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January 02, 2007

Top-10 Growth & Development Stories of 2006

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In my weekly appearance on WINA AM 1070 with Coy Barefoot on the Charlottesville Right Now program, Coy and I will count down the top-10 growth and development stories of 2006. Call 977-1070 to get on the air and share your insights.

Charlottesville Tomorrow's Top-10 Growth and Development Stories of 2006

  1. County Supervisors reach a stalemate on rural area protection strategies after agreeing unanimously in 2005 to aggressively pursue new policies as part of the Rural Area Comprehensive Plan update.
  2. City/County agree on 50-year urban water supply plan which features a pipeline connecting our two major reservoirs.
  3. County approves North Pointe rezoning.
  4. County Supervisors unanimously endorse a potential population for Crozet of 24,000 people (current population: About 4,800).
  5. The local housing pipeline grows.  Since 2000 over 8,100 homes have been approved in the County alone.  Most have not been built yet.
  6. City’s vertical growth looms large—Officials question zoning allowing 9-story development.
  7. County advances economic development initiatives.
  8. City/County support development of Regional Transit Authority.  UVA observes from the sidelines.
  9. The Slutzky factor – Supervisor David Slutzky brings new ideas and a powerful swing vote on a number of growth and development issues.
  10. City/County advance major new e-Government communication initiatives [not really growth and development specific, but hugely helpful initiatives to those in the public interested in tracking these issues].

Honorable mention stories for 2006:

Think I left something off this list?  There were so many possibilities and I culled the list from past blog postings and the piles of files in my office. If you think something else deserves attention, please add a comment below and/or call in to WINA between 5:00 and 6:00 PM today. 

Brian Wheeler

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