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== Area Governments ==
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There is no official instruction manual for how government works in the greater Charlottesville area, but this section of '''cvillepedia''' is intended to help provide easy-to-use information for community members to better understand how things are supposed to work.
  
There are three major governmental entities that make decisions regarding the future of our region. Two are Virginia localities, and one is a major public university. [[Charlottesville]] is a 10.4 square mile independent City completely surrounded by [[Albemarle County]]. The [[University of Virginia]] is the region's primary employer, with 25,018 students enrolled in Fall 2019 <ref>https://admission.virginia.edu/admission/statistics, Statistics, retrieved on 2021-05-03</ref> and with over 17,400 faculty and staff<ref>https://www.virginia.edu/facts, Facts & Figures, retrieved on 2021-05-03</ref>. Water and sewer is provided in the City of Charlottesville and in urbanized sections of Albemarle County by the [[Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority]].
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==Area Governments==
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All localities in Virginia are subdivisions of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The 1971 Constitution of Virginia includes definitions for cities, counties, towns, and regional governments. <ref>{{cite web|title=Article VII. Local Government - Section 1. Definitions|url=https://law.lis.virginia.gov/constitution/article7/section1/|author=|work=Constitution of Virginia|publisher=Virginia's Legislative Information System|location=|publishdate=|accessdate=September 9, 2021}}</ref> The General Assembly must provide permission for localities to exercise powers, something known as "enabling authority." A recent example is the granting of counties the ability to raise taxes on cigarettes, a power that had been reserved for cities intil legislation that passed in [[2020]]. <ref>{{cite web|title=
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HB 785 Localities; authority to levy taxes|url=http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?ses=201&typ=bil&val=HB785|author=Delegate Vivian Watts|work=General Assembly Bill|publisher=Virginia's Legislative System|location=|publishdate=|accessdate=September 9, 2021}}</ref> <ref>{{cite web|title=Article VII. Local Government - Section 1. Powers|url=https://law.lis.virginia.gov/constitution/article7/section3/|author=|work=Constitution of Virginia|publisher=Virginia's Legislative Information System|location=|publishdate=|accessdate=September 9, 2021}}</ref>  
  
[[Charlottesville Tomorrow]] features coverage of top-level public meetings of the [[City Council]] and the [[Albemarle County Board of Supervisors]], as well as the planning commission's in both localities. Visit [cvilletomorrow.typepad.com] for podcasts and articles about these meetings.  
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For the purposes of this Wiki, the main coverage area of local governments are the localities within the [[Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission]]. This covers the counties of [[Albemarle|Albemarle County]], [[Fluvanna|Fluvanna County]], [[Greene|Greene County]], [[Louisa|Louisa County]], and [[Nelson|Nelson County]] as well as the city of [[Charlottesville]].  
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The TJPDC is largely an advisory body that consists of elected and appointed officials from each of these areas.  
  
In addition, there are many governmental bodies and non-governmental groups that help shape the region's future. cvillepedia is a resource that brings it all together to help citizens navigate. We need your help to build it, so please volunteer today.  
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There is also the [[University of Virginia]] which is an entity of the state not subject to local codes. UVA is one of area's largest employers and a major driver of growth and development patterns in a region greater than that covered by the TJPDC.
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In addition, there are other independent governmental regional governments that build, maintain, and operate critical infrastructure such as the [[Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority]].  
  
 
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Latest revision as of 11:33, 9 September 2021

There is no official instruction manual for how government works in the greater Charlottesville area, but this section of cvillepedia is intended to help provide easy-to-use information for community members to better understand how things are supposed to work.

Area Governments

All localities in Virginia are subdivisions of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The 1971 Constitution of Virginia includes definitions for cities, counties, towns, and regional governments. [1] The General Assembly must provide permission for localities to exercise powers, something known as "enabling authority." A recent example is the granting of counties the ability to raise taxes on cigarettes, a power that had been reserved for cities intil legislation that passed in 2020. [2] [3]

For the purposes of this Wiki, the main coverage area of local governments are the localities within the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission. This covers the counties of Albemarle County, Fluvanna County, Greene County, Louisa County, and Nelson County as well as the city of Charlottesville. The TJPDC is largely an advisory body that consists of elected and appointed officials from each of these areas.

There is also the University of Virginia which is an entity of the state not subject to local codes. UVA is one of area's largest employers and a major driver of growth and development patterns in a region greater than that covered by the TJPDC.

In addition, there are other independent governmental regional governments that build, maintain, and operate critical infrastructure such as the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority.

Government-related Categories

The top-level category for the government portal is Government.

Most categories are in the Charlottesville or Albemarle County subcategories. It is intended that these parallel one another -- they should look the same. We're not quite there, yet.

Topic Charlottesville Albemarle County
Top-level Charlottesville government Albemarle County government
categories about government groups
Boards, commissions and task forces Charlottesville boards and commissions Albemarle County Boards and Commissions
Departments Charlottesville offices and departments Albemarle County departments
Finance, also subcats of Category:Government finances
Budgets Charlottesville budget Albemarle County budget
zoning and development
Magisterial districts not applicable Magisterial Districts
Master plans category needed Albemarle County Master Plans
People; also subcats of Category:People in government
Charlottesville officials Albemarle County personnel
Co-operation Category:City-County Cooperation

Other important government subcategories include:

Government-related templates

Government Citation templates

Government meeting minutes and agendas provide significant raw material for cvillepedia articles. A necessary condition of using those sources is providing citations from those sources.

Here are some templates make creating these citations simple:

Government-related Lists

References

  1. Web. Article VII. Local Government - Section 1. Definitions, Constitution of Virginia, Virginia's Legislative Information System, retrieved September 9, 2021.
  2. Web. HB 785 Localities; authority to levy taxes, Delegate Vivian Watts, General Assembly Bill, Virginia's Legislative System, retrieved September 9, 2021.
  3. Web. Article VII. Local Government - Section 1. Powers, Constitution of Virginia, Virginia's Legislative Information System, retrieved September 9, 2021.