, if you are elected, what will you do differently here?
  • 07:25 – 09:58 #6— Goals of the “Neighborhood Model” form of development, a form intended for the County’s population centers, include interconnected neighborhoods and more compact, walkable communities with a mix of housing types that allow a larger population to live, work and shop in a smaller area. Do you support these goals of the Neighborhood Model for new development? 
  • 09:58 – 11:40 #7— One example of a significant Neighborhood Model project is Old Trail Village.  Do you think Old Trail will be quality growth for Crozet and Charlottesville-Albemarle? Will it provide affordable living choices and how will they remain affordable?
  • 11:40 – 13:14 #8— Our designated growth areas tell developers where we want them to build.  Should we also tell developers through zoning what form we want that development to take?  Why or why not?
  • 13:14 – 14:48 #9— What types of incentives should exist for developers to build in our designated growth areas?  Can you name some specific regulatory or financial examples? Should the development be required to conform with the Neighborhood Model?
  • 14:48 – 16:22 #10— Do you support construction of a Western US 29 bypass around Charlottesville on the currently proposed route or some other route?  Please explain why or why not and where another route might go.
  • 16:22 – 18:55 #11— Please describe any other transportation projects on the Route 29 North corridor that you would support to reduce congestion.
  • 18:55 – 20:13 #12— What are your overall transportation priorities?
  • 20:13 – 20:49 #13— What is your top priority for action by the Board of Supervisors if you are elected?
  • 20:49 – 21:39 #14— What are the greatest challenges facing the Albemarle County Planning Commission and what type of person will you nominate for a position on the Commission?
  • 21:39 – 23:16 #15— Do we have appropriate resources in County government to achieve the objectives in our comprehensive plan?  In what way, if any, do we need to make changes?  What impact will your recommendations have on staffing and the annual budget?
  • 23:16 – 24:39 #16— Have you received any endorsements yet that you would like to make the public aware of?

Candidate Interview: Thomas Jakubowski (Rio District)

As part of Charlottesville Tomorrow's coverage of the 2005 County Board of Supervisor Elections, we interviewed each candidate to discuss topics related to quality growth and development.  Each candidate was asked the same 16 questions, only some of which were provided in advance.

Excerpts from these interviews will be included in our upcoming Voter Guide.  In the meantime, we are publishing the complete audio files and transcripts.  This will be as close to a fireside chat as you can get with the candidates before election day!  If you get to vote in a competitive race, these interviews may have just the information you need to help you make an informed vote.

Brian Wheeler

** Complete Election Coverage on Charlottesville Tomorrow's Website **

Jakubowski_tom_1 Candidate: Thomas Jakubowski (I), Rio District

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  • 00:00 – 01:22 Introduction by Brian Wheeler
  • 01:22 – 04:07 #1— Please describe your past political experience.
  • 04:07 – 09:00 #2— What makes you better qualified than your opponent?
  • 09:00 – 10:44 #3— What do you think is the best water supply source to meet the community’s needs? Would you support a pipeline to the James River?
  • 10:44 – 12:39 #4— Do you support the Rural Areas portion of the Comprehensive Plan? What new zoning ordinance strategies will protect the Rural Areas?
  • 12:39 – 14:34 #5— Consider the growth we see in Northern Virginia.  What mistakes have local governments made there and, if you are elected, what will you do differently here?
  • 14:34 – 15:20 #6— Goals of the “Neighborhood Model” form of development, a form intended for the County’s population centers, include interconnected neighborhoods and more compact, walkable communities with a mix of housing types that allow a larger population to live, work and shop in a smaller area. Do you support these goals of the Neighborhood Model for new development? 
  • 15:20 – 17:10 #7— One example of a significant Neighborhood Model project is Old Trail Village.  Do you think Old Trail will be quality growth for Crozet and Charlottesville-Albemarle? Will it provide affordable living choices and how will they remain affordable?
  • 17:10 – 17:36 #8— Our designated growth areas tell developers where we want them to build.  Should we also tell developers through zoning what form we want that development to take?  Why or why not?
  • 17:36 – 18:24 #9— What types of incentives should exist for developers to build in our designated growth areas?  Can you name some specific regulatory or financial examples? Should the development be required to conform with the Neighborhood Model?
  • 18:24 – 19:46 #10— Do you support construction of a Western US 29 bypass around Charlottesville on the currently proposed route or some other route?  Please explain why or why not and where another route might go.
  • 19:46 – 22:52 #11— Please describe any other transportation projects on the Route 29 North corridor that you would support to reduce congestion.
  • 22:52 – 25:20 #12— What are your overall transportation priorities?
  • 25:20 – 27:20 #13— What is your top priority for action by the Board of Supervisors if you are elected?
  • 27:20 – 28:50 #14— What are the greatest challenges facing the Albemarle County Planning Commission and what type of person will you nominate for a position on the Commission?
  • 28:50 – 29:35 #15— Do we have appropriate resources in County government to achieve the objectives in our comprehensive plan?  In what way, if any, do we need to make changes?  What impact will your recommendations have on staffing and the annual budget?
  • 29:35 – 30:48 #16— Have you received any endorsements yet that you would like to make the public aware of?

Candidate Interview: Gary Grant (Rio District)

As part of Charlottesville Tomorrow's coverage of the 2005 County Board of Supervisor Elections, we interviewed each candidate to discuss topics related to quality growth and development.  Each candidate was asked the same 16 questions, only some of which were provided in advance.

Excerpts from these interviews will be included in our upcoming Voter Guide.  In the meantime, we are publishing the complete audio files and transcripts.  This will be as close to a fireside chat as you can get with the candidates before election day!  If you get to vote in a competitive race, these interviews may have just the information you need to help you make an informed vote.

Brian Wheeler

** Complete Election Coverage on Charlottesville Tomorrow's Website **

Grant_garyCandidate: Gary Grant (R), Rio District

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  • 00:00 – 01:22 Introduction by Brian Wheeler
  • 01:22 – 02:10 #1— Please describe your past political experience.
  • 02:10 – 03:04 #2— What makes you better qualified than your opponent?
  • 03:04 – 04:00 #3— What do you think is the best water supply source to meet the community’s needs? Would you support a pipeline to the James River?
  • 04:00 – 05:07 #4— Do you support the Rural Areas portion of the Comprehensive Plan? What new zoning ordinance strategies will protect the Rural Areas?
  • 05:07 – 06:30 #5— Consider the growth we see in Northern Virginia.  What mistakes have local governments made there and, if you are elected, what will you do differently here?
  • 06:30 – 07:58 #6— Goals of the “Neighborhood Model” form of development, a form intended for the County’s population centers, include interconnected neighborhoods and more compact, walkable communities with a mix of housing types that allow a larger population to live, work and shop in a smaller area. Do you support these goals of the Neighborhood Model for new development?
  • 07:58 – 09:44 #7— One example of a significant Neighborhood Model project is Old Trail Village.  Do you think Old Trail will be quality growth for Crozet and Charlottesville-Albemarle? Will it provide affordable living choices and how will they remain affordable?
  • 09:44 – 10:39 #8— Our designated growth areas tell developers where we want them to build.  Should we also tell developers through zoning what form we want that development to take?  Why or why not?
  • 10:39 – 12:04 #9— What types of incentives should exist for developers to build in our designated growth areas?  Can you name some specific regulatory or financial examples? Should the development be required to conform with the Neighborhood Model?
  • 12:04 – 13:06 #10— Do you support construction of a Western US 29 bypass around Charlottesville on the currently proposed route or some other route?  Please explain why or why not and where another route might go.
  • 13:06 – 15:42 #11— Please describe any other transportation projects on the Route 29 North corridor that you would support to reduce congestion.
  • 15:42 – 18:03 #12— What are your overall transportation priorities?
  • 18:03 – 20:04 #13— What is your top priority for action by the Board of Supervisors if you are elected?
  • 20:04 – 22:05 #14— What are the greatest challenges facing the Albemarle County Planning Commission and what type of person will you nominate for a position on the Commission?
  • 22:05 – 24:27 #15— Do we have appropriate resources in County government to achieve the objectives in our comprehensive plan?  In what way, if any, do we need to make changes?  What impact will your recommendations have on staffing and the annual budget?
  • 24:27 – 28:05 #16— Have you received any endorsements yet that you would like to make the public aware of?

October 22, 2005

Candidate Interview: Sally Thomas (Samuel Miller District)

As part of Charlottesville Tomorrow's coverage of the 2005 County Board of Supervisor Elections, we interviewed each candidate to discuss topics related to quality growth and development.  Each candidate was asked the same 16 questions, only some of which were provided in advance.

Excerpts from these interviews will be included in our upcoming Voter Guide.  In the meantime, we are publishing the complete audio files and transcripts.  This will be as close to a fireside chat as you can get with the candidates before election day!  If you get to vote in a competitive race, these interviews may have just the information you need to help you make an informed vote.

Brian Wheeler

** Complete Election Coverage on Charlottesville Tomorrow's Website **

Thomas_sally2_1 Candidate: Sally Thomas (I), Samuel Miller District (Incumbent, Unopposed)

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  • 00:00 – 01:22 Introduction by Brian Wheeler
  • 01:22 – 02:30 #1—Please describe your past political experience.
  • 02:07 – 02:56 #2—What makes you better qualified than your opponent?
  • 02:56 – 04:20 #3—What do you think is the best water supply source to meet the community’s needs? Would you support a pipeline to the James River?
  • 04:20 – 05:44 #4—Do you support the Rural Areas portion of the Comprehensive Plan? What new zoning ordinance strategies will protect the Rural Areas?
  • 05:44 – 08:07 #5—Consider the growth we see in Northern Virginia.  What mistakes have local governments made there and, if you are elected, what will you do differently here?
  • 08:07 – 08:32 #6—Goals of the “Neighborhood Model” form of development, a form intended for the County’s population centers, include interconnected neighborhoods and more compact, walkable communities with a mix of housing types that allow a larger population to live, work and shop in a smaller area. Do you support these goals of the Neighborhood Model for new development? 
  • 08:32 – 10:40 #7—One example of a significant Neighborhood Model project is Old Trail Village.  Do you think Old Trail will be quality growth for Crozet and Charlottesville-Albemarle? Will it provide affordable living choices and how will they remain affordable?
  • 10:40 – 12:30 #8—Our designated growth areas tell developers where we want them to build.  Should we also tell developers through zoning what form we want that development to take?  Why or why not?
  • 12:30 – 14:11 #9—What types of incentives should exist for developers to build in our designated growth areas?  Can you name some specific regulatory or financial examples? Should the development be required to conform with the Neighborhood Model?
  • 14:11 – 15:57 #10—Do you support construction of a Western US 29 bypass around Charlottesville on the currently proposed route or some other route?  Please explain why or why not and where another route might go.
  • 15:57 – 18:25 #11—Please describe any other transportation projects on the Route 29 North corridor that you would support to reduce congestion.
  • 18:25 – 20:20 #12—What are your overall transportation priorities?
  • 20:20 – 21:07 #13—What is your top priority for action by the Board of Supervisors if you are elected?
  • 21:07 – 22:27 #14—What are the greatest challenges facing the Albemarle County Planning Commission and what type of person will you nominate for a position on the Commission?
  • 22:27 – 24:52 #15—Do we have appropriate resources in County government to achieve the objectives in our comprehensive plan?  In what way, if any, do we need to make changes?  What impact will your recommendations have on staffing and the annual budget?
  • 24:52 – 25:04 #16—Have you received any endorsements yet that you would like to make the public aware of?

October 20, 2005

Planning Commission on Marketing Interconnected Streets

20051018copcOn Tuesday, October 18, 2005 there was an Albemarle County Planning Commission meeting.  The news media gave it some attention because of the discussion about a road connection in Crozet from the Old Trail development to Jarman’s Gap Road.  Road interconnections in new neighborhoods are one feature of the “Neighborhood Model” form of development.  Instead of talking about the eminent domain issues and the alignment of the roads from Old Trail, I’d like to share a few sound bites on the nature of road interconnections in general that demonstrate the views of some staff and Planning CommissionersYou can comment on this posting to share your thoughts too.

The Neighborhood Model is something Charlottesville Tomorrow is asking candidates about in our upcoming voter guide for the County Board of Supervisors election.  The Neighborhood Model states the following goal for development in our population centers:

“A network of streets, bikeways, pedestrian paths, and bus routes will connect new neighborhoods as well as existing residential areas and nonresidential districts.” 

If you have been listening to or reading about the debates, you know the candidates have a variety of opinions on the merits of connecting our neighborhoods with new streets to reduce congestion on major thoroughfares.

Charlottesville Tomorrow does not have a position on this particular aspect of the Neighborhood Model nor are we endorsing any candidates, but it is clearly an issue generating strong reactions from candidates running for the Board of Supervisors.  When we release our non-partisan voter guide, you will see exactly where they stand on the subject.

So, what follows is what several Planning Commissioners and Wayne Cilimberg, Director of Planning and Community Development, had to say at Tuesday’s meeting on this subject.

Rodney Thomas – “I think we are going to hear a whole lot more about interconnectivity as time goes on.  It’s really a shame that it’s gotten a negative effect like it has.”

William Edgerton: “I think we have a responsibility to maybe start improving the understanding of what it is all about.”

[Later in meeting]

William Edgerton: “Wayne, I don’t know if you were here for the Old Trail discussion… there was an awful lot of emotion and passion, based on an awful lot of misunderstanding… and we have got to figure out a way, I mean Rodney said he went to a debate the other night, a candidate debate, and there’s a lot of confusion out there about is this [road interconnectivity] a good thing or a bad thing… We’ve got to do a little marketing on this.”

Wayne Cilimberg: “Well that’s part of the program actually.  There is going to be a real effort, and it will be Crozet directed initially, but there is going to be a real public relations kind of effort because there’s a message that needs to get out there.  I will tell you that from all I have read you are struggling right now with the same thing that a lot of other communities that are getting more dense and mixed use kinds of development are dealing with, throughout the country, it’s not an easy thing, but it is not unusual.”

Jo Higgins: “I think it is a good thing.  There’s only one statement I would make about though.  That some of the cases where we push to get a possible future alignment, it’s probably not going to be built, and then there are some that it’s likely and somehow we need to have the best information to make that decision.”

Brian Wheeler