Albemarle Co. & Charlottesville Leaders Attend Joint Meeting at CitySpace
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Elected leaders in Albemarle County and Charlottesville are talking about how they can work together on road projects, housing and more. A joint meeting started on Monday afternoon inside CitySpace on the Downtown Mall.
Early on discussions revolved around how housing works in both jurisdictions and how to best make sure vouchers can be used in the region. One of the final points up for discussion surrounded bike and pedestrian accessibility on Old Lynchburg Road.
“We realize that we have to work together on this. It's a big enough population that it's going to cross over jurisdictions. When you're trying to find affordable housing you don't know the boundaries of a political entity or a city or a county,” said Albemarle County Board of Supervisors chairman, Ned Galloway.
“I think that through conversations with the county we can better understand how we're tackling that voucher piece regionally as well as how many of them were actually able to use and what are some of the barriers in place both in the county and the city,” said Heather Hill, vice mayor for the city of Charlottesville.
Right now, the meeting is focusing on sharing information about these topics, rather than making any formal decisions or implementing new policies. The idea is to make sure the two jurisdictions are coordinated before taking any formal votes.
Joint meetings are now held quarterly to allow for that collaboration.