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Summary of May-June Engagement

This page provides a brief overview of activities and input received. For more details about what we heard, and who we heard from (including by neighborhood or specific demographics), please review the full engagement summary or the three-page overview. Webinar recordings and other materials from the May-June 2020 activities can be found under “Community Input and Activities” in the Document & Media Center.

From mid-May through June 2020, the goals of community engagement were to…

  • Share information about the project process.

  • Make connections and develop partnerships with Charlottesville area residents and organizations.

  • Receive initial input related to the Comprehensive Plan update, including the Affordable Housing Strategy.

We connected with the community in several ways and heard from a variety of residents in Charlottesville and the region.

  • A community survey (available in English and Spanish, and in web and paper form).

  • Webinars to provide a project overview and answer questions.

  • Small-group discussions held via Zoom/phone.

  • Toll-free phone line to share an overview and receive input.

Survey Respondents
Small-group discussion participants, in 25 events
Webinar attendees, at 3 events

Top community priorities from the survey and discussions included…

  • Housing affordability, for all

  • Safe, strong, diverse neighborhoods, throughout the city

  • Racial equity, including consideration of gentrification and community displacement, and the lasting impacts of historic land use decisions

  • Strengthening existing City partnerships and coordination with the County, UVA, area non-profits, and other organizations

  • Land use and urban design, including the potential for increased density, allowing different types of housing throughout the city, and streamlining the development process

  • Food justice and food access, including through local agriculture

  • Community safety budgeting, equity, and relationship building

  • Making it easier and more efficient to walk, bike, and ride transit (including regional transit)

  • Community engagement, including transparency and building trust

  • Integration of climate goals and energy efficiency, and consideration of how they interact with land use, transportation, housing, and more

  • Park enhancements & neighborhood connections to parks

  • Healthcare accessibility, including mental health supports

  • Wages and job training

  • Support for small and minority-owned businesses

  • Connections between topics and consideration of how combined solutions can lead to results in many areas

Survey respondents were asked to rate the importance of addressing specific topics.

  • Question 1: Please tell us how important you believe it is to address the following topics in order to achieve a fair, equitable, and positive future for all Charlottesville residents.
  • Question 2: Please tell us how important you believe it is to address the following topics in order to adequately respond to Charlottesville’s housing needs.

Responses to each of these are summarized in the graphics below. Each chart shows a summary of all 1,172 responses.

We used this input to…