What’s coming up in Charlottesville the week of 1/21

What’s coming up in Charlottesville the week of 1/21

Each week, the news team takes 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.

It’s a short week because of MLK Day, so a lot of city and county meetings are crammed into a few days.

  • The Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority meets at 2:15pm Tuesday at its Moores Creek Lane headquarters. Besides going over ongoing projects and introducing a four-year capital improvement program, the board will discuss funding for the StreamWatch program.
  • The Albemarle County Planning Commission meets from 4-8pm Tuesday in the Lane Auditorium at the County Office Building on McIntire Road. They’ll discuss updates to the Comprehensive Plan, among other items.
  • The Charlottesville Planning Commission also meets Tuesday, from 5-7pm in the Neighborhood Development Services conference room at City Hall. They’ll also be reviewing the Comprehensive Plan—they’re reviewing the chapters on transportation and on urban design and historic preservation—and there will be a 15-minute public comment period.
  • Should you be inclined to meeting-hop, the Charlottesville City Council meets Tuesday from 7-10pm. On the agenda: $3 million for city school science labs, a grant application for a bridge over the railroad in McIntire Park, a first reading of a new towing ordinance, and a funding request for the  Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.
  • From 10:30am to noon Wednesday, there will be a community forum on the Western Bypass at C’ville Coffee on Harris Street. From Charlottesville Tomorrow: “Erich Zimmermann, of the Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS), and Jim Bacon, former editor of Virginia Business and presently CEO of BaconsRebellion, will discuss fiscal aspects of the 6.2 mile, 4-lane highway planned to bisect eight existing neighborhoods and run within a quarter mile of six area schools.”
  • At 4pm the same day, the Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization policy board will meet at the Water Street Center. In addition to discussion of the current legislative session and a presentation to the C0mmonwealth Transportation Board, there will be three public hearings: One on the board’s public participation plan, one on an MPO boundary change, and one on improvements to the Route 29/Route 250 interchange.
  • On Thursday, OpenGrounds Corner Studio holds a public discussion event titled “Concept of the City.” Bill Sherman, founding director of the interdisciplinary project, will host what will be the first in a four-month series bringing together UVA faculty, students, and community members to talk about the future of city planning.