Charlottesville-Right Now: Brian Wheeler

Brian Wheeler, Executive Director of Charlottesville Tomorrow joined Charlottesville Right Now to discuss growth and development issues. This week on the show:

  • New candidates for Supervisor and City Council! City Democrats will hold an “unassembled caucus” on May 9. Madison Cummings will run for the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors’ seat currently held by Sally Thomas, as reported by Charlottesville Tomorrow. Independents have until June 9 to get on the ballot, and there is one independent candidate who is exploring this possibility. City Republicans have not scheduled a nominating caucus.
  • Downtown Mall renovations are moving along well, and are on track to finish by the end of April
  • City Council discusses capital budget; Planning Commission’s call to cut Meadowcreek Parkway funding is omitted (Charlottesville Tomorrow)
  • An update on the Whole Foods planned for the corner of Hillsdale Drive Extended and Hydraulic

Charlottesville-Right Now: 2-10-2009 Brian Wheeler

Brian Wheeler, Executive Director of Charlottesville Tomorrow joined Charlottesville Right Now to discuss local elections and growth & development issues. This week on the show:

  • Brian and Coy discuss the best meals they’ve had recently, including the best places to have lunch in Charlottesville
  • This year’s local elections are getting underway, and Charlottesville Tomorrow is beginning to track the various candidates on their Election Watch 2009 page. Two candidates have declared in the County, and one will declare in the City this Saturday. Rodney Thomas will seek the Republican nomination for the Rio District, and John Lowry will run for the Samuel Miller District but has not yet officially announced. Kristen Szakos is running for the Democratic nomination for two seats on the Charlottesville City Council.
  • Albemarle County Board of Supervisors were recently given the results of the County’s biennial satisfaction survey. (Charlottesville Tomorrow reports)
  • New Whole Foods not delayed, according to C-Ville Weekly

Growth and development update with Sean Tubbs

Sean Tubbs, Program Officer for Charlottesville Tomorrow, filling in for Brian Wheeler, recaps the week’s growth and development news. On the July 29 edition of the show:
* Coy and Sean talk about the mission of Charlottesville Tomorrow.
* The most recent City Planning Commission meeting went until 2:30 AM. Coy points out that attending public hearings after midnight is problematic for most citizens.
* At that meeting, the Commission approved the mixed-use Grove Square project.; Sean gives the what, where, and how.
* A bed and breakfast proposed for the intersection of Emmett St. and JPA was deferred by the Commission.
* The Commission recommended approval of Whole Foods’ application to move from Shopper’s World to the intersection of Hydraulic Road and Hillsdale Drive Extended, next to Kmart. Sean and Coy talk with each other, and with a caller, about the traffic implications.
* Sean and Coy talk about the long term intersection of the community’s transportation and water supply infrastructure needs.