City Survey to Gather Input on Services and Community Needs – The City of Charlottesville requests the community’s participation in an online survey related to City services and community needs. The Charlottesville City Council is considering a change in the way services get funded as part of what has been known as the Agency Budget Review Team process. This survey aims to collect information from community members about what services are most needed. This information will be used to inform staff and council in making decisions about investments in services. The survey will be open until April 18th: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/cvilleservices.
Regional Housing and Homelessness Summit 2019 – April 19th at the Omni Hotel. The Regional Housing Partnership of the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission is proud to present the Charlottesville Regional Housing and Homelessness Summit 2019: Opening the Door. This event will bring together elected officials and other leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors to discuss policy and programmatic tools designed to Open the Door to housing opportunities for all residents of our region. Please join us and your colleagues for a day of information sharing, discussion, and networking as we begin to coordinate our efforts to address housing challenges throughout our region.
Spring 2019 Cleveland Avenue Litter Party – Saturday, April 20th will be the next litter pickup on Cleveland. We will meet at the Cleveland/JPA intersection at 8 am. Trash bags and safety vests will be provided.
Cops 4 Kids Day 2019 – Friday, April 26th, 4 – 6 pm at the Boys and Girls Club at 1000 Cherry Avenue. More information is available at: https://www.cvillepolicefoundation.org/what-we-do/cops-4-kids.
Dockless Scooters and Bike Share – Whether you love or hate the Bird and Lime scooters that arrived in Charlottesville this winter, the city of Charlottesville wants to hear from you! This Dockless Mobility Pilot was adopted by Council in November 2018 and is set to expire on July 31st, 2019. As part of the evaluation process, City staff have partnered with the University of Virginia’s Urban and Environmental Planning Program to develop and implement a survey to collect feedback on this program. The survey is part of the City’s evaluation of the positive and negative impacts that these devices have in Charlottesville. It will take less than 10 minutes to complete and contains questions for both the user and non-user including:
- How often have you ridden a rental dockless scooter/bike?
- Do you wear a helmet when riding a scooter?
- Where do you predominantly ride – on sidewalk or street?
The survey will be open through May 1 and can be accessed via the City’s website: www.charlottesville.org/dockless.
City/County/UVA Announce Regional Coordination on Climate Initiatives and Invite Public Participation – The City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and the University of Virginia – building upon a history of commitments on sustainability and climate action – will be embarking on a collaborative community outreach effort as each entity begins to update their greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets and develop climate action plans (CAPs). The results of these efforts will serve to guide climate action in the Charlottesville area for the next 10-30 years. To enable broad community engagement and participation in informing these commitments, the three organizations are coordinating their outreach efforts across their sustainability offices. Residents, businesses, and area stakeholders are encouraged to get involved and participate in this collaboration – starting today. The community is encouraged to go to www.ClimateActionTogether.org to learn about specific participation opportunities, previous regional climate action efforts, and more information about each organization’s efforts.
Thomas Jefferson Community Land Trust – Christine Jacobs, Executive Director of the Thomas Jefferson Community Land Trust, is about to launch a strategic email communications campaign to help educate folks further on the land trust model and share the work that they are doing on Nassau Street. You can email Christine directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to their mailing list.
Home Improvement Incentives, Credits and Rebates
- A list of current federal and state programs is available on the DSIRE website: http://programs.dsireusa.org/system/program?zipcode=22901.
- LEAP’s webpage of incentives and rebates for residential energy efficiency improvements: http://leap-va.org/tips/incentives-and-rebates-for-residential-energy-efficiency-improvements-in-virginia/. New this year is their No Cost Home Weatherization program with income-qualified homeowners (and renters with property owner approval) in the City eligible for up to $5,000 in energy efficiency upgrades!
- City of Charlottesville rebates: http://www.charlottesville.org/departments-and-services/departments-h-z/utilities/charlottesville-gas/rebates
MyCville App -MyCville is a simple and intuitive online and smart phone application that enables the residents of Charlottesville to request services and identify quality of life and environmental issues and report them to the appropriate department for quick resolution. Learn more at: http://www.charlottesville.org/community/mycville-service-request.
Charlottesville City Crime Map – The new crime map can be accessed at: https://gisweb.charlottesville.org/CrimeMap/. You can enter your zip code at the upper left to zoom into your neighborhood and select a range of dates on the upper right.
Next Scheduled Meeting: May 8th, 2019, 6:30 to 8 pm at the Cherry Avenue Church.