Charlottesville and Albemarle County are currently at work on comprehensive plans that will, in part, determine how to expand and use the land. The League of Women Voters of Charlottesville held a seminar Sunday at CitySpace, to educate and encourage people to know just what might be going into those plans.

The league said they hope all voters will understand why it is so important to have a plan.

Months into city council meetings, where comprehensive plans have been worked and reworked, some people in Charlottesville have found themselves asking questions.

“What’s the importance of city planning? What does that really mean, you know why do we do it, and is it really effective?” said Pat Cochran, the president of League of Women Voters of Charlottesville.

At that workshop, one of the big issues discussed was how Charlottesville and Albemarle can go green. One speaker, Karen Firehock, works with both the city of Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

“I have been doing some work for Charlottesville and Albemarle, helping them map some of their green resources and make plans for how to incorporate them in comprehensive planning,” said Karen Firehock. “Things like tree canopy, which you know we might take our trees for granted but one way to think about our trees is they're providing oxygen which I really enjoy. They're also cleaning the air, so even at the neighborhood scale they'll remove all organic compounds there’s less respiratory illness.”

Getting voters involved in the planning on a local level could help going green be put into action.

“Part of our mission of the League of Women Voters is to have a more informed electorate to make a better democracy and help people understand what’s going on in the community and how their community works,” said Cochran.

That seminar was part of a series that the League of Women Voters of Charlottesville hosts throughout the year. Each seminar is open to the public.