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Albemarle County Holds Joint Board of Supervisors / School Board / Planning Commission Meeting
2/13/2018

Topic: Growth and Change in our Community

Today three of Albemarle County’s public bodies came together in an unprecedented event centered on growth and change in our community. The purpose? Robust communication and a shared understanding regarding growth impacts in the County. This historic event marks the first ever convening of the three bodies.

“I appreciate the leadership and collaboration of the School Board and Planning Commission and the enthusiastic participation by the members of these public bodies in this important dialogue,” said Board of Supervisor Chair Ann Mallek. “The assembly of these three bodies demonstrates our shared commitment to work collaboratively to best position our organizations to address the changing demographics of our community and to sustain and enhance the human, economic, cultural, educational, and natural characteristics of our community.”

Albemarle County’s population in 2010 was 99,010. According to the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service Demographics Research Group (https://demographics.coopercenter.org), the County’s population estimate as of July 1, 2017 is 107,697. That represents an increase of 8.8% over the period. As our population has grown, it has become both more diverse and more mature.

“The timing of this meeting is significant. The challenge of being both an urban and a rural County has surfaced as a theme as I have prepared to present my recommended FY 2019 budget to the Board of Supervisors and the community later this week,” said County Executive Jeff Richardson. “The issues facing our community are more complex today than they were 15 years ago. The delivery of existing services has evolved to meet the need of our changing community but we also must recognize that the types of services our community desires is experiencing a shift as well.”

Together, the group explored such topic as demographics and development trends, growth and land use, education, public safety, health and welfare, housing, and more. They received informative presentations from staff experts, participated in illuminating discussions, and left with key takeaways that will assist each member from where they sit on their respective boards.
 


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