Department of Neighborhood Development Services

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Charlottesville's Department of Neighborhood Development Services manages planning, zoning, and development in the city. The department in its current form was created in 1998 through a consolidation of several other departments.

The department is located in City Hall and is charged with assisting developers seeking to build in the City of Charlottesville.

Mission Statement

"To safeguard the interests and wellbeing of Charlottesville's neighborhoods through world-class customer services that provide community-oriented engineering, proactive code enforcement, and collaborative neighborhood planning."[1]

2020 Re-organization

The department is undergoing a transformation in the first year of Dr. Tarron Richardson's tenure as City Manager. A new Director will be hired. Current director Alexander Ikefuna will serve as Deputy Director of Zoning and assistant director, Missy Creasy, will fill the position of Deputy Director of Planning - both positions are new. [2]

Some functions of the department are being moved to the Department of Public Works. [3]


Alexander Ikefuna, interim

City Manager, Tarron Richardson, announced on February 15, 2020 that a new director will be hired.[4]

Former Directors

Following the resignation of Jim Tolbert, Alexander Ikefuna was hired by City Manager Maurice Jones, and took over in 2015.[5]
Tolbert left to take a job as Assistant City Manager for Planning and Neighborhood Services in Georgia. [5]

Department Personnel

As part of the 2020 Department re-organization, Alexander Ikefuna, will fill the new office of Deputy Director for Zoning
As part of the 2020 Department re-organization, Missy Creasy will fill the new position of Deputy Director for Planning


  • Sharon D. Patterson, Office Administrator
  • Deronda Eubanks, Permit Technician
  • Lisa Barmore, Permit Technician

Assistant to NDS Boards and Commissions


(Note: Dept. moving to Department of Public Works)

Safe Routes to School Coordinator


  • Vacant



  • Jack Dawson, City Engineer
  • Chris Sibold, Assistant City Engineer
  • Hugh Blake, Civil Engineer
  • Jessica Akers, Civil Engineer
  • Brennen Duncan, City Traffic Engineer
  • Jerry Allen, Assistant Traffic Engineer
  • Eric Morris, Capital Projects Coordinator
  • Steve Wright, Project Inspector
  • Bradley Lamb, Survey Technician
  • David Frazier, VSMP E&S Specialist


  • Bob Brown, GIS Analyst
  • Pamela Murray, GIS Technician


  • Jeff Werner, Historic Preservation & Design Planner
  • Camie Mess, Assistant Historic Preservation & Design Planner


  • John Sales, Housing Program Coordinator
  • Erin Atak, Grants Coordinator


Former Neighborhood Planners


  • Patricia Carrington, Property Maintenance Code Official
  • Matt Fichter, Property Maintenance Inspector
  • Matt McCracken, Property Maintenance Inspector


  • Jeanette Janiczek, Urban Construction Initiative Program Manager


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  1. Charlottesville Neighborhood Development Services
  2. Web. City department head demoted in reorganization, Nolan Stout, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, February 15, 2020, retrieved February 18, 2020. Print. February 15, 2020 page A1.
  3. Web. City of Charlottesville Operations, Presentation, City of Charlottesville, October 16, 2019, retrieved January 31, 2020.
  4. Web. City department head demoted in reorganization, Nolan Stout, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, February 15, 2020, retrieved February 18, 2020. Print. February 15, 2020 page A1.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Web. Sandy Springs names James Tolbert assistant city manager, Reporter Newspapers, Reporter Newspapers, January 8, 2015, retrieved January 10, 2015. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "reporter" defined multiple times with different content

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