Global warming has become such a mainstream concern that it’s attracting the attention of several local groups. The League of Women Voters in Charlottesville/Albemarle chose the topic for its February meeting, with a discussion on what local governments can do to respond to the phenomenon.
The two speakers are former Charlottesville Mayor Maurice Cox, and former Albemarle County Supervisor David Bowerman.
Bowerman served on the county planning commission in the nineteen-eighties before joining the Board of Supervisors in 1989. He chaired the Local Sustainability Council from 1994 to 1998. Maurice Cox served on the Charlottesville City Council for eight years, ending his term in 2004 after a two-year stint as Mayor. He came to Charlottesville to teach architecture at the University of Virginia. He focuses on urban design issues in his teaching, and is a frequent speaker across the nation, extolling the virtues of the city’s downtown pedestrian mall.
Callers had questions on the number of residential units proposed for the Places29 area and on plans for improving roads around Pantops. Carter Myers, former member of the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB), called in to explain his past support for the Western Bypass for Route 29 and the reason he voted against pursuing grade-separated interchanges at intersections like Hydraulic Road and Route 29.
Charlottesville Tomorrow is a non-partisan community organization that focuses on land use, transportation and community design issues in Charlottesville and Albemarle. Executive Director Brian Wheeler joins Coy Barefoot each week on WINAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s CharlottesvilleÃ¢â‚¬â€œRight Now to update listeners on growth and development issues.