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Virginia General Assemble Seeking Input on Farm Winery Events & Activities
The Virginia General Assembly is seeking stakeholder input on existing issues and future solutions related to noise, traffic, and marketing of farm winery events and activities. Your insights and suggestions are requested to inform potential legislation! Click here to read a letter from Megan Seibel, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry describing the background for this study. Please take a few minutes to complete the online survey at:

Statement from Diantha McKeel, Chair of the Albmarle County Board of Supervisors, Regarding Events of August 12, 2017
On behalf of the Albemarle Board of Supervisors and County staff, I would like to offer sincere condolences to the family, friends and coworkers of the victims of the violence that occurred in our community today. We are extremely distressed and dismayed by the actions of those who acted in ignorance and hate, and we condemn those actions in the strongest of terms. We appreciate the courage and professionalism of the many public safety officers and our own local residents and others who stepped into frightening and chaotic situations throughout the day to offer aid and care. They represented the true spirit of our community by acting with grace and compassion in the most trying of circumstances. While this evening we are rightfully focused on caring for those in need and ensuring our community’s immediate safety, we also are mindful of the need for reflection and healing in the days to come. We urge everyone to remain alert and respectful as this weekend will continue to be a time for vigilance in our community.

Governor McAuliffe Statement on Emergency Declaration in Response to Violence in Charlottesville
Read the full declaration and statement here:

Local Emergency Declared by Charlottesville and Albemarle County, 979 INFO Line Activated
Charlottesville City Manager Maurice Jones and Interim County Executive Doug Walker have simultaneously issued a Declaration of Local Emergency for the two jurisdictions.  This joint declaration allows local officials to request additional resources if needed to respond to ongoing events in the community which are currently localized in downtown Charlottesville.  Scheduled activities outside the downtown area are not impacted by ongoing events or by this declaration at this time.  Local officials continue to closely monitor the situation and will provide additional details as they are available.

979-INFO has been activated. This is a non-emergency line. All calls that relate to life threatening issues should still be made to 9-1-1

Albemarle County Seeking Public Input on Courts Projects
Public Survey Open Now Through August 25, 2017
Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and County Staff are seeking public opinion on a significant decision regarding needed improvements of the County’s court facilities. Now through August 25, 2017, an online survey will be available for residents to provide their feedback. Please visit to access the survey and participate. Read on...

A Statement from Diantha McKeel, Chair of the Board of Supervisors
On August 12, several groups are planning to participate in the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville. On behalf of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, I am joining our regional partners in the City of Charlottesville and the University of Virginia in urging our community to continue to value and exhibit our shared commitment to diversity and inclusivity as an essential element of a civil society.

We strongly support the First Amendment rights to free speech and assembly for those who choose to peacefully assemble and express their opinions. These rights belong to the “Unite the Right” activists who will express their beliefs, and to the many others who disagree with them. However we do not recognize any individual or group’s right to incite violence, cause harm or destroy property regardless of ideology. County public safety professionals will be working in close partnership with local, regional and state officials to take all necessary steps to protect public safety and order.

We encourage everyone to be aware, vigilant and respectful in whatever choices they make about  August 12.

VDOT Announces Rt. 250 Bridge Rehabilitation Schedule
Extended lane closures on the Route 250 bridge over Route 29/250 Bypass will begin Aug. 13 
Over the next six weeks, motorists should expect delays for rehabilitation work on the Route 250 (Ivy Road) bridge over the Route 29/250 Bypass in Albemarle County. Read on...

Albemarle County & Charlottesville Accepted Into AARP’s Network Of Age-Friendly Communities
Under leadership by the Charlottesville Area Alliance (CAA), Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville have been accepted into the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, an affiliate of the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Program. An age-friendly community is one that is organized to help all live safely, enjoy good health, and stay involved. Read on...

Harmful Algae Bloom Occurring on Chris Greene Lake
Public advised to avoid water contact at swimming beach and boat ramp
Chris Greene Lake in Albemarle County is experiencing a harmful algae bloom. The public is advised to avoid contact with the lake water until algae concentrations return to acceptable levels. Read on...

Albemarle County Initiates Exploration Of Private/Public Partnership For Courts Project
Evaluating possibility of relocating County courts and/or County administration to a site in the County
Albemarle County has contracted with Stantec to provide technical assistance with the exploration of a public/private partnership to relocate the Circuit and General District courts and/or County administrative office to a site in Albemarle County. Read on...

Albemarle County Recieves Achievement Awards From National Association Of Counties
Multiple projects recognized
Albemarle County is very proud to have been recognized with Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACO). Nationally, awards are given in 18 different categories that reflect the vast, comprehensive services counties provide. The County was given two achievement awards within these 18 categories. Additionally, for the fifteenth year in a row, Albemarle County was named among the top ten most technologically advanced, cutting edge county governments of its size by NACO and the Center for Digital Government (CDG) in their annual Digital Counties Survey.

Harmful Algae Bloom Occurring on Chris Greene Lake
Public advised to avoid water contact at swimming beach and boat ramp.

Chris Greene Lake in Albemarle County is experiencing a harmful algae bloom that is a naturally occurring circumstance due to recent weather conditions. The public is advised to avoid contact with the lake water until algae concentrations return to acceptable levels. Read on...

Albemarle County Expands Citizen Survey with Online Option
Earlier this summer, questionnaires were sent to a random sample of 1,500 Albemarle households, asking for feedback on the quality and usefulness of County services. The results of this scientific survey will be included in a final report that county officials will use to play a key role in determining areas of emphasis for Albemarle County planning and programmatic efforts. This year, Albemarle County has the opportunity to expand the reach of The National Citizen Survey™ with an opt-in online survey, at no additional cost. The opt-in survey will be available at from July 17th through July 31st, 2017.

Fall 2017 Special Waste Collection Days Announced
Rivanna Solid Waste Authority (RSWA) will host its Fall special collections dates for household hazardous waste, commercial hazardous waste, and bulky waste amnesty days for Charlottesville, Scottsville, and Albemarle County residents starting on September 28th and concluding on October 21st. This event is brought to the community by support from the City of Charlottesville and the County of Albemarle in partnership with RSWA. Read on...

McIntire Recycling Center Hours of Operation Extended
Starting July 15th, McIntire Recycling Center will extend its hours of operation to better serve the community’s recycling needs. The hours will increase from 40 to 60 hours per week during Daylight Savings Time (early March – early November) and increase from 40-54 hours per week during Eastern Standard Time during the winter months. Read on...

Governor McAuliffe Announces Opening of Two Route 29 Solutions Projects
Thursday Morning Event Celebrated Opening of Berkmar Extension, Route 29 Widening in Albemarle County

On Thursday, July 6, 2017 Governor McAuliffe was joined by Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne, state and local elected officials, the Virginia Department of Transportation and Lane-Corman Joint Venture project staff to mark the delivery of the Berkmar Drive Extension and Route 29 Widening projects. Read on...

Albemarle County Earns National SolSmart Designation for Advancing Solar Energy Growth
Albemarle County, VA is announcing its new national designation as SolSmart Bronze, an achievement that recognizes communities for adopting programs and practices that make it faster, easier, and cheaper for the community to go solar. The county is one of the first communities in the state of Virginia to earn this recognition for solar-friendly communities. Read on...