A log of Charlottesville City Council Meetings 2008-2015. Transported from the City of Charlottesville website as a project of Smart Cville, http://www.smartcville.com.

SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CHARLOTTESVILLE CITY COUNCIL

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NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING
A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CHARLOTTESVILLE CITY COUNCIL WILL BE HELD
ON Monday, May 18, 2015, AT 6:00 p.m. IN THE Second Floor Conference Room.
THE PROPOSED AGENDA IS AS FOLLOWS:
Closed session as provided by Section 2.2-3712 of the Virginia Code
BY ORDER OF THE MAYOR BY Paige Rice
SECOND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM – May 18, 2015
Council met in special session on this date with the following members present: Ms.
Smith, Ms. Galvin, Mr. Huja, Ms. Szakos, Mr. Fenwick.
On motion by Ms. Smith, seconded by Ms. Galvin, Council voted, (Ayes: Mr. Huja, Mr.
Fenwick, Ms. Szakos, Ms. Smith, Ms. Galvin; Noes: None), to meet in closed session for (1) The
annual performance evaluation of the City Manager, and consideration of prospective candidates
for appointment to City boards and commissions, as authorized by Va. Code sec. 2.2-3711 (A)
(1); and, (2) Legal advice regarding acquisition of permanent easements for City utilities in
Steephill Street, as authorized by Va. Code sec. 2.2-3711 (A) (7).
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Ms. Smith, Council certified by the following
vote (Ayes: Ms. Galvin, Mr. Fenwick, Ms. Smith, Ms. Szakos, Mr. Huja; Noes: None), that to
the best of each Council Member's knowledge, only public business matters lawfully exempted
from the open meeting requirements of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act and identified
in the motion convening the closed session were heard, discussed or considered in the closed
session.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Mr. Fenwick, Council voted, (Ayes: Mr. Huja,
Mr. Fenwick, Ms. Szakos, Ms. Smith, Ms. Galvin; Noes: None), to reconvene in closed session
for (1) The annual performance evaluation of the City Manager, the consideration of prospective
candidates for appointment to City boards and commissions, and consideration of the
performance of a specific City Council appointee, all as authorized by Va. Code sec. 2.2-3711
(A) (1); and, (2) Legal advice regarding acquisition of permanent easements for City utilities in
Steephill Street, as authorized by Va. Code sec. 2.2-3711 (A) (7).
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Ms. Smith, Council certified by the following
vote (Ayes: Ms. Galvin, Mr. Fenwick, Ms. Smith, Ms. Szakos, Mr. Huja; Noes: None), that to
the best of each Council Member's knowledge, only public business matters lawfully exempted
from the open meeting requirements of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act and identified
in the motion convening the closed session were heard, discussed or considered in the closed
session.
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COUNCIL CHAMBERS - May 18, 2015
CALL TO ORDER
Council met in regular session on this date with the following members present: Mr. Huja,
Ms. Smith, Mr. Fenwick, Ms. Galvin, Ms. Szakos.
AWARDS/RECOGNITIONS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Ms. Szakos read a proclamation in honor of Emergency Medical Services Week. Emily
Pelliccia, deputy COO for CFD, and Mike Berg, President of CARS, were present to accept the
proclamation.
Mr. Fenwick read a proclamation in honor of Public Works Week. Ms. Lauren Hildebrand
was present to accept the proclamation.
Ms. Smith announced that the City was accepted as a Sustainability Partner by the Virginia
Department of Environmental Quality's Virginia Environmental Excellence Program for the third
year in a row. Ms. Kristel Riddervold was present to accept the award.
Ms. Galvin announced the City's spray grounds are open for the season. Locations are at
Belmont Bridge, Forest Hills Park, and Greenleaf Park. For more information call 970-3260 or
visit www.charlottesville.org/parksandrec.
Ms. Smith announced an essay contest hosted by Mr. Alex Zan about why it is important to
help people. The deadline is Friday, May 22.
Ms. Smith announced the McIntire Golf Course will close permanently on May 31,
allowing this area of the park to revert to passive use in line with the master plan adopted for the
park.
Mr. Fenwick announced last week was Police Memorial Week, May 10-15. This year, the
National Law Enforcement Memorial will add the name of Lieutenant Robert Eugene Frazier Jr.,
of the Charlottesville Police Department, to the wall of those that have fallen in the line of duty.
Mr. Huja asked for a moment of silence in memory of Lt. Frazier.
MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Mr. John Hossack, 615 Elliott Ave., said he objects to the Rio grade-separated interchange
process and said the project will wreck his neighborhood. He asked Council to fight for City
residents' interest.
Mr. Tom Olivier, 4632 Green Creek Rd., of Schuyler, speaking on behalf of Advocates for
a Sustainable Albemarle Population, said we have undergone significant growth in recent years.
He distributed a study to Council. He said it is a myth that we need growth.
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Ms. Elizabeth Cunningham, 1015 Morningside Ln., Ms. Erin Wills, and Mr. Jeremy
Thomas, 7561 Porters Rd., of Esmont, from Monticello High School, said their group has been
studying the YMCA at McIntire Park and the renewals of their ground lease. They said the City
needs additional activity options, and they are in favor of the YMCA project because it benefits
residents, students, and the City.
Mr. Morgan Butler, Director of Charlottesville/Albemarle project at the Southern
Environmental Law Center, said zoning that guides redevelopment along West Main, such as
The Flats, which is widely seen as out of scale and damaging to the character of this corridor, is
important to address and fix. Lower street wall heights, adequate setbacks, and the definition of
rooftop appurtenances are missing from the proposed amended ordinance for the West Main
Street Zoning Initiation.
Mr. Raymond Mason, 717 Cynthiana Ave., said there has been misconduct by Mr. Signer,
a candidate running for City Council. He alleged that Mr. Signer sent emails to Council and his
neighborhood about Mr. Mason's criminal history.
Ms. Rebecca Quinn, 104 4th St., said City Market visitors should drop off their composting
at the booth at the lower corner across from the parking garage entrance, because there are
volunteers who will answer questions and weigh your organics. This is important because the
success of the pilot effort will be measured by the weight of material dropped off. Pick up a
compostable bag, and start composting today. She suggested storing collected compostable
material in the freezer to eliminate smell and avoid attracting flies. She said she has been able to
reduce her trash to one bag every three weeks with composting.
Ms. Tracy Riffel, 832 Harris Rd., asked Council to reconsider their position on the closure
of 2nd Street. The Charlottesville Police Department has done a great job in helping curtail drug
activity, especially Officer Sclafani. She said her numbers are going down the longer the 2nd
Street closure goes on. The traffic situation has not been addressed; she does not know which
way to drive on the street, and there is not an indicator of whether or not it is a one way road
when it is open to traffic. She said she has video of workers on the job between 11:00 a.m. and
2:00 p.m., which is forbidden according to the application distributed to Council. She said there
is no interaction with the businesses, only letters informing the business owners of the
contractor’s plans.
Ms. Anna-Kathleen Camru, 4541 Woodside Rd., a senior at Monticello High School, said
her classmates researched the BID proposal to see if it should be brought back to the Council's
attention. She said it was correct to postpone the project initially, but they believe it would
ultimately benefit property owners and should be brought back to Council at a future date.
Ms. Anika Mian, 1250 Pebblebrook Ln., Mr. Robert Colms, 3420 Keswick Rd., and Mr.
Adam Fox, Keswick Rd., said they debated the meals tax increase as part of their senior project
for their Monticello High School Honors government class. They said their research showed it
would be detrimental to the restaurants in the City.
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Mr. Scott Paisley, 1207 Oakhill Dr., said parking is and will be an issue regarding West
Main zoning, beyond the design itself. The West Main parking study has recommended several
creative concepts and some great ideas, although some may be difficult to implement.
Mr. Brian Andres, 1623 Gateway Pl., Ms. Melanie Aragon, 1221 Silverbrook Ter., Ms.
Jessica Tucker, Herds Mtn. Rd., and Mr. William Snyder, William Valley Ct., students from
Monticello High School, said they have been studying school consolidation. Consolidating
County and City schools together will reduce the overall budget and help with transportation.
They said while there are advantages and disadvantages, the positives outweigh the negatives.
Mr. Chris Henry, 200 Garrett St., said form-based code allows for more transparency
regarding the West Main rezoning initiation and asked Council to adopt the Rhodeside &
Harwell recommendations in full.
Mr. Raymond Mason, 717 Cynthiana Ave., said he has spoken to Mike Murphy and Doug
Ehman and has been trying to get work done at the Washington Park basketball courts. The
baskets are crooked and have trees growing into them. He asked the Parks Department to repair
these issues. Also, the court surface is uneven and torn up.
COUNCIL RESPONSE TO MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Ms. Smith said she learns things from the Monticello students and thanked them for their
community action. She thanked Mr. Mason for bringing the Washington Park issue to their
attention and asked staff for an update on the status; she was under the impression they had been
fixed. She thanked Ms. Quinn for supporting composting and Ms. Szakos for supporting the
initiative from the beginning.
Mr. Fenwick thanked Mr. Mason for his comments about Washington Park, and he said
this should be in top shape coming into the summer. He said the students’ projects are terrific
and thanked them for their presentations. He said we can do better for the businesses affected by
the closing of 2nd Street.
Ms. Szakos thanked the Monticello High students for coming.
Ms. Galvin thanked Monticello High students for discussing regionalism and encouraged
them to talk to their underclassman about how they can do joint planning amongst the
jurisdictions in the future. She thanked speakers for their comments about West Main. She asked
Mr. Jones to look into how our staff might be coming across in letters to the businesses. Mr.
Jones said these letters are coming from the contractors, and staff will look into this matter. Staff
will also approach them about the working hours required through the extension.
CONSENT AGENDA
Ms. Szakos asked about item h. regarding enhanced penalties on Locust Ave. She said
there has been discussion about doing things structurally to visually queue drivers to slow down.
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She asked for a double penalty for speeding for a year while we implement other things and then
evaluate whether or not the double penalty is still warranted.
Ms. Smith said we talked about enabling legislation to give us more control over our speed
limits. She asked staff to add this to Council’s legislative package.
She asked about clarification on the language for item i. regarding meals tax exemptions
for non-profits. Mr. Divers said this is geared towards fundraising organizations, churches, etc.
She asked if it would apply to the Omni Hotel, for example, if they provide meals for nonprofit
events. Mr. Divers said it does not; it only applies to non-profits and churches. Ms. Szakos said
this aligns the City’s policies with state legislation.
Ms. Szakos asked if there was support for sun-setting the doubled fines on Locust Ave. Mr.
Jones said Council may agree to revisit this in one year. Ms. Smith asked if the doubled fines
tactic works. Mr. Jones said we do not have data, but signs and public relations initiatives on the
matter do initially work.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Ms. Galvin, the consent agenda passed with the
added language on item h. regarding enhanced fines on Locust Ave. (Ayes: Mr. Huja, Ms. Smith,
Ms. Galvin, Ms. Szakos, Mr. Fenwick; Noes: None.)
a. Minutes for May 4
b. APPROPRIATION: National Recreation and Parks Association and the Wal-Mart
Foundation Out-of-School Time Programs Grant - $25,000 (2nd reading)
National Recreation and Parks Association and the Wal-Mart Foundation Out-of-School Time
Programs Grant
WHEREAS, the City of Charlottesville, through Parks and Recreation, has received a grant of
$25,000 from the National Recreation and Parks Association and the Wal-Mart Foundation to
support and enhance our participation in the S.F.S.P. and the C.A.C.F.P.
WHEREAS, the grant award covers the period from period March 31, 2015 through May 1,
2016.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the City of Charlottesville,
Virginia, that the sum of $25,000, received from the National Recreation and Parks Association
and the Wal-Mart Foundation is hereby appropriated in the following manner:
Revenue – $25,000
Fund: 210 Internal Order: 1900245 G/L Account: 451022 Other Grants
Expenditures - $25,000
Fund: 210 Internal Order: 1900245 G/L Account: 599999 Lump Sum
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BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this appropriation is conditioned upon the receipt of
$25,000 from the National Recreation and Park Association and the Wal-Mart Foundation.
c. APPROPRIATION: Virginia Department of Health Special Nutrition Program
Summer Food Service Program - $105,000 (2nd reading)
Virginia Department of Health Special Nutrition Program Summer Food Service Program
WHEREAS, the City of Charlottesville, through Parks and Recreation, has received approval
for reimbursement up to $105,000 from the Virginia Department of Health Special
Nutrition Program to provide free breakfast and lunch to children attending summer camp
programs; and
WHEREAS, the grant award covers the period from period June 1, 2015 through December 31,
2015.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the City of Charlottesville,
Virginia, that the sum of $105,000, received from the Virginia Department of Health Special
Nutrition Program, is hereby appropriated in the following manner:
Revenue – $105,000
Fund: 209 Internal Order: 1900246 G/L Account: 430120
Expenditures - $105,000
Fund: 209 Internal Order: 1900246 G/L Account: 530670
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this appropriation is conditioned upon the receipt of
$105,000 from the Virginia Department of Health Special Nutrition Program.
d. APPROPRIATION: Funds from Charlottesville City Schools to the Charlottesville
High School Science Labs Project - $35,344.54 (2nd reading)
Funds from Charlottesville City Schools to the Charlottesville High School Science Labs Project
WHEREAS, the Charlottesville City Schools has made a supplemental contribution to the
C.H.S. Science Labs Project in the amount of $35,344.54 originating from the C.C.S. FY14
Gain-Sharing Fund.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the City of
Charlottesville, Virginia that $35,344.54 from Charlottesville City Schools is to be appropriated
in the following manner:
Revenues - $35,344.54
Fund: 426 Funded Program: SH-015 (P-00827-01) G/L Account: 432085
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Expenditures - $35,344.54
Fund: 426 Funded Program: SH-015 (P-00827-01) G/L Account: 599999
e. APPROPRIATION: Virginia Homelessness Solutions Grant (VHSP) - $69,368.95
(carried)
Virginia Homelessness Solutions Grant
f. RESOLUTION: 2015 City-LEAP Climate Protection Program Support Grant -
$100,880
2015 City-LEAP Climate Protection Program Support Grant
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of
Charlottesville, Virginia that the sum of $100,880 is hereby paid to LEAP from currently
appropriated funds in the Gas Fund, Environmental Sustainability Cost Center as follows:
$100,880 Fund: 631 Cost Center: 2711001000 G/L Account: 599999
g. RESOLUTION: Approval of Letter - Public Comment to the State Executive
Council
Approval of Letter - Public Comment to the State Executive Council
h. ORDINANCE: Enhanced Penalties for Speeding on Locust Avenue from Hazel
Street to the 250 Bypass (carried)
Enhanced Penalties for Speeding on Locust Avenue
i. ORDINANCE: Meals Tax Exemptions for Non-Profits (carried)
Meals Tax Exemptions for Non-Profits
On motion by Ms. Smith, seconded by Ms. Szakos, the following boards and commissions
were appointed: to the Social Services Advisory Board, Alana Hill; to the Sister City
Commission: Viktoria Basham and Edward Herring; to the Tree Commission: Peter Russell and
Ken Wertz; to the Vendor Appeals Board: Meghan Cloud and Hugh Gravitt; to the Youth
Council: Cole Fairchild, Jade Gonzalez, Madelyn Lindsay, and Atiqullah Nasim. (Ayes: Mr.
Huja, Ms. Smith, Ms. Galvin, Ms. Szakos, Mr. Fenwick; Noes: None.)
PUBLIC HEARING: PROPOSED UTILITY RATES FOR FY 2016
Proposed Utility Rates for FY 2016
Ms. Sharon O'Hare presented the Utility Rates report.
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Ms. Szakos asked about the new rate for the 5/8” meters. This gives an incentive for
builders to install a meter for each unit, which helps increase conservation. She said she is glad
for this development. She said the report quoted $52 / 1,000 cubic feet, but this is not an average
family use. The average family would see an increase of about $1 per month for water and about
$4 per month for sewer, based on average single family household use.
In response to an inquiry from Ms. Szakos, Ms. O’Hare said the price is set annually with
UVA for water and sewer. She said she did not know how often this comes up for consideration.
Ms. Smith asked what part of the final bill goes to the general fund. Mr. Chris Cullinan,
Director of Finance, said all costs on the final bill are attributed to utilities. Different parts of the
bill go to the portions of the general fund that have an impact on utility costs, such as the PILOT
program. This is based on the sales of the utility. Ms. Smith said utility rates have a greater
effect on low income homes, which have a higher probability of being less efficient. She said
she wants people to know how much of their bill is not for actual usage.
On motion, the public hearing was opened.
Ms. Rebecca Quinn, 104 4th St., thanked the City for reporting current rates alongside
proposed rates. The documentation showed an increase for the average household. The drop in
the gas rate offsets the increases in water and sewer rates. Another paragraph should explain
what the average monthly increase would be for customers using water and wastewater without
gas. Low income residents are least likely to have retrofits for water conservation, and she asked
the City to look for ways to help not just homeowners, but renters and landlords to conserve
water.
Ms. Colette Hall, 101 Robertson Ln., said not everybody has gas, so it is misleading to
make it look like there will be an insignificant change. She said people who have been following
this issue knew an increase was coming. She said some people in the City have increased real
estate assessments in the coming fiscal year, and hers is significant. Now she has an increase in
her water and sewer rate as well. She asked Council to realize that some residents are not just
getting a utility increase, but also a real estate tax increase. She said the Stormwater fee is a tax
and is another increase homeowners have to deal with.
Having no further speakers, the public hearing was closed.
Ms. Szakos said she agrees with Ms. Quinn that those without gas will see a more
significant increase.
Ms. Galvin asked if there is anything we have done in the past or would consider for the
future that would provide people incentives to become gas consumers. Ms. O'Hare reviewed the
City’s program to reduce and assist those who received cut-offs. She said there is still an
extensive marketing program for gas.
Ms. Smith applauded City staff for their work in reducing cut-offs.
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ORDINANCE: AMENDING AND REORDAINING CHAPTER 31 (UTILITIES)
OF THE CHARLOTTESVILLE CITY CODE, 1990, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO
CHANGES IN MISCELLANEOUS UTILITY FEES.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Ms. Galvin, the ordinance carried.
ORDINANCE: AMENDING AND REORDAINING CHAPTER 31 (UTILITIES) OF THE
CODE OF THE CITY OF CHARLOTTESVILLE, 1990, AS AMENDED, TO
ESTABLISH NEW UTILITY RATES AND SERVICE FEES FOR CITY GAS, WATER
AND SANITARY SEWER.
On motion by Ms. Szakos, seconded by Ms. Galvin, the ordinance carried.
REPORT: CHARLOTTESVILLE YOUTH COUNCIL (CYC) ANNUAL REPORT
Youth Council Annual Report
Ms. Gretchen Ellis introduced the Youth Council members present. Ms. Ramsey Byrne,
senior at Charlottesville High School (CHS), Ms. Cat Johnson, sophomore at CHS, Ms. Addie
Brown, sophomore at CHS, Ms. Ellen Yates, sophomore at CHS, Mr. Zach Greenhoe,
sophomore at CHS; Ms. Avion Saylor-Mills, junior at CHS; Mr. Inigo Drake, freshman at CHS,
and Mr. Wendell Santiago, junior at CHS, introduced themselves to Council.
Ms. Byrne said she and a few members of the CYC attended the National League of Cities
Conference in Austin, TX and were able to learn about what other youth councils around the
country were doing.
Mr. Greenhoe said on Saturday, May 2, the CYC held a community forum at City Space to
obtain input from their peers around the City from a variety of ages. He said it was successful
and they hope to repeat it in the future.
Ms. Brown and Ms. Yates said the achievement gap has been a primary focus for the CYC.
Ms. Yates noted disparities between the schools and the relationship to race.
Ms. Saylor-Mills and Mr. Santiago spoke about their participation in the AVID program
and said it should be more of a program, not an elective.
Ms. Brown spoke about unleveled classes and why she decided to take one. She said
unleveled classes should be promoted because they give students the opportunity to meet and
interact with other students you may not normally get to interact with and gives students the
opportunity to expand their horizons.
Ms. Johnson and Mr. Greenhoe spoke about the importance of educating the police force
on how to interact with the community and educate residents so they know the police are there to
help. Mr. Greenhoe said a lot of youth do not understand their rights with policemen and may not
know how to interact. One of their members pushed for an expansion of the blue light phones,
installed anywhere youth may be. They also support security cameras on the Downtown Mall.
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Ms. Byrne presented Mr. Arib Khan, the CYC’s UVA advisor, with a gift for his mentoring
over the past three years. Mr. Khan said it has been a great opportunity to work with the youth
and thanked them.
Ms. Smith thanked Ms. Byrne for her service and congratulated her on her graduation.
Ms. Galvin said the CYC should present to the School Board. Ms. Ellis said there were
several members of the School Board at the community forum meeting. Ms. Ellis sent a copy of
the CYC’s report to the Chair of the School Board and requested a meeting time, which will
probably be in the fall. The Chair also met with the group in February.
Mr. Fenwick commended the Youth Council for their work and said they are in a unique
position to help with the achievement gap discussion.
Ms. Smith congratulated them for their work and their discussion about tough questions.
She said Council is working on several of the issues the Youth Council brought up. Ms. Szakos
thanked the youth for their work and thanked them for giving their time to public service.
Mr. Huja thanked them for taking part in the community and encouraged them to follow up
on their work this fall.
RESOLUTION: CHARLOTTESVILLE AFFORDABLE HOUSING FUND (CAHF)
ASSISTANCE FOR THE PIEDMONT HOUSING ALLIANCE (PHA) DOWN PAYMENT
ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR ORANGEDALE AND PROSPECT NEIGHBORHOOD -
$181,125
CAHF Assistance for PHA
Ms. Kathy McHugh presented to Council. She gave an overview of the program.
Mr. Huja stated that he is on the PHA board but does not think it is a conflict for him to
participate in the discussion and vote, as he does not get paid.
Ms. Szakos asked about the money that went into the housing fund from the Cherry/Ridge
property. Ms. McHugh said this is all from the same pot and honors the spirit of what it was
intended for.
Ms. Galvin asked how they identify properties for the program. Ms. McHugh said the funds
are targeted to people, not properties. Ms. McHugh said AHIP has people on staff who provide
inspection services and write reports. They then work with staff to determine who needs funds.
Ms. Szakos asked if this money would cover the entire cost of repairs. Ms. McHugh said
this is what they envisioned would happen. Ms. Szakos said she wants to make sure they are not
unduly burdening AHIP. Ms. McHugh said Jennifer Jacobs, the Executive Director at AHIP, is
on board with this.
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On motion by Ms. Smith, seconded by Ms. Szakos, the resolution passed. (Ayes: Mr. Huja,
Ms. Smith, Ms. Galvin, Ms. Szakos, Mr. Fenwick; Noes: None.)
Council took a brief recess.
REPORT: HOME VISITING COLLABORATIVE REPORT
Home Visiting Collaborative Report
Ms. Judy Smith, Jefferson Area CHIP, and Ms. Jackie Bryant with Ready Kids presented to
Council. They discussed the CHIP mission and the Home Visiting Collaborative activities.
Mr. Fenwick asked them what their challenges are. Ms. Smith said it is expensive to serve
international families. Ms. Bryant said low income families often struggle with appropriate and
adequate resources to be good parents to their children.
Ms. Szakos asked if many dads participate in the programs. Ms. Smith said yes, any dads
or men in the home benefit from the program.
Ms. Smith asked how big their geographic area is. Ms. Smith said they serve
Charlottesville, Albemarle, and sites in Fluvanna and Louisa counties. She said their
Charlottesville and Albemarle teams work across boundaries.
Council thanked them for their work.
REPORT: WEST MAIN STREET ZONING INITIATION
West Main Street Zoning Initiation
Ms. Creasy and Ms. Rainey presented to Council. Ms. Mary Joy Scala was also present to
assist with questions.
Mr. Huja said he does not think form-based zoning in the City will work. He agreed with
staff regarding east/west height, parking, and bike lanes. He said we should remove density
requirements because it will allow for affordable housing options and can provide incentives. He
said the two properties at WM-1 should both be zoned WM-1 to be in keeping with the other
side.
Ms. Szakos said she is trying to understand reservations about form-based code, which
would enable people working on a project to be able to make discretionary decisions without
coming back several times for approval. Ms. Creasy confirmed that the biggest concern is that
the BAR would not have discretion, and there would be no ability to do SUPs. Ms. Creasy said
portions of the form-based code that were of interest would be that no SUPs are allowed on
height. Ms. Szakos said she agreed that the definition for an appurtenance needs to be addressed.
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Ms. Szakos said she would like to add something from the form based code about expanses
between buildings.
Ms. Galvin said she would add back as many elements as possible to get us to the same
place as a form-based code but by conventional means. She said she would like to revisit
transparency requirements.
Mr. Huja asked what the average number of times a significant project would go before the
BAR. Ms. Scala said most projects would come once for a preliminary discussion, then at least
once more for final approval. However, for large projects such as Market Plaza, there is a lot of
detail to cover, and the applicants came back four to five times.
Ms. Galvin said parking should be located at the rear or side yard of buildings and has
direct bearing on the safety and quality of a walkable space. Ms. Creasy said that is already a
requirement in the standard zoning currently in place. Ms. Galvin said height requirements of 60'
for WM-1 and 40' for WM-2 should be included. Mr. Huja said he would prefer a 40' setback all
across the way. Ms. Galvin said she would agree to this. Ms. Galvin confirmed that screening of
the outdoor storage and mechanicals are required. She said we should discuss streetscape
standards. Ms. Creasy said these elements are not specific to the form-based code. She said the
West Main streetscape plan will come before Council next month. Ms. Galvin asked for
clarification on what types of residential units would be allowed along the West Main corridor.
Ms. Smith asked when the code would apply to existing structures. Ms. Creasy said if there
is a footprint change, zoning would be a primary consideration. Staff works closely with the
BAR. Ms. Scala clarified that this will not change the BAR’s review of historic buildings.
Ms. Smith said she is concerned Charlottesville will look too homogenized if we get too
restrictive.
Mr. Fenwick said he has not heard from the development committee, the BAR, or the
Planning Commission, and we will have to have this conversation all over again. He said we
should be voting on policy, and work out the details at a work session. The people of the City
should decide how they want the City to look and not have it decided by consultants.
Ms. Szakos and Ms. Galvin said this is a discussion to tee up the conversation on the
process that will take 100 days. Ms. Smith said knowing worst case scenarios would be helpful
before removing any density restrictions.
Ms. Galvin said there is a sense of urgency here, because remaining parcels on West Main
Street will soon disappear, and we need to get the massing and scale right.
OTHER BUSINESS
Mr. Huja said the work session on May 21 will begin at 5:30 p.m. as Ms. Galvin requested.
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Ms. Smith asked for a profile of the respondents demographically compared to our City for
the National Citizen’s Survey.
MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC
Ms. Rebecca Quinn, 104 4th St., said she heard about this 100 day deadline. She said she
sees it in the city code, and what does it take to be modified if this causes problems?
Adjourned.

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