PLACE Design Task Force

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The Placemaking, Livability and Community Engagement (PLACE) Design Task Force is an advisory panel created in 2012 that provides guidance to the Charlottesville City Council and the Planning Commission on urban design matters. [1] [2]

The group meets on the second Thursday of the month.[3]

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Council created the group in March 2012 as a successor to the Urban Design Committee, which had disbanded in 2003. At the time, NDS Director Jim Tolbert told Council the group would have been helpful during the discussion of the Belmont Bridge replacement. [2]

Early tasks

One of the group's first tasks was to help select a $150,000 consultant to oversee a land-use study for the Avon Street Corridor south of the Belmont Bridge. [4] This would later become the Strategic Investment Area.

Initial focus was also on the West Main Streetscape as well as the Rivanna River corridor. [5] They were also for a time the steering committee for the Belmont Bridge replacement.

In November 2013, Council agreed to expand membership to include one member of the Charlottesville Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Committee. [6]


The future of the group was called into question in 2020. In August, both Mike Stoneking and Fred Wolf resigned from the body. [7]

Current Members

Roster as of January 2019
Name Title Notes
Vacant Chair
Vacant Arch/Land Vice Chair
Lloyd Snook Council rep Concurrent with term
Navarre Bartz At-Large Appointed August 19/2019
Emily Wright Arts Appointed May 20, 2019
Cliff Fox Development Appointed August 19/2019
Rory Stolzenberg Planning Commission Concurrent with term
Rachel Lloyd Preservation Former secretary
Tim Mohr Board of Architectural Review Secretary; Concurrent with term
Andrew Mondschein Multi-modal University of Virginia
Susan Perkins Arch/Land Appointed May 20, 2019
Andrea Trimble Arch Appointed May 20, 2019
Mark Rylander Tree Commission Concurrent with term
Lena Seville Bike/Ped Concurrent with term
Vacant CAT Rep

Past Members


External links


  1. Web. City Council forms New Task Force for City Urban Planning, Ric Barrick, Press Release, City of Charlottesville, March 7, 2012, retrieved December 27, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, March 5, 2012.
  3. Web. PLACE Design Task Force, City of Charlottesville, retrieved 2019-02-05.
  4. Web. Council OKs task force to study Belmont Bridge corridor, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, March 6, 2012, retrieved December 27, 2016.
  5. Web. PLACE task force considers West Main and Belmont Bridge, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, November 9, 2012, retrieved November 12, 2012.
  6. Web. Bike and pedestrian safety gets more attention in Charlottesville, Maggie Ambrose, Charlottesville Tomorrow, November 12, 2013, retrieved November 12, 2013.
  7. Print: August 31, 2020: UVA moves forward with reopening; Live Arts Forges Ahead with new season, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Community Engagement, Town Crier Productions.