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I am a design engineer and inventor. I have 6 US patents and 2 US copyrights-- 1 US Patent is pending. I live in the City of Charlottesville VA and help out at the Haven-- a place for homeless people and down-and-out people.
I equate growth in the City of Cville as related to existing neighborhoods with the SIA ie. Strategic Investment Area. It is a 330 acre area south and east of downtown Cville, including neighborhood portions of the Ridge Street, Belmont Carlton, North Downtown, Martha Jefferson and Fifeville Neighborhoods. This target area was identified by the city as a "growth" area due to its low density and available land areas and proximity to the downtown mall for pedestrians.
There is a large parking lot at 843 West Main with single spaces renting for $85.00 a month. With tax abatements gifted to owners, the city should help the owner of this lot build a large parking garage in the place of the parking lot. There is broad agreement that we need more parking downtown.
I agree with Dave Norris, former mayor, in what he wrote Aug 8, 2016 in a letter to Maurice Jones and George Benford about solving the dispute over the Water Street parking garage. He is the CPC head
Empower the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission to assist the city and county in the growth of urban areas in a seamless fashion. Joint meetings between neighborhoods in the city involved in the urban area can work seamlessly together so that the school system, the public safety entities and the utilities can operate more efficiently, given increased urban growth and development.
I moved to Charlottesville in 2003. My husband and I are parents to three children. My civic engagement includes being a neighborhood leader and non-profit board member. I am a UVA grad and my professional background is in engineering and business.
Our city is this region’s urban center and will continue to be a source of growth. The community must drive the form and function of this growth. By focusing on priorities that improve quality of life and correspond to an inclusive and principled zoning, we will find success. New development must be focused in areas supported by surrounding infrastructure and residents must have a voice. Improving communications between the city and communities will enable outcomes that reflect collaboration.
Parking downtown must be assessed comprehensively for the health of economic development in our urban center and surrounding neighborhoods. We must make more efficient use of what we have and leverage available technology. Serious discussions in pursuit of public-private partnerships for existing lots/structures that sit empty are needed. We must create a broader network of options so we are not reliant on any one source and consider innovative ways to mitigate the consequences of our decisions.
We are one community and we must change the tenor of the relationship among our leaders in order for citizens to most effectively be served. There are opportunities to consolidate human and capital resources as well as infrastructure in these common operations, eliminating redundancies and enabling reinvestment back into other priorities. I have career experience in evaluating systems and identifying efficiencies and am committed to working with City and County leaders to put words into action.
Kenny is a 50 year old native of Charlottesville Virginia; Kenny has attended, Burnley Moran Elementary School, Johnson and Clarke Elementary Schools, Buford Middle School, and Graduated C.H.S. Class of 86. Kenny also attended Piedmont Virginia Commu
Charlottesville's growth is not in residents alone, yet more in student housing and hotels
Unfortunately this growth has been detrimental on a majority of Charlottesville Residential Neighborhoods, and affordable housing.
We as council must review our ordinances and land use guidelines as well as what types of new developments are being built as well as who they are being built for (income brackets) we can not allow those with lesser incomes to become displaced or neighborhoods to be destroyed
Water St. Parking garage is a privately owned facility which former council allowed, we as council can't tell a private entity how to work. Also we must insist developers include parking for their facilities. The city can not nor can the tax payers fund parking for private residence, as for downtown businesses, we can erect another parking garage at the city owned Water Street site, which cost can be shared by businesses and city
City leaders must have with county and University leaders a serious comprehensive meeting to discuss all these aspects, we must be willing to cooperate and have give and take abilities. Our school systems must sit with one another as well as all of our public safety organizations, and our perspective utility; to come up with a solution which both the Board of Supervisors and council can adopt and approve.
Elected twice to Charlottesville City School Board, past Chair and Vice Chair, founder of Virginia's List, former teacher, returned Peace Corps and AmeriCorps Volunteer. Lifelong Democrat, 15 year resident of Charlottesville, married mother of three.
Recognizing that we have grown and growth is a sign of a healthy community, properly planned growth should revitalize neighborhoods, not alienate current residents. Respect of our community and neighborhoods is critical as we look towards the future. We need to support our more senior residents and accommodate new families by taking into account the critical need for affordable housing for all income levels while strengthening our public transportation and reducing our environmental footprint.
Parking has been an issue for years, it is important to understand there are different parking needs; parking for residents, employees and consumers. We need to address each one with an eye not only on parking but our infrastructure of: public transportation, bike, pedestrian ways and affordable housing. I don't have all the information about the parking garage dispute but I believe it's a critical component of our parking solutions and that the City maintain ownership of its 600 or so spaces.
For the City and County to thrive and continue to rank among the world’s best places to live, work, and raise a family we must work closely together. I have succesfully worked with many of the Supervisors over the years on other issues and look forward to working on our regional challenges to strengthen our whole community. The best way to create goodwill with our neighbors is to amend our bike trail ordinance and end the Ragged Mountain bike lawsuit.
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My name is Nikuyah Walker. I’m a native of Charlottesville. I graduated from Charlottesville High School in 1998 and then went on to Virginia Commonwealth University where I earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 2004.
Any development that occurs should honor the input of community members. I’ve witnessed City Council ignore the will of citizens and override the planning commission only to erroneously side with developers. City Council has continuously approved developments that serve upper-income families and students while gentrifying and displacing lower-income neighborhoods and working-class families. I will support equitable developments.
The current parking policies are not citizen-centered. I wouldn’t have voted to purchase land to build a new parking garage when we need to invest in equitable housing developments. The City/CPC parking dispute was dysfunctional and ego-driven. It was not about choosing the best parking solutions for the citizens of Charlottesville. I would support private ownership of the parking garage that implements smart parking polices. I currently do not support the current parking meter pilot.
I would explore ways to collaborate, reduce duplication and save taxpayer money. A major focus of my campaign is the need for more transparency and accountability when it comes to City spending. It is important that we get input from both City and County residents in assessing the actual impacts of any regional partnerships. Being fair and less ego-driven will create a foundation where there’s a greater willingness to collaborate and create more efficient partnerships.