The City of Charlottesville recognizes that this August will be an important time for our community to acknowledge painful feelings about the tragic events of last summer and also a time to promote resilience and healing.

The #ResilientCville website is one way you can access resources from and provide feedback to the City of Charlottesville.  We are committed to making positive change around the issues of racial and economic justice.

We look forward to engaging the community in this recovery process and to sharing the significant training and planning preparations we have undertaken as a City.  On this website you will find a collection of resources and a summer event calendar highlighting activities being held by a variety of community groups.

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Our City's response to last summer and planning for the anniversary 

FAQ on community safety and preparedness - What to expect Aug. 10-12, 2018

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City Council Meeting & Update on August 11-12 Anniversary Preparations

Regular Third Monday Meeting

Regular meetings of City Council are held on the first and third Mondays of each month at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers (in City Hall on the Downtown Mall at 7th and East Main Streets) and are open  to the public. Time is open for up to 16 speakers on subjects not scheduled for a public hearing at the beginning of each regular meeting. Additional time is open for speakers at the end of the each meeting. Speakers are asked to limit their remarks to three minutes.

Agendas of regular Council meetings are available in advance from the Clerk or on the Council website. The meetings are televised live on Charlottesville's Own TV10 and may also be viewed on-demand from our City meeting video archive or on Facebook Live.

Upon written or phone request, the Clerk of Council will answer questions about Council business.

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Our City's response to last summer and planning for the anniversary

Our preparations began immediately after the events of last summer. The City of Charlottesville has focused its work in the following areas:

Event Permitting

The City of Charlottesville has made significant changes to our event permitting process for special events and demonstrations. A large number of items have been banned from being carried into events and demonstrations including sticks, shields and open flames. 

The City of Charlottesville also joined the Georgetown University Law Center’s Lawsuit to keep militias and militia-like groups from coming back to Charlottesville. A number of those groups have settled and agreed to not return to Charlottesville.  

Training and Planning

The City of Charlottesville has implemented numerous training and planning initiatives in order to ensure we are prepared for future emergencies and large demonstrations.

Our Fire Chief has been designated as the Local Emergency Management Coordinator.  We have created a Committee on Safety and Emergency Preparedness and launched a training program for our employees to become familiar with the National Incident Management System and Incident Command System as called for in our Regional Emergency Operations Plan.  Senior City employees are receiving more advanced NIMS/ICS training.

Key City employees have been trained in large event policing and over 80 percent of our police department personnel have received additional crowd management training. We have adopted the IACP’s Model Policy for Crowd Management/Civil Disturbance.

The City of Charlottesville is also working closely with our regional partners and a special event planning group has been meeting bi-weekly since March 2018 and includes the City, Albemarle County, the University of Virginia, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and the Virginia State Police. Our regional planning work for the August 11-12 anniversary is comprehensive and supported by a specialized Incident Management Team from VDEM.

Legislative Initiatives

After the events of last summer, the City of Charlottesville immediately sought assistance from the Virginia General Assembly.  Our local legislative representatives were very helpful, but unfortunately, we were not successful in getting several bills passed that would have given the City some authority to limit weapons, more specifically firearms, in public spaces. We had asked for the authority to control the safety of public spaces and buildings and the prohibition of certain firearms in Charlottesville and the authority to make local decisions on Confederate monuments.

None of those bills passed in the General Assembly in 2018.

Continued Investment in City Council’s Priorities

Charlottesville City Council and our City Manager have also focused on key initiatives to address racial and economic justice in this community.

We have established a new Police Civilian Review Board and hired a new Chief of Police, RaShall Brackney, who begins her work on June 18, 2018.

In the recent city budget approved for FY 2018-2019, Charlottesville City Council approved various initiatives to increase the living wage, support workforce development, increase funding for affordable housing, and to dedicate funding for the redevelopment of public housing.  

Frequently Asked Questions related to August 10-12, 2018

Q: What events are going to take place during the weekend of August 10-12, 2018?
A. The City is not sponsoring any events of its own during August 10-12, 2018. There is also no event permit approved for Charlottesville’s downtown parks at this time. A Federal lawsuit related to Jason Kessler’s permit application for Emancipation Park will have a hearing on July 24, 2018. After the lawsuit is resolved, the City will have more information on permitted events.

Q. What planning has been undertaken and by whom?
A. We have taken a robust approach to planning with our regional and state partners and we are prepared for a very large gathering of people and media. We have one flexible and unified plan which allows for resources to be shifted to ensure public safety even with uncertainty about the size and location of any gathering.

Q. Who is in charge and accountable for the implementation of the plan?
A. A single Incident Action Plan (IAP) has been developed to ensure public safety during the weekend of August 10-12, 2018. All public safety and supporting agencies will operate under the direction of a Unified Command team comprised of senior leaders from the Charlottesville Police Department, the Virginia State Police, and the Charlottesville Fire Department. The Unified Command is charged with achieving the established, agreed-upon incident objectives as stated in the IAP and is responsible for the actions of all personnel assigned to the incident. Personnel deployed within the IAP under the direction of the Unified Command will operate under their home agency policies and procedures. The Charlottesville City Manager is responsible for public safety within the city as our designated Director of Emergency Management.

Q. What can the public coming downtown expect to see?
A. For the safety of residents and business owners, the public can expect to see a substantial presence of state and local law enforcement personnel and vehicles throughout Downtown during the weekend. Law enforcement uniforms will vary in accordance with assignment and situation.

Q. What streets will be closed and for what time period?
A. The general area of street closures and parking restrictions is between 9th Street / Avon to Ridge / McIntire and between High Street to Water Street including the Downtown Mall, its side streets, and mall crossings. Additional details are available here.

Q: Where will the gatherings take place?
A: There are no event permits approved for Emancipation Park or Justice Park at this time. However, a large crowd is expected to gather to honor Heather Heyer and as a result, there will be a clearly defined security perimeter around the parks and the Downtown Mall.

Q: Will the Charlottesville Police Department provide routine patrol services throughout the city while managing events Downtown?
A: Yes, the Charlottesville Police Department will provide a consistent level of service in all patrol zones prior to, during and after the scheduled events and will utilize our regional partners for support.

Q: Will traffic detours be clearly marked to promote the safe travel of motorists along city roadways during the weekend?
A: Yes, sufficient detour signs, as well as uniformed officers, will be on hand to assist with the safe travel of motorists over the weekend. Designated parking areas will be established for all attendees.

Q. If I chose to come to Downtown Charlottesville, what else should I know?
Personal preparedness will be important to your safety. Many people in our community will feel a strong need to be present downtown to exercise their right to express themselves. We are going to do everything we can to protect people who live and work downtown and choose to come to events. If you don’t have to be downtown, the area should be avoided. There are no guarantees to personal safety in a civil unrest environment.

Q: How can the public receive updates related to the weekend events?
A: Members of the general public should review local media sources as well as any/all updates posted on the City of Charlottesville’s website and social media channels. An email list can be joined via the City’s website at 

Q: Will individuals in violation of any local, state or federal laws be arrested?
A: All personnel assigned to this event shall respect the rights of those in attendance to exercise their right to freedom of speech and the right to peacefully assemble. However, law enforcement personnel assigned to this event will not tolerate any behavior that is in violation of laws of the United States of America, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the localities therein, that will jeopardize the life and safety of personnel, citizens or their property. All law enforcement personnel are empowered to achieve this goal in accordance with departmental policies and current laws in a manner that is impartial, responsible, reasonable and fair.

Q: Will individuals be permitted to carry firearms?
A: Yes, according to Virginia law, law-abiding individuals are permitted to carry firearms in public spaces.

Q: Will EMS/Ambulance/First Aid be made available to support the people participating in events downtown?
A: Yes, members of local and regional public safety agencies will be readily available to assist as needed.

Q: Is there a specific hotline to call if I feel I need public safety assistance?
A: No, please dial 911 if an emergency; numerous public safety agencies will be present and available to promote the public safety of our citizenry.

Q: Are there other events being planned and hosted by community groups related to the anniversary?
A: Yes, numerous individuals and community groups are hosting events throughout the community on various dates; please review local media sources for more information related to alternative events and consult the calendar on the City’s website at 

August 12th Community Briefing from Charlottesville TV10 on Vimeo.