What’s coming up the week of August 12?

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Notes from the news desk. File photo. Notes from the news desk. File photo.

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 in the comments section.

  • Albemarle County will hold an open house on possible changes to development regulations on critical slopes from 4-6pm Tuesday in Lane Auditorium at the County Office Building on McIntire Road. Staff will offer information to the public on changes to the county’s critical slopes ordinance, and an Albemarle County Planning Commission work session will follow.
  • The Charlottesville Planning Commission will meet from 5:30-7pm Tuesday, August 13 in City Council Chambers. On the agenda:  a public hearing on a special use permit application that would allow a density increase at 925 E. Market St., site of a planned 56-unit residential and commercial space; and another hearing on zoning code amendments regarding planned unit developments in the city. An hour-long work session held in the Neighborhood Development conference room will precede the meeting.
  • The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors will hold a work session and meeting from 3-8pm Wednesday at the County Office Building on McIntire. The agenda includes hearings on a special use permit for the conversion of a Rock Branch Road house into a church and on a higher-density rezoning request for the Avon II development on Avon Extended.
  • The second annual Bike Walk Play JPA event will be held on Saturday, August 17. The open-street block party will begin at 9am, and will feature games and activities for all ages and skill levels, and local vendors. So grab your unicycle, rollerblades, hula hoop, or crowd-friendly pet, and join your neighbors in the street on Saturday morning.
  • The Downtown Mall will be bustling at 6pm Saturday, August 17, with a back-to-school festival. Hosted by Charlottesville City Schools, HYPE, and City of Promise, the event will feature music and entertainment from local groups, information tables, prizes, free haircuts, and sports physicals. Organizers are also hoping to give away 1,500 stocked backpacks. The event is being sponsored by the University of Virginia, Farmington Country Club, and Virginia National Bank.
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