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Charlottesville Invites Community to Weigh in on City Street Design

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City of Charlottesville Press Release

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - From May 27, 2014 through May 30, City of Charlottesville staff and the Toole Design Group will be hosting a series of meetings as part of a design charrette on City Street Design.

A charrette is an intense design phase or workshop during which feedback is sought from project stakeholders, including the general public.

There will be four opportunities to take part in the charrette (all events will be held at CitySpace):

May 27th
5:30 p.m- Ian Lockwood Presentation

May 29th
11:00 am - 1:00 pm - Drop In Discussion
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm - Drop In Discussion

May 30th
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm - Final Presentation

The City Street Design project, or Complete Streets, is an extension of a February 2014 City Council affirmation that the street design process should reflect the transportation, economic, social, recreational and ecological needs that must be considered when deciding on the most appropriate design.

The public is invited to attend a kickoff meeting on Tuesday, May 27 to learn about the process and hear a presentation from Ian Lockwood on the topic of Livable Streets. Mr Lockwood is a recognized leader in sustainable transportation policy and urban design. His work includes walkability projects, policy reform, shared spaces and designing main streets, campuses and downtowns.

Drop in times are scheduled on Thursday, May 29 from 11:00 am -1:00 pm and from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm for public to review progress and provide feedback. Revised drawings based on public input will be available for review and comment on May 30that a final presentation from 4:30-5:30 pm. All events will be hosted at CitySpace.

Throughout the summer, city staff will be reviewing relevant City ordinances and engineering standards that affect the way our streets are designed to achieve the vision set out during the street design charrette.

A final plan that will include the results of the policy audit and charrette will be completed by June 2015.

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