City-county relations

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Albemarle County and Charlottesville are two independent bodies under Virginia's constitution.


Lorin A. Thompson told the League of Women Voters that the two were one economic unit. [1]


After the 2015 election, the Albemarle Board of Supervisors and the City Council were almost entirely controlled by members of the Democratic party or independents. As such, the two groups held a meeting on March 1, 2016 at the Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center. They agreed to adopt several memorandums of understanding calling for greater cooperation on transportation, education, affordable housing and redevelopment. [2]


The city and county planning commissions met several times to discuss issues. In January they met to learn about Rivanna River planning efforts. [3]


  1. Web. City And County Are Economic Unit, Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, March 28, 1962, retrieved June 10, 2017 from University of Virginia Library. Print. March 28, 1962 page 6.
  2. Web. Minutes for Joint Board of Supervisors and City Council meeting on March 1, 2016, Minutes, County of Albemarle, Albemarle County, retrieved December 31, 2016.
  3. Web. Rivanna River planning projects endorsed by city, county commissions, Josh Mandell, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, January 24, 2017, retrieved December 26, 2017.