2015/06/16

Franklin Street, ongoing

Filed under: government,meetings,traffic,Urban Planning — WmX @ 11:32
2005 WMNA President Allison Ewing

Ten years ago in May we marked up maps of the Woolen Mills talking about safety and quality of life as it relates to the City right of way in our neighborhood. There have been many entries in this discussion.
There was a moment of hope a year ago 6/16/2014:

Ms. Szakos moved to approve a six month pilot from Market St. to the driveway of the existing business with appropriate signage, conduct a traffic study, and engage citizens and businesses. Ms. Galvin seconded, with the addition of a clearly marked pedestrian pathway. Ms. Smith said we should be sure we give adequate notice to the neighborhoods. The resolution passed. (Ayes: Ms. Szakos, Ms. Smith, Mr. Huja, Mr. Fenwick, Ms. Galvin; Noes: None.)

Never happened.
Since that time the Bike-Ped master plan revision has been recommended for approval by the Planning Commission. County and City meet to discuss the Rivanna corridor and planning issues along their joint boundary.
Last night as part of its consent agenda Council approved funds for a sidewalk on Franklin.
The Code audit, Standards and Design Manual revisions, the Streets That Work initiative, these hopeful initiatives seem to be MIA.
The new director of Neighborhood Development has a very full plate.

2015/02/03

Jim Tolbert

Mr. Tolbert at work

Neighborhood Development Services director Jim Tolbert is headed south to a new job in Georgia.
Jim has been in charge of the department that oversees the fate of neighborhoods so we’ve had much contact over the years.
His is a critically important, tough position which he has handled with grace and good humor. I will miss him.

Jim’s last official words to me were encouraging, about getting long standing zoning issues rectified. That work now falls to his successor.

Following Mr. Tolbert’s departure I hope we can find an owner’s manual for the City.


30 x1028 px box

The city, sixth-largest in the state with a 2010 population of 93,853, wanted to separate itself from what it saw
as wasteful government spending in surrounding communities. The city benefits greatly, though, from the number of Fortune 500
companies headquartered there, boasting an extremely high per capita income, with the median family household income,
according to a 2008 census estimate, approximated at $129,810, and the average family income $169,815.–Huffington Post

Sandy Springs, Mr.Tolbert’s new town, has a considerably different socio-economic profile and governmental services structure than Charlottesville.

2013/12/31

City Standards and Design

Filed under: Charlottesville,government,Urban Planning — WmX @ 08:44

utility poles in sidewalk
In November I heard that Dominion Power (aka Dom.Com, VEPCO, Dominion) had indicated to a Charlottesville City Councilor that utility poles located in the middle of sidewalks could be addressed. Dominion was interested in a list, an inventory of such poles.
HEY Dominion! Are these two more sidewalk poles in the making? 1000 block of East Market Street.
Decrease the width of the street to 36 feet, keep the sidewalk, move the poles?
Put the lines in an underground utility bus?

2013/05/07

compliance

Filed under: government,neighborhood,traffic — WmX @ 00:25

southern approach
Franklin and Broadway. The sign is advisory in nature, not a sign that the police enforce.


And so…. Franklin and Market. The tractor trailer driver mashes Betty Lou’s front lawn, knocks on doors. Residents on Market Street move their autos so the rig can make the turn he has been advised not to make.

traffic

Do we have to make a motion to do nothing? May 2007

2012/08/24

it’s the thought that counts

Filed under: flora,government — WmX @ 00:10

tree protection fence, Franklin Street constructed wetland site

2012/08/16

SUP 101

Filed under: government,meetings,neighborhood — WmX @ 09:27



Charlottesville Neighborhood Development Services planner Brian Haluska AICP presents information regarding the purpose and intent of the “Special Use Permit” provision within the zoning code. How are such permits applied for? Who can grant an SUP?
The informational meeting was held at the Woolen Mills Chapel, organized by Cindy Cartwright and Bill Lankford. Attended by 30 citizens…
Mr. Haluska pointed the assembled toward the definition and regulations pertaining to music halls.

2012/06/11

scary

Filed under: development,government,Urban Planning — WmX @ 08:05


My fears regarding the future of neighborhoods? Cut them open to get to the golden eggs, trade them for a handful of magic beans, shrink National Historic Districts and ADC’s to the size of handkerchiefs, widen roads, install sewage pipes in the air, cut down the trees, fire engines everywhere. Anything is possible.
Charlottesville Tomorrow has the story:

2012/02/27

Urban Design

Our City is currently involved in several urban design discussions simultaneously.
Are cities gender neutral? Our city, being Charlotte’s Ville. Maybe she can multitask. Talk about redesigning her central park and her bridge downtown and not cut off the wrong leg by mistake.
I have missed the bridge-design events & discussion. Watching the video by Dan Bluestone and Brian Wimer has me playing catch-up.

Why do we allow our bad things to happen to our cities? Why do we allow our cities to be designed by autos and fire engines?
Jim Kunstler talked a bit about the Law of Perverse Outcomes in his November 2011 “Eyesore of the Month”.

http://www.kunstler.com/eyesore_201111.html

2012/02/21

Humpty Dumpty

Filed under: government,Urban Planning — WmX @ 09:30


Architectural review, site plans, inspections, public hearings, environmental impact studies. I’ll bet Humpty had good health insurance.
Let’s go to a public meeting! You be Sisyphus, I’ll be Cassandra

2012/02/03

failure to control

Filed under: dogs,government — WmX @ 10:42

my father and my first dog
My first dog was executed by the Albemarle County dog warden by rifle shot at my request. Mr. D would have taken Charlie away and gassed him, I preferred to have it be quick and dead.
Charlie was a fabulous dog, I was a bad dog owner.
Problems with domesticated animals can generally be traced back to the owner. Having my dog die of lead poisoning made an impression on me.
Charlie the Labrador slew rabbits at Carlo Columbini’s place on Route 20 North.
You kill livestock in Virginia, you die. There is a law for that.
When a state or a municipality enforces its existing laws, changes in behavior will occur.

I support leash laws for dogs and cats. I am tired of domesticated cats killing wild birds and defecating wherever they see fit.

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