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Albemarle, Charlottesville City Planners Work to Improve Joint Vision Statement

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Albemarle County and Charlottesville city planners sat down Tuesday evening to try to agree on ways to make the community more livable and sustainable, and came up with a few changes.

The meeting was about hashing out details, from simple word changes to adding new things into the mix, including more collaboration with the University of Virginia.

The main goal was coming to an agreement on the language of their joint vision statement for the area.

"All of the things such as entrance, corridors, the environment, the Rivanna River, parks and rec - that's what really makes it livable," said Cal Morris, Albemarle Planning Commission chair.

They took a very detailed look at the proposed vision statements, tightened up the language and expanded on a few different areas.

"The comprehensive plans will be with the city and the county for a number of years and we share in our planning when we update our plan and so I think we all take that as a commitment to try to live by the intentions and the visions that are stated in there," said UVA architect David Neuman.

Members said they want a focus on local foods and small businesses added to the vision. Another topic, brought up numerous times, was collaborating with UVA.

"I think the university is very interested in continuing to collaborate and coordinate and work together with the city and the county because we all know it's in our mutual interest to do that," Neuman said.

They say a lot was accomplished and they can begin to move forward.

"I think it was a very good session tonight I think it showed a lot of trust in each other I think that's a very strong and healthy sign for the region," Neuman said.

Tuesday night's proposed changes will be incorporated into one final document. Both planning commissions will come together again in mid-January to approve it. They will then add it to both of their comprehensive plans.

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