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City Planning Commission

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Please direct all e-mail for Planning Commissioners to Missy Creasymail icon, Planning Manager

PlannerThe City Planning Commission is appointed by the Charlottesville City Council pursuant to provisions in the Code of Virginia.  The Planning Commission is charged with the responsibility for preparing and recommending the Comprehensive Plan for the physical development of the territory within the City of Charlottesville.  The Planning Commission is responsible for the careful and comprehensive survey and study of existing conditions and trends of growth and of the probable future requirements of the City and its inhabitants. The Plan is to be made with the purpose of guiding and accomplishing the coordinated and harmonious development of the territory which will in accordance with present and probable future needs and resources best promote the health, safety, morals, order, convenience, prosperity and general welfare of the citizens. The Plan should be general in nature and shall contain maps, plats, charts and descriptions showing the Commission’s long-range recommendations for the general development of the City. The Plan can include things such as: designation of areas for various types of public and private development, designation of a system of transportation facilities, designation of a system of community facility services, and designation of historical areas and areas for urban renewal. The Planning Commission is also responsible for developing and recommending a zoning ordinance and map to the City Council pursuant to the Comprehensive Plan that has been adopted.

The Charlottesville City Planning Commission meets on the Second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. At that meeting, it considers rezoning applications, special permit applications, site plans, subdivisions and other matters pertaining to the development of the community. The Planning Commission also conducts a regular review and update of the adopted Comprehensive Plan and from time to time, performs special studies of planning matters that are of interest to the community.