CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Charlottesville city planners are taking necessary steps in an effort to bring more public housing units to the city.

Planners met on Tuesday, March 5, and approved an application to classify a new development as a subdivision.

At the meeting, the Charlottesville Redevelopment Housing Authority (CRHA) asked the planning commission to approve an application to classify the field along South First Street as a subdivision.

This classification is necessary because developers need to extend public utilities for the 63 new apartments they plan to build near the intersection of South First Street and Hartmans Mill Road.

These public housing units will be operated by CRHA, which is the same group that operates Crescent Halls.

On Monday night, Charlottesville City Council approved a critical slopes waiver to help move this project along.

“We don't have any discretion in this so this is not a design, it's not a site plan, it's not a special-use permit, what we do is we have to look at this and base it off our subdivision ordinance,” Lisa Greene, the chair of the planning commission, said.

Missy Creasy, the assistant director of Neighborhood Development Services, says the planning commission is required to approve this subdivision application as long as planners feel that all zoning requirements are met.

Now that this application has been approved, the developer can now move forward and work further toward the goal of breaking ground on this project in December.