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.

Resources for a #ResilientCville

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

Community safety and preparedness (COMING SOON)

Resilience Resources

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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
  • Training and planning
  • Legislative initiatives
  • Continued investment in our City’s Council’s priorities

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 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 our City’s 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.