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Notice of Temporary Sidewalk Closure - Crozet Ave North
The sidewalk between St. George Ave and the Crozet Elementary School will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, May 25, starting at 9 a.m. and will reopen on Thursday, May 26 afternoon prior to school letting out to install the stormwater structure at the Parrott Branch creek. Originally this work was scheduled to be completed in one day during school hours. However, unsuitable soils were discovered and will require undercutting and installation of riprap, stone, and geotextile to stabilize the foundation before setting of the structure can occur. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Albemarle County Beaches Will Open for Memorial Day Weekend

Local residents can rediscover affordable family fun at Albemarle County’s three swimming beaches this summer. On Saturday, May 28, swimming beaches at Chris Greene, Walnut Creek and Mint Springs open for the three-day holiday weekend. Beaches are open daily from Memorial Day Weekend thru Labor Day Weekend, except when Albemarle County Schools are in session. This year, swimming will be available daily beginning on Wednesday, June 8.

Crozet Ave North Sidewalk Update
Work has been slightly delayed on this phase of the project because of rainy weather over the last several weeks. Read on to learn more about what to expect over the next two weeks.

Albemarle County Planning Commission to Hold Public Hearing on Potential Amendments to the CIP

The Albemarle County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at 6 pm in Lane Auditorium at the County Office Building on McIntire Road, to take comments on potential amendments to the County’s adopted Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).

Crozet and Pantops Sidewalks Projects Update
This VDOT Revenue Sharing project is generally described as sidewalk improvements along State Farm Boulevard (SR 1117), South Pantops Drive (SR 1140), and Crozet Avenue N (SR 810).
Work has started on the Crozet Ave N. sidewalk project. Construction activities to date and scheduled to occur within the next few weeks are as follows:
  • Water line installation has started and final connections are scheduled to occur next week. The Albemarle County Service Authority has contacted affected customers and has been on the job site daily during this phase of work.
  • Storm piping and structure installation will occur over the next few weeks. This work will require temporary sidewalk interruptions, but these interruptions will occur after school has started in the morning and will be completed before school lets out in the afternoon to maintain safe and convenient access for students.
  • Excavation and removal activities will begin sometime over the next few weeks.
Please note this schedule is contingent on average weather projections and may be delayed if rainfall exceeds average precipitation amounts.

Dedication Ceremony for New Regional Firearms Training Center Held May 12, 2016
On Thursday, May 12, 2016, regional partners Albemarle County, Charlottesville, and the University of Virginia unveiled the new Regional Firearms Training Center. The center will provide a state-of-the-art training environment, honing skills in situational awareness and decision-making, to provide a safe and effective law enforcement response to the type of complex threats facing law enforcement today and into the future. This new regional training facility is the result of a strong partnership between the County of Albemarle, the City of Charlottesville, and the University of Virginia.

Albemarle County Announces Hiring of Chief of Police
Albemarle County has named Ron Lantz as Chief of Police effective June 1, 2016.  Currently, Major Lantz serves as Albemarle’s Deputy Chief of Police where, since 2012, he has assisted the Chief of Police in planning and directing the many activities of the Albemarle County Police Department including providing supervision for 115 of the 129 sworn officers in the functional areas of patrol, traffic, school resource, crime prevention, and animal control. In addition, Major Lantz has been responsible for leading the implementation of the County’s Geographic Based Policing initiative which was launched in 2012.

Albemarle County Tax Bills are Due Monday, June 6, 2016
Albemarle County tax bills for personal property and real estate are due Monday June 6th, 2016. If you have any questions, have not received your Personal Property or Real Property tax bill(s), or if you have a vehicle, trailer, boat or airplane located in Albemarle County that is not listed on your bill, please contact the Finance Department at (434) 296-5851 or before the deadline.

Tourism Bureau Announces 2016-17 Tourism Sponsorship Grant Program
The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau (CACVB) today announced the 2016-17 Tourism Sponsorship Grant Program is now open, with Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 5:00 p.m., as the deadline for submitting completed applications. To be considered for funding, the activity and/or event must occur between July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017, which is the new fiscal year for the CACVB. Those interested in applying can access information on how to apply by going to

Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards Dedicate Landmark Tree at County Office Building
Today is Arbor Day and to celebrate, the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards presented a small plaque of recognition for the large Pin Oak on the front lawn of the County Office Building on McIntire Road in Charlottesville. Dan Fowley (certified Arborist and member of the Tree Stewards) was present to receive the plaque on behalf of the County. Every Arbor Day the Tree Stewards designate a “Landmark Tree.” Last year, a similar plaque was presented for the American Elm at the County courthouse.

“It is important that municipalities, organizations, and citizens take part in the planting and maintenance of our green infrastructure,” said Dan Fowley, Albemarle County Grounds Superintendent. “By preserving these natural resources, future generations will be able to enjoy the beauty and benefits of these spectacular gifts of nature as well as help keep the planet and the people that live on it healthy.”

Albemarle County Announces 29 Express Route Starting May 2
Albemarle County is pleased to announce the launch of its new 29 express commuter bus route. Starting Monday, May 2, 2016, the 29 Express commuter route will run from the Forest Lakes/Hollymead area to UVA and the Downtown Library. The fare will be free during May and June and will be $1.50 starting July 1, 2016. The route will begin at 7:00am and 8:00am and return at 4:40pm and 5:20pm. A full map and schedule can be found at the website -

2015 Annual Community Report

Virginia Cooperative Extension Announces its 2016 Drinking Water Clinic
This May, affordable water testing and information about water quality and well and spring care and maintenance will be offered for homeowners through the Virginia Cooperative Extension office in Albemarle County/Charlottesville City. The goal of the Virginia Household Water Quality Program is to improve the water quality and health of Virginians with private water supplies, including wells, springs and cisterns. Drinking water clinics are held to provide people with private water systems access to affordable water testing, help interpreting their water test results, and information about possible treatment options. For more information about the 2016 Drinking Water Clinic, click here.

Albemarle County Announces Appointment of County Attorney
Albemarle County has named Greg Kamptner as County Attorney effective June 1, 2016. Mr. Kamptner joined the Albemarle County Attorney’s Office in 1995, most recently serving as Deputy County Attorney. With over 20 years of experience with Albemarle County and an additional 12 years in other local governments, Mr. Kamptner brings to this role a broad knowledge of relevant statutes, regulations, and case law applicable to local governments including expertise in land use law; significant experience ranging from various elements of public finance to social services; and a thorough understanding of local governmental powers, the Dillon Rule, relevant Constitutional principles, the Freedom of Information Act, and the Conflict of Interests Act.

Albemarle County Announces Hiring of Assessor
After a rigorous recruitment and applicant screening process by the County, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors has appointed Peter Lynch as County Assessor effective April 6, 2016. Prior to this promotion, Mr. Lynch has served as Albemarle’s Assistant County Assessor since 2015 where he directly managed the reorganization of the Land Use Application process and oversaw improvements to the organization and accounting of building permits. During his time with the County, Peter also worked very closely with an International Association of Assessment Officers (IAAO) consultant and staff to develop a field guide for appraisers, and has been an integral part of the team working on the County’s new Computer Aided Mass Appraisal (CAMA) System. He approaches his work always with an eye towards continuing to ensure uniformity and equity in the County’s real estate assessment process.

Albemarle County Local Government Offices Closed on Wednesday
Albemarle County Local Government offices will be closed on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 in observance of Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday. However, the Board of Supervisors will be meeting at 3:00 PM in the Lane Auditorium of the County Office Building on McIntire Road, when they will finalize their Fiscal Year 2017 Budget discussions and conduct a work session on the Capital Improvement Program Bond Referendum. Click here for agenda information.

Albemarle County Finance Department Awarded Excellence in Financial Reporting Designation by GFOA
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to County of Albemarle by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. This marks the 21st consecutive year Albemarle has received this award.

Charlottesville & Albemarle County Feature an Array of Festivals Again this Spring
Charlottesville and Albemarle County will feature a great selection of local festivals in the upcoming weeks. These festivals will celebrate everything from innovation and wine to flowers, steeple chase races and gardens. Taste of Monticello Wine Trail, Dogwood Festival, Tom Tom Founders Festival, Foxfield Spring Races, Historic Garden Week, and the Festival of Cultures are getting ready to engage locals and visitors alike.

Share Your Input with VDOT on Transportation Project Funding
Comments invited in person on April 12, via correspondence by May 27

The Virginia Department of Transportation invites residents of central Virginia to weigh in on transportation projects recommended for funding through a data-driven prioritization process known as House Bill 2. A formal public hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 at the VDOT Culpeper District Office, 1601 Orange Road, Culpeper. Comments are also welcomed by email to or by mail to VDOT Infrastructure Investment Director, 1401 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219. The comment deadline is May 27.

Crozet Artisan Depot April Events
The Crozet Artisan Depot is proud to be featuring new artists this month! Many of their regular artists have new work as well, so please stop by and see their fresh look. In addition to all the new work, they will be hosting several events this month. All the events are FREE and open to everyone. They look forward to seeing you again, or for the first time! Click to learn more.

The Albemarle Tourism and Adventure Center in Crozet to Host Special Program Featuring Shenandoah National Park Superintendent, Jim Northrup
A hike lead by Superintendent will follow presentation to be held on April 9th

The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB) announces a special program featuring Shenandoah National Park Superintendent, Jim Northup. As with other sessions in this series of free seasonal programs, it will be offered at the Albemarle Tourism and Adventure Center located in downtown Crozet (5791 Three Notch’d Rd). On Saturday, April 9th starting promptly at 10:00 a.m., Superintendent Jim Northup will speak about his 36 years as a National Park Ranger, and all the wonderful things there are to see and do in Shenandoah National Park. He will also provide an update on recent happenings within the park, talk about the wide variety of events planned for the Centennial of the National Park Service and take questions. Following his talk, the Superintendent and attendees will caravan to Sugar Hollow for a hike on the North Fork Moormans River trail. Plans are to finish up by 2:00 p.m. that afternoon.

Featured Events
County Offices Closed in Observance of Memorial Day
5/30/2016, 8:00 AM
Various Locations
Economic Development Authority Public Hearing
5/31/2016, 4:00 PM
Totier (COB Room 235)
Board of Supervisors Day Meeting
6/1/2016, 9:00 AM
Lane Auditorium (COB)
County Tax Bills Due
6/6/2016, 8:00 AM
Various Locations
Board of Supervisors Night Meeting
6/8/2016, 6:00 PM
Lane Auditorium (COB)

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