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Albemarle Neighborhoods Gather for Town Hall Meeting

Posted: Updated: Jan 14, 2013 10:23 PM EST

Albemarle County's Citizen Advisory Councils are tasked with representing their neighborhoods. Monday, they had their annual meeting with the county to discuss issues relevant to their area.

This is the third year that the councils from Crozet, Places29, Pantops and the Village of Rivanna met with the county. It was a chance for them to update each other on past and current issues.

"It's a really good opportunity for citizens from different perspectives, different parts of the county but who all have some common interest in understanding what's going on," said Albemarle County spokeswoman Lee Catlin.

The appointed councils first met together and then split into their respective groups.

Monday night was also a fresh start for the Places29 Council, which has had some trouble in the past getting started.

Henry Weinschenk, a member of that council, said, "So far, I guess we haven't accomplished much but we hope that we eventually get started and we can do something to improve the urban aspect of 29."

The group says it hopes to start working out the details to make the area along Route 29 a more desirable place.

"We'd like to see pedestrian crossings, better street lighting, better bus stops, shelters—more of an urban feel," Weinschenk said.

The Place29 Council discussed what needs to be done about buildings that were started and not completed, and what will happen with the old Regal Cinemas movie theater.

The other councils focused more on comprehensive plan changes. The county says these meetings are always helpful.

"I think the best outcome is a chance for all the groups to come together and have an opportunity to kind of speak and exchange ideas about what's going on in the different master planning areas," said Ken Boyd, an Albemarle County supervisor.

At the meeting there were also updates on public safety, county projects and the county's emergency preparedness methods.

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