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Important Notice to Albemarle County Voters: June 13, 2017 Dual Primary Election Information
A dual Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, to nominate the Democratic and Republican candidates for the offices of Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. The names of the Democratic and Republican candidates for those offices will appear on their respective ballots in all Albemarle County voting precincts. Additionally, for Albemarle County voters who live in the 57th House of Delegates District, the Democratic ballot will include a primary election for that office. Read on...

Albemarle County, Sentara Martha Jefferson, and DEA Taking Back Unwated Prescriptions Drugs April 29
On Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Albemarle County Police Department in partnership with Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 13th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, 500 Martha Jefferson Drive in the back of the hospital at the Patient Transport Area. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Read on...

Ivy Road Sidewalk Design Public Hearing
The Project Management Division is conducting a Design Public Hearing on April 25, 2017. This will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Room 241 at the County Office Building located at 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902. The public will be able to review the preliminary engineering design plans, the schedule, and right-of-way acquisition information, and have opportunities to ask questions and provide public comment. For more information, visit the project webpage at /department.asp?department=fd&relpage=20712.

Public Meeting on the Small Area Plan in the Vicinity of Hydraulic/ Route 29
The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, in conjunction with Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville, is conducting a small area plan in the Hydraulic / Route 29 area. A small area plan is a tool used to define a detailed plan for urban development and redevelopment in a focused area of strategic importance for the community. Small area plans also create road maps for implementation. A public meeting on the Hydraulic Small Area Plan is scheduled for Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at Jack Jouett Middle School. The meeting will include a brief overview of the study intent, study area description, methodology for plan development, schedule and intended outcomes. An open discussion will follow, providing opportunity for the public to express ideas and concerns to the consultant team as input into the planning process. Read on...

Update on Fire at Walnut Creek Park
At the present time, the fire at Walnut Creek Park has been contained. However, the area is still a little smoky and there are some areas within the fire line that are still smoldering and are being monitored. The park is open to the public but the trails on the east side of the park will remained closed until further notice. Park patrons are asked to obey the signs posted at the park and avoid venturing too close to trails that are closed. We regret any inconvenience and appreciate our park visitors' patience. Public safety and welfare is our highest priority. Patrons are urged to exercise judgment and to err on the side of safety. The Department of Forestry is on site with personnel from our Parks and Recreation department now. This fire remains under investigation.

Spring 2017 Special Waste Collection Days Begin
Rivanna Solid Waste Authority will host its spring special collections dates for household hazardous waste, commercial hazardous waste, and bulky waste amnesty days for Charlottesville, Scottsville, and Albemarle County residents and businesses this Spring at the Ivy Materials Utilization Center (MUC). This event is brought to the community with support from the City of Charlottesville and the County of Albemarle in partnership with RSWA. Read on...

Tax Rate Public Hearing to be Reheld on May 15
The Board of Supervisors held public hearings on the Calendar Year 17 Tax Rate and the Board’s Proposed FY 18 Budget on Tuesday evening, April 11. Immediately following the conclusion of those public hearings, it came to the County’s attention that there was a defect in the posted notice regarding the public hearing on the Calendar Year 17 Tax Rate. While the meeting notice was posted appropriately and the full legal advertisement was published in the newspaper within the required 30 day timeframe, the full legal advertisement was not also posted physically in the County Office Building. In the interests of full transparency and compliance with all technicalities of the legal requirements, the County will be advertising for and conducting another public hearing on the Calendar Year 17 Tax Rate on Monday, May 15. Read on...

Albemarle County Recognizes Land Donations Made to Parks & Recreation Department
On April 5, 2017, at its regular Board meeting, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors publicly recognized and expressed its appreciation for land donations made to the County over the years. Landowners who offer land to the County typically have a specific purpose in mind. The purpose might be to ensure that the land will always be pristine and undeveloped. The offer might be for recreational playing fields. Most of the time, offers are made because an owner wants to pass on land to an entity that can be trusted to ensure the desired use in perpetuity. The legacy these land donations have left to Albemarle County is meaningful and lasting. Read on...

County Offices Closed in Observance of Thomas Jefferson's Birthday
Albemarle County Local Government offices will be closed on Thursday, April 13, 2017 in observance of Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday. Offices will reopen at a normal schedule on Friday, April 14, 2017.

Albemarle County Recieves $118,400 Virginia Telecommunication Grant
Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced nearly $945,000 in grants through the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI) for Albemarle, Augusta, Bland, Gloucester and Greensville counties. Albemarle County is very pleased to be the recipient of $118,400 in state funds to support our efforts in exploring ways to expand the reach of broadband in underserved areas of the County. Read on...

Deadline Approaching for Tax Relief Applicants
Albemarle County offers real estate tax relief for certain elderly and/or permanently disable persons. If you received tax relief last year, the renewal certification filing deadline is April 3, 2017. Although the deadline for first-time applicants is October 31, all applicants are encouraged to apply by April 3, in time to determine eligibility prior to the June 5, 2017 tax bills. Read on...

Winter's Not Over Yet: Prepare Now for Monday Snow
VDOT crews applying brine pre-treatment today on roads across Piedmont

The Virginia Department of Transportation is preparing for up to 10 inches of snow in the piedmont region and asks motorists to do the same. Across most of VDOT’s Culpeper District, crews are busy today applying brine on Interstate 64, I-66 and the area’s primary highway system, as well as on some high-volume secondary roads. This pre-treatment helps to prevent snow from bonding to the pavement and forming ice. Once the storm begins, VDOT staff will be on duty around the clock to treat roads with salt and sand and plow accumulated snow. Read on...

Charlottesville & Albemarle County Features a Variety of Fun Festivals Again this Spring
Virginia Festival of the Book, Dogwood Festival, Taste of Monticello Wine Trail, Tom Tom Founders Festival, Foxfield Spring Races, Historic Garden Week, Festival of Cultures, and Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival all prepare to engage locals and visitors alike

Charlottesville and Albemarle County will feature a grand selection of local spring festivals in the months ahead. These festivals will celebrate a wide range of interests including books and literacy, innovation, wine, horse races, flowers, exploration of cultures, and hand-crafted artisan treasures. Read on...

Community Celebrates Groundbreaking for New Pantops Station 16
On Tuesday, March 7, at 9:00 AM, Albemarle County government officials joined community stakeholders at the official groundbreaking ceremony for the new Pantops Station 16. The ceremony took place at the future site of the new station, 656 Peter Jefferson Parkway. The program included remarks by Norman Dill, Vice Chair of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors; Doug Walker, Albemarle County Interim County Executive; Dan Eggleston, Albemarle County Fire Rescue Chief; and Jonathan Davis of Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital. Read on...

Bridge Work Begins March 13 on Rt. 810 in Albemarle
Motorists advised to use alternate routes during four-week closure

The Virginia Department of Transportation will close Route 810 (Blackwells Hollow Road) in the vicinity of Chap Place Lane in northwestern Albemarle County for four weeks to rehabilitate a bridge over Halls Creek. The bridge, located 2.4 miles east of Route 629 (Browns Gap Turnpike) and 0.9 mile west of Route 687 (Shiffletts Mill Road), will be closed beginning March 13. Weather permitting, the road is expected to reopen to traffic April 14. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes during the closure. Access to all commercial and private entrances will be maintained. Read on...

County Receives Coveted AAA Rating from All Three Credit Rating Agencies
Albemarle County continues to be a member of an elite group of triple-AAA rated counties nationwide from Fitch Ratings, Moody’s Investors Service, and S&P Global Ratings following a comprehensive review and analyses by these three major credit rating agencies.  All three agencies noted the county’s strong financial management, vibrant and diverse economy, and low debt burden among the factors considered in assessing the County’s credit worthiness. Read on...