We know that land use planning and development in Charlottesville, as in many places, has not always been equitable for all people. In order for the City’s plans to be both meaningful and effective, the issue of equity must be addressed.
We will work with the Charlottesville community to build a framework that makes equity a reality in order to ensure that the city’s plans and regulations address the needs of ALL residents, including the least advantaged and most vulnerable.
When we talk about equity, we mean that we will be gathering input from the community and reviewing data to better understand where there are gaps in access to the things that define a good quality of life – for example, affordable, high-quality housing; efficient, reliable, and safe transportation options; healthy and accessible food sources; and a variety of jobs and training opportunities.
The list above is not exhaustive. Though we can learn a lot from existing data, we can’t meaningfully discuss issues related to equity in Charlottesville without speaking to those who are most impacted. Our planned engagement process puts a focus on hearing from a broad range of Charlottesville residents – particularly those whose voices are often absent in planning processes.