Department of Neighborhood Development Services

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2018 City Government Organization
2015 - Dept. of NDS Organizational Chart

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 undergoing a transformation in the first year of Dr. Tarron Richardson's tenure as city manager. Director Alexander Ikefuna has been demoted to serve as deputy director of zoning and assistant director Missy Creasy will become deputy director of planning. A new director will be hired. [1]

Some functions of the department are being moved to the Department of Public Works. [2]

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."[3]

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


The office is located on the 2nd Floor of City Hall, entrance is off Main Street (the entrance on Market Street is closed). The mailing address is:

Neighborhood Development Services
610 East Market Street
P.O. Box 911
Charlottesville, VA 22902
434-970-3182; 434-970-3359 (fax)


Position vacant (as of February 2020)

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]


  • Vacant, Director (as of February 2020)
  • Missy Creasy, Deputy Director for Planning (as of February 2020)
  • Alexander Ikefuna, Deputy Director for Zoning (as of February 2020)
  • Tony Edwards, Development Services Manager (as of February 2020)


Office Administrator

  • Sharon D. Patterson

Permit Technician

  • Deronda Eubanks
  • Lisa Barmore

Assistant to NDS Boards and Commissions

==BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN ACCESS== (moving to public works)

Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator

Safe Routes to School Coordinator

ADA Coordinator / Planner

  • Vacant


Building Official

Deputy Code Official & Plans Examiner

Building Inspector


City Engineer

  • Jack Dawson, PE

Assistant City Engineer

  • Chris Sibold, PE

Civil Engineer

  • Hugh Blake, PE
  • Vacant

City Traffic Engineer

Assistant Traffic Engineer

  • Vacant

Capital Projects Coordinator

  • Eric Morris

Project Inspector

  • Steve Wright

Survey Technician

  • Bradley Lamb

VSMP ENS Specialist

GIS Analyst

  • Bob Brown

GIS Technician

  • Pamela Murray


Historic Preservation & Design Planner

Historic Preservation Assistant

  • Camie Mess


Housing Development Specialist

  • Vacant

Grants and Section 3 Coordinator

  • Vacant


Principal Planner

Urban Designer

Neighborhood Planners

Former Neighborhood Planners


Property Maintenance Code Official

  • Patricia Carrington

Property Maintenance Inspector

  • Matt Fichter


Urban Construction Initiative Program Manager

  • Jeanette Janiczek


Zoning Administrator

Assistant Zoning Administrator

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  1. 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.
  2. Web. City of Charlottesville Operations, Presentation, City of Charlottesville, October 16, 2019, retrieved January 31, 2020.
  3. Charlottesville Neighborhood Development Services
  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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