The meeting I most look forward to this week is the joint meeting of the Albemarle Board of Supervisors, Charlottesville City Council and top officials at the University of Virginia. A year ago, the two localities agreed to dissolve a public advisory body called the Planning and Coordination Council. The PACC was created after a 1986 agreement between the three entities about how they would coordinate land use planning. The plan was to meet a year later in a joint meeting.
The community has called for more affordable housing, and several major projects are on the dockets at local meetings this week.
In the rhythm of our local government, the second full week of a month is usually a bit more slow. Yet, there are key meetings worth knowing about so you can listen to the discussions.
Even at this moment of heightened uncertainty after seven months of the pandemic, local government in our area continues to move along under conditions that have shifted. This week features major meetings with items ranging from the climate action plan in Albemarle to a look at the many Council-appointed commissions in Charlottesville. Consider paying extra attention to local issues this week.
We’re approaching the end of the seventh month of this life-changing year. It has now been four and a half months since the beginning of the pandemic. Yet the business of local and state government goes on, even as local governments push for a return for more precautions to be in place to limit human contact. More and more meetings are making the transition to virtual, increasing the need for more scrutiny and review.
Our community, state and country all face an uncertain future as a series of crises continues. The pandemic is straining every aspect of society. Many continue to risk becoming infected to protect systemic racism, demanding new forms of accountability. The threat of a world altered by climate change requires adaptation and resilience.
It’s back to another full week, but Charlottesville City Council’s summer break sets the tone for a relatively quiet five days.
Do you know of anything happening Thursday or Friday? How are you faring in these early days of middler summer? Drop me a line and let me know what you think the community should know.