Protect the Environment
Charlottesville hasn’t always delivered on the ideals expressed in the Comprehensive Plan. Despite the commitment to reduce automobile use, the City is a challenge for residents to walk, bicycle or take the bus to work. Charlottesville must retain its walkable scale and character to connect people to schools and jobs without needing an automobile. With other viable transportation options, we can reduce auto emissions and runoff and improve the earth’s health and our own.
It is time to put better city street and park plans into action!
What Kathy Will Work For:
- Streets that Work Initiative
- Ensure completion of the street network analysis.
- Prioritize the street-specific improvement list.
- Implement standards that make streets safer, more comfortable and attractive.
- Belmont Bridge Replacement
- Within the next year, the City will have a set of construction documents and will be ready to begin construction.
- West Main Street Master Plan
- Challenge Dominion Power’s premise that the City should foot the entire $10 million bill to underground electrical lines.
- Engage UVA and AMTRAK as partners who will share in the benefits of these improvements.
- Find creative ways to finance these improvements.
- Ensure that Council seriously considers community input, as we move through project phasing, implementation and financing throughout 2015.
- Workforce Housing Policy and Action Plan
- Increase the supply of workforce housing in the city.
- Entice people to live near where they work, including city staff and school employees. (70% of the roughly 30,0000 people who work in Charlottesville don’t live here.)
- Workforce Development, Apprenticeships and Jobs
- Continue discussions between City staff, community partners, developers and contractors, tying jobs and apprenticeships for low income residents to street and housing construction.
- Develop a detailed action plan by the fall of 2015.
- East McIntire Park
- Approve the master plan and begin construction on the park and botanical garden
- Pollock’s Branch Greenway and Green Streets in the SIA
- Rebuild our streets with rain gardens and build the Pollock Greenway’s “walkable watershed.”