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Albemarle Board of Supervisors Jack Jouett

The Code of Virginia provides that each county be governed by a board of supervisors, which is elected by the qualified voters. The Board of Supervisors of Albemarle County is composed of six members, one from each magisterial district. Supervisors are elected for four-year terms which are staggered at two-year intervals. The election of supervisors is held as a part of the State's general election in November of odd-numbered years. At the first meeting of the year, the Board organizes itself and selects one of its members to serve as chairman and another to serve as vice-chairman.
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    Diantha H. McKeel (Dem) retired nurse

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Given that the City and the County are both heavily involved in the urban area, what can they do to work more seamlessly together, so that the school system, the public safety entities, and the utilities could operate more efficiently?

A DEQ report and a Stream/Watch study estimate that only about 30% of the streams within the County are healthy by Virginia water standards. What steps would you support to improve local water quality?

How do you see the balance between expanding economic development in the county that diversifies our tax base and the impact that such economic development will have on population growth, traffic, schools, etc?

Charlottesville and Albemarle work together on a variety of issues. Areas that may present future opportunities include: collaboration on redevelopment and affordable housing through the creation of a regional housing fund to expand affordable housing into the urban ring; partnering to move Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center to Piedmont Virginia Community College; establishing a City/County/JAUNT/UVa Regional Transit Partnership; coordinating pedestrian/bicycle access paths.
Maintain the current land use policy of having a designated rural area (95%) and a designated development area (5%) because limiting developed areas is the best way to maintain high quality water; strengthen the current stream buffer ordinances; implement a utility that supports a strong storm water management program; study how best to develop land parcels with the lowest land/forest impact (e.g., consider ways to cluster homes on smaller lots, maintaining more tree/forest cover.)
There is no doubt that diverting growth into the designated growth area provides the most economically cost effective way to provide services. However, it is critical that the County make the necessary infrastructure investments to accommodate the growth while maintaining/improving our quality of life. Examples of those investments can be sidewalks, bicycle and pedestrian pathways, pocket parks, school capacity improvements, roads and transit.

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