Charlottesville–Right Now: Brian Wheeler on Charlottesville elections, Hollymead Town Center, Avon Center

Brian Wheeler of Charlottesville Tomorrow joins Coy Barefoot on the March 6 edition of WINA’s Charlottesville–Right Now. They began the show with a run down of the declared candidates for the November 2007 local elections related to City Council and the Board of Supervisors. City Democrat Jennifer McKeever made her announcement earlier in the day to become the first candidate for City Council.

Brian previewed two items before the Albemarle County Planning Commission later that evening. The first was a rezoning request related to the Avon Center, a commercial development on 5th street which would bring a major grocery store and a home improvement store to the South side of town. The second was a rezoning in the Hollymead Town Center (known as area A2) to allow for 1,228 homes on 47 acres.

Coy and Brian also talked about the transportation infrastructure called for in the Places29 Master Plan currently being reviewed by the community and scheduled for approval in late 2007. A caller asks if public participation in these meetings really makes a difference and Brian gave examples of situations in Hollymead Town Center where 1-2 individuals speaking on a project have dramatically changed the thinking and votes of the Planning Commission. He encouraged the public to get involved.

The show closed with a discussion of the 820 new jobs expected to be brought from Washington, D.C. to Charlottesville’s National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC) in 2011.

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