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***City Council is currently working on the next steps that will be taken in updating the Comprehensive Plan.  We anticipate additional rounds of community engagement once the project kicks off again.   Stay tuned for more information in the coming months.  If you have questions please contact ***

Over the next year Charlottesville will be undertaking an update to the City's Comprehensive Plan. This Plan is our vision as a community that guides decision making processes for such matters as Land Use (development and growth), Housing (affordability and access) and Transportation (all modes of transit and parking). 




Questions? Comments? Want more information? Contact Neighborhood Development Services (434-970-3182).


 During City's 2018 Comprehensive Plan update, the City conducted a series of community engagement workshops starting in May 2017 and continuing through May 2018 in three phases:

Phase I - May 2017

Phase II - Summer 2017

Phase III - May 2018

     - Phase I - III Analysis Booklet

     - Phase I Appendix
     - Phase II Appendix 
     - Phase III Appendix

     Phase III Fall 2018 Survey Appendix

      Phase III Leaders Survey Appendix

     - Fall 2018 Comprehensive Plan Survey raw data (.csv)



Public Process

Phase  3

In the spring and summer of 2017 a series of workshops and outreach events were held to gather feedback from the community on how updates to the Comprehensive Plan should be shaped. Over the last eight months that information has been analyzed and used to create DRAFT materials such as chapter changes and a DRAFT Land Use Map. Now the community is invited to attend workshops in May to review this material and provide additional feedback. (Each workshop will contain the same format and materials so pick the one that works best for your schedule.)

View the flier for these events here

May 2018 Public Workshops 

Date Time Location Address
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 6pm-8pm Buford Middle School, Cafeteria 1000 Cherry Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903
Thursday, May 10, 2018 12pm-2pm City Space, Main Meeting Room 100 5th St NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Saturday, May 12, 2018 10am-12pm Central Library, McIntire Room 201 E Market St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 5:30-7:30pm Belmont Arts Collaborative 221 Carlton Rd Suite 3, Charlottesville, VA 22902


On March 7, Boards and Commissions were invited to attend a special work session to provide feedback on the Comprehensive Plan draft materials. Attendees were given an opportunity to review draft Comprehensive Plan materials, participate in a Land Use Map exercise, and engage with other Boards and Commissions on the current direction of the Plan. View the presentation shown at this meeting here.

The general agenda for this work session was as follows:

  •                Welcome and Presentation
  •                Break out to tables to review Different Chapters of the Comp Plan
  •                Land Use Map Presentation
  •                Land Use Map Table Exercise
  •                Table Report Out on Land Use Map Exercise
  •                Next Steps
  •                Public Comments 

The comments collected during each of the exercises have been transcribed and are available for review here:

Chapter Review Session

Land Use Map Review Session

Phase 2

To continue gathering public input on the Comprehensive Plan update, City staff and Planning Commissioners will be attending community events throughout the summer. The Public is encouraged to stop by our table at the following events to see the results from our first phase of kick-off meetings and provide further input.

July-August 2017 Public Outreach

 Date Time   Location/Event Address 
 Wednesday, July 12, 2017  3pm-7pm  Mead Park Market  300 Meade Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22902
 Friday, July 14, 2017  5pm-8pm  Fridays After Five  Sprint Pavilion: 700 E. Main St., Charlottesville, VA 22902
 Tuesday, July 18, 2017  10am-2pm  Downtown Mall In front of the Landmark closest to CVS: 208 E. Main St., Charlottesville, VA 22902
 Saturday, July 29, 2017  10am-2pm  African American Cultural Art Festival  Booker T. Washington Park: 1001 Preston Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903
 Tuesday, August 1, 2017  6pm-8pm  National Night Out  Tonsler Park: 500 Cherry Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903
 Thursday, August 3, 2017  5pm-6:30pm  Michie Market  2100 Michie Dr., Charlottesville, VA 22901
 Saturday, August 5, 2017  10am-1pm  Westhaven Days  803 Hardy Dr., Charlottesville, VA 22903
 Wednesday, August 9, 2017  5pm-8pm  Love the Court  Friendship Court: 418 Garrett St, Charlottesville, VA, 22902
 Saturday, August 19, 2017  10:30am-12pm  Back to School Bash  Sprint Pavilion: 700 E. Main St., Charlottesville, VA 22902


2018 Comprehensive Plan Update Questionnaires

Phase I Questionnaire

Phase II Questionnaire

Phase 1 

A series of workshops will be held in May-June 2017 to gather feedback from the community on how the update to the Comprehensive Plan should be shaped. The Public is encouraged to attend one or all of these workshops and be a part of the process. All four workshops will be identical in format and information covered. Please click here to access the Comprehensive Plan Update Kick-Off flyer for information on public workshops or see the table below. 

Click here to access the full Comprehensive Plan Update Kick-Off PowerPoint presentation

May-June 2017 Public Work Shops 

Date  Time  Location Address 
 Monday, May 8, 2017  1pm-3pm        Carver Recreation Center Banquet Center   233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903
 Thursday, May 11, 2017  5pm-7pm  Venable Elementary School Gymnasium  406 14th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903
 Wednesday, May 31, 2017  7pm-9pm  Buford Middle School Cafeteria  1000 Cherry Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903
 Wednesday, June 21, 2017  6pm-8pm  Charlottesville High School Atrium  1400 Melbourne Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22901
 Saturday, June 24, 2017  10am-12pm  Central Library, McIntire Room  201 E Market St, Charlottesville, VA 22902


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