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One Community Conversations Kick Off at CitySpace

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Wednesday night, dozens of people showed up for the first of several "One Community" conversations at CitySpace.  The goal is to have the city of Charlottesville and Albemarle County work together to provide a stronger community, but a critical part of the project is your feedback.

The public had the chance to see where we are with creating the comprehensive plans and discuss the changes they want to see in the near future.

"I think it's a good start to getting some information for the planning commissions on how residents feel about these topics," project manager Summer Frederick said. 

Staff members of the Livable Communities Project say if the goal is to build one community, you have to hear from the people who live in it.

"I'm concerned about how the city and county will grow in the rest of 21st century," said Nancy Carpenter, a meeting participant.  "What kind of vision they want to incorporate as to how economically we grow and how we preserve our history."

People living in both Charlottesville and Albemarle County were able to take an up-close look at the eight topic areas where both the city and county agreed to work together.  Those included economic development, transportation, and land use.  Attendees were separated into two small groups to discuss any issues about the proposed language.

Carpenter said, "I think the transportation issues, so that inlying areas are served across the board inclusively and that we also look at people who live outside of the city boundaries."

Project managers say they weren't looking for a consensus.  They just wanted to have a springboard on how to move forward.

Frederick said, "There was a lot of discussion about how we look at these topics individually for conversation purposes, but the planning for these can't be done in a vacuum that on some level they all interconnect."

No decisions were made Wednesday night, as it was just a conversation.  The same format will take place at the other three meetings.  Click here for schedule of those talks. 

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