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County Offices Closed in Observance of Presidents' Day
Albemarle County offices will be closed on Monday, February 20, 2017, in observance of Presidents' Day. Offices will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 21.

City of Charlottesville & Albemarle County Join National Program to Reduce Solar Energy Costs
The City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County have recently teamed up and joined an elite cohort of cities and counties participating in SolSmart, a national program that guides localities in lowering the costs and barriers for the community to go solar and encourages solar energy development. Read on...

Albemarle County Preparing Budget for Fiscal Year 2018
It's peak budget season in Albemarle County and we're eager to engage with you, our community, on budget priorities. Throughout February, March, and April, there will be many opportunities for you to stay informed and give feedback on the budget review process. All Board meetings will be held at the County Office Building, 401 McIntire Road, in either the Lane Auditorium or in Room 241. Board meetings will also be video-streamed, so you can watch live or at a later time from your computer or mobile device. Visit for the most up-to-date information. Read on...

Albemarle County Mails 2017 Reassessment Notices
Albemarle County is sending 2017 Change of Assessment notices to taxpayers this week reflecting changes in property values resulting from the County's recently completed annual reassessment. Read on...

Board of Supervisors Appoints Walker as Interim County Executive
The Board of Supervisors is pleased to announce the appointment of Douglas C. “Doug” Walker as Interim County Executive for Albemarle County effective February 1, 2017. Read on...

Albemarle Goes Platinum in Virginia Municipal League’s Green Government Challenge
Albemarle County has received a platinum level certification in the 2016 Green Government Challenge, which is part of the Virginia Municipal League’s (VML) larger Go Green Virginia environmental initiative that kicked off in late 2007. This is the ninth year that Albemarle County has received a certification from VML’s Green Government Challenge. Read on...

Charlottesville Area Named One of "17 Places You Must Visit in 2017" by Expedia
The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau is excited to announce that the trusted travel website Expedia has named the Charlottesville area one of the “17 places you must visit in 2017.” Charlottesville, VA is in fact the very first destination mentioned in this list of U.S. destinations, which also includes Newport, RI; Boulder, CO; and Columbus, OH. Read on...

How Would You Shape Albemarle's Future Economy?
A Community Conversation Hosted by County Supervisors Diantha McKeel and Brad Sheffield

Albemarle County is facing critical choices about how our approach to economic development should evolve to ensure a vibrant, sustainable economy of the future that reflects community preferences and values. The community is invited to attend this discussion to learn more about the basics of economic development, meet the County's cross functional economic development team, and join the critical conversation about where our future economy should be heading. The meeting will begin with a short presentation, followed by community discussion moderated by Supervisors McKeel and Sheffield. Read on...

County Business and Tax Law Changes
As tax season approaches, the Albemarle County Finance Department wants to alert business owners to certain County license and tax law changes, adopted by the Board of Supervisors following a public hearing in July, 2016. These changes went into effect on January 1, 2017, and will apply to the business filings due in early 2017. Businesses that file their license applications and property tax returns by the respective due dates are unlikely to be affected by many of these changes. Read on...

Rt. 795 Bridge to Close for Rehabilitation January 23
Once complete, bridge weight restriction will be removed

Beginning Jan. 23, the Virginia Department of Transportation will close the Route 795 (Blenheim Road) bridge over Hardware River in Albemarle County to replace the current timber deck truss structure. The bridge, located 2.7 miles south of Route 708 (Secretarys Road), will be closed through substantial completion of the project on or before the Oct. 30 contracted end date. Read on...

County Offices Closed in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Albemarle County offices will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2017, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Offices will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 17.

Albemarle County Fire Rescue Hosting County-wide Volunteer Recruiting Events
New Year, New Resolution, New Family and Friends – Volunteer with Us Today

This Saturday, January 14, 2017, Albemarle County Fire Rescue is hosting open houses at all fire-rescue stations throughout the County. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet their local firefighters and EMTs, see the apparatus, have tours of the stations, and sign up to volunteer! Both operational and administrative volunteers are needed.

Albemarle County Acquisition of Conservation Easements Program Acquires Two New Properties
Permanently Protecting an Additional 292 Acres from Development

Albemarle County now boasts 9,284 acres of permanently protected land with its recent acquisition of two new easements: Brigish and Moon.  Both enrolled in the Acquisition of Conservation Easements (ACE) program in October, 2015. Read on...

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Winter/Spring Training
The Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle County Office of Emergency Management is offering FREE Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) emergency preparedness training beginning in January. The Level 1 orientation for the CERT program will be held on four evenings: Thursday, January 12 in Charlottesville; Tuesday, February 7 in Crozet; Thursday, February 23 in Keswick and Tuesday, March 7 in Scottsville from 6 to 9 pm. The Level 1 training orients citizens on regional hazards, personal preparedness, and elements of fire safety and medical operations. Read on...

Board Selects New Chair, Vice Chair
The Board of Supervisors conducted its first meeting of 2017 and as part of their organizational activities they elected Diantha McKeel, representative from the Jack Jouett District, to a one year term as Chair. Norman Dill, representative from the Rivanna District, was elected as Vice Chair.

Additionally, Claudette Borgersen and Travis Morris were appointed as Clerk to the Board of Supervisors and Senior Deputy Clerk to the Board of Supervisors, respectively.