Each week, the news team will be taking a look at upcoming meetings and events in Charlottesville and Albemarle we think you should know about. Consider it a look into our datebook, and be sure to share newsworthy happenings, too.
Both the city and county Planning Commissions meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. The city‘s got the more exciting lineup: a public hearing on the Black Market Moto Saloon’s request for a special use permit that would allow it to hold music events. The controversy over whether concerts should be allowed in the Market and Meade neighborhood—and the public shutdown of the Moto Saloon after it held a show without a permit—has sparked a lot of debate.
The county commission is set to review requests from the Free Union Baptist Church to expand its footprint, from a Crozet preschool to more than double its student capacity, and from a learning center off 29 North to enroll four more kids.
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors meets Wednesday, and will decide on whether to approve some amendments to plans for the future Wegman’s shopping center off Avon. When the issue came before the County Planning Commission last month, there was a heated discussion over whether the county should be able to dictate the management of an old dump site on the property. The development firm, one of Coran Capshaw’s companies, wants the state Department of Environmental Quality to dictate what happens to the landfill, but county planning staff argued that the site is a liability, and local oversight—and possibly more cleanup—is needed.
Also coming up this week is a panel discussion at UVA centered on what’s next for the University in the wake of President Sullivan’s attempted ouster this summer. Titled “The June Events and After: The Future of the University,” the event, which runs from 4:30 to 6pm Wednesday at Nau Hall, was organized by the Faculty Senate and the Institute of Humanities and Global Studies. The panelist lineup should ensure an interesting discussion: It includes Faculty Senate Chair George Cohen, former Curry School of Education Dean and Economics Professor David Breneman, Media Studies Chair Siva Vaidhyanathan, Global Development Studies Director and Anthropology Professor Richard Handler, Associate Director for the Center for Global Health Rebecca Dillingham, Board of Visitors’ student representative Hilary Hurd, and politics PhD candidate and anti-ouster organizer Suzie McCarthy. If you can’t make it in person, you can listen in via WUVA Online.
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