University of Virginia

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The University of Virginia (UVa, or informally, The University) is a major economic and development partner for Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

The Central Grounds are technically in Albemarle County, although Charlottesville completely surrounds the original grounds.


UVa opened in March 1825 with 123 students.[1]. The current president is John Casteen III, who will step down on July 31, 2010. Teresa Sullivan will take over on July 1, 2010.


Economic impact on the community

There are over 12,500 employees at UVa, with an additional 5,500 working at the University Medical Center. These figures represent 15 percent of the total employment for Charlotteasville and Albemarle County. Over 20,000 students contribute to the economy[2]. The University is currently in the midst of a $3 billion capital campaign.

Connections to area planning

The University of Virginia participates in local planning as a member of several planning groups. The University's Senior Land Use Officer in the Office of the Architect, Julia Monteith, serves as a non-voting member of the MPO Policy Board and the Albemarle County Planning Commission. At those meetings, she often reports on news from the University Transit Service.

The University office of Architect released a Grounds Plan in 2008 that outlines a strategy for infill growth.[3]

UVa oversaw the building of the North Grounds Connector, completed in 2006.

Master planning at the University is overseen by the University of Virginia Master Planning Council.

The Office of Community Relations coordinates interaction with citizens of Charlottesville and Albemarle County that are affected by the university's growth.

Future planning

In 2009, the University instituted the Grounds Plan that will direct land-use planning for the next 20 years.[4] The Plan is organized into four sections: The Setting, Framework and Systems, Program and Precincts, and Case Studies.[5]

See also

Three-party agreement


  2. Albemarle County. Department of Community Development. Places 29: A Master Plan for the Northern Development Areas. 2009 DRAFT. Page 3-14. < /Places29_Master_Plan_3_Existing_Conditions_Future_Trends_2_2009_Complete.pdf>
  3. Office of Architect, retrieved on 4/9/09,
  4. Canzi, Chiara. "Planning for the next 20 years." C-Ville Weekly. 17 Nov. 2009. Web. 18 Nov. 2009. <>.
  5. Office of Architect, retrieved 11/18/09,

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