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Community Digest

January 2023

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Your monthly digest of all things Albemarle.

Albemarle County Board of Supervisors Elects Chair, Vice-Chair for 2023

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors commenced their 2023 annual organizational meeting with the election of Supervisor Donna Price as Chair and Supervisor Jim Andrews as Vice-Chair.

The Chair presides at meetings of the Board of Supervisors and represents the County at official functions and ceremonial events. The Vice-Chair performs the duties of the Chair in her absence (Code of Virginia 15.2).

The Board also adopted its regular meeting schedule for 2023. Regular meetings are scheduled to begin at 1 pm.

  • January 11 and 18
  • February 1 and 15
  • March 1 and 15
  • April 5 and 19
  • May 3 and 17
  • June 7 and 21
  • July 19 (third Wednesday only)
  • August 2 and 16
  • September 6 and 20
  • October 4 and 18
  • November 1 and 15
  • December 6 and 13 (first and second Wednesdays)

Chair Donna Price

Vice-Chair Jim Andrews

Albemarle County Boards and Commissions Vacancies:

The County has openings within various boards and committees, and we encourage your participation. Learn about all of the boards and commissions, view the current vacancies and apply to serve here.

Albemarle County Parks and Recreation (ACPR) Updates:

The Parks and Recreation Department chipped recycled trees, from the annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program, into mulch now available for FREE at Darden Towe Park and Crozet Park. The program collects approximately 2,300 Christmas trees each year and turns them into mulch.

Reminder: New Park Hours at Two Albemarle County Parks

Earlier this month, the hours of operation for Totier Creek Park and Beaver Creek Park changed to 7 am to dark. This change will bring these parks into alignment with the rest of the Albemarle County parks system and provide consistency and clarity to park users visiting parks throughout the county.

Upcoming: Parent/Child Winter Dance, Saturday, February 25

Parks and Recreation is hosting a Parent/Child Winter Dance at Greenwood Community Center, in Crozet. Cost is $10 per family (cash only, pay at the door), happening February 25 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm and it’s sure to be a fun-filled time for families! We’ll have music from a DJ, food, games, and more. View the Facebook event for more details. Come out for some family fun and let's dance together! 

2023 Real Estate Property Reassessments Complete 

2023 real estate property reassessments were completed this month. To check 2023 assessment data online, access the County's GIS-Web here. Notices were mailed on January 20, 2023.

The County's total tax base increased by 13.46% over the 2022 year-end tax base due to the reassessment. The 2023 residential assessment changes are the result of appreciation in the housing market. The 2023 commercial assessments have returned to, or exceed, pre-pandemic levels.


Individual neighborhoods and sections of the County change at different rates and assessments of individual properties will vary from the average change for the County overall. The Assessor's Office completed detailed reviews of thousands of properties in preparation for this reassessment.  


Overall, taxable assessment changes by property type for 2023 are: 

·    Urban Residential (County Water & Sewer): +12.73% 

·    Residential up to 20 acres: +11.31% 

·    Rural (20 to 99.99 acres): +12.15% 

·    Rural (100 acres and over): +13.52% 

·    Commercial Properties: +15.47% 

·    Multi-Family: +28.20% 


Average annual reassessment changes by magisterial district are: 

·    Rio: +13.99% 

·    Jack Jouett: +14.23% 

·    Rivanna: +15.64% 

·    Samuel Miller: +11.49% 

·    Scottsville: +13.52% 

·    Town of Scottsville: +11.29% 

·    White Hall: +12.30% 


The first half 2023 real estate tax bills that are mailed in May will be based on the 2023 reassessment value and the 2023 tax rate that will be adopted by the Board of Supervisors in May.  


Please direct any questions regarding the new assessment notice to the Office of the County Assessor by calling 434-296-5856



There are two appeals processes, an administrative review and Board of Equalization appeal. It is recommended that property owners contact the Assessor’s office first to find out information about their assessment. Then, if necessary, the administrative review process can be initiated online by filing the Administrative Review form by February 28. The Board of Equalization appeal can be filed by contacting the assessor’s office for an application that must be submitted by March 30, or 30 days after the results of an Administrative Review, whichever is later.  


Use Value Taxation Program

The Assessor's Office will accept applications for qualifying properties to enter the Use Value Tax Deferral Program, with the $125 application fee, through April 20. A new application is required for each parcel to enroll in the program. The application fee is non-refundable, so contact the Assessor's Office to determine a property’s eligibility. 

AC44 January Update

Phase Two of the project is about to launch! This phase will focus on developing a shared understanding of the challenges and opportunities of topic areas (including transportation, housing, and resources). The team is developing accessible and informative reports that will include data and reflect what we heard in Phase One.

Visit the project website and sign up for updates.

Zoning Modernization Event - This Monday!

Join us for a presentation and open house on Monday, January 30 from 5:30 - 6:30 pm to learn about the Zoning Modernization Project -- our update to the Zoning Ordinance

Visit the project website and sign up for updates.

Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) Project Information

The Diverging Diamond Interchange at Interstate-64 at exit 124 at Route 250 in the Pantops area is currently under construction. This project will build a DDI on Route 250 and make other low-cost improvements for safety and congestion relief. The work also includes ramp improvements, new signals and signal upgrades, drainage improvements, and utility relocations. By shifting vehicles to the opposite side of the road, this design eliminates traditional left turns that cross oncoming traffic.

Per the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), the DDI improves safety by reducing the number of spots where vehicles could collide and can handle more than 600 left turn movements per hour, twice the capacity of a conventional interchange.

Completion of the project is weather dependent, as final surface asphalt and striping require surface temperatures of 50 degrees and rising with no precipitation in the overnight hours. VDOT continues to track the weather and once the project is completed, VDOT will continue to adjust the signal timings/phasings to optimize the intersection, then sync it with the rest of the 250 Corridor. Learn more about other Albemarle County Design-Build Projects.

Diverging Diamond Exchange graphic from VDOT

Energy Efficiency Grants Program for Small, Minority Owned Businesses 

The Community Climate Collaborative (C3) leveraged the $3,000 commitment from the County this past summer to provide $20,000 total worth of energy-efficiency grants for businesses in the City and County. The goal is to help small, minority owned businesses complete energy efficiency upgrades.


The deadline for applications for the Energy Efficiency Grants Program is March 31. View eligibility criteria and additional information at:

Archeological Study Recap

This month, Albemarle County began an archeological study, being conducted as part of the County’s Courts Renovation & Expansion project in the vicinity of Court Square.

The study process involves digging several test digs to determine whether there are any historic objects located within the area. The project area is the asphalt-covered parking area south of the Levy Opera House and surrounding annex. This location was chosen for the archeological survey due to its extensive history in Albemarle County, as in 1773 it was the former location of the Swan Tavern, an inn and pub, owned by John Jouett Sr. 

Here are some images highlighting steps of this interesting and valuable study. This project is a great reminder of the importance of preserving and respecting the history of the County.

📽️🎞️ 2022 Year in Review Recap

Have you seen our 2022 Year in Review? Tune in, as we highlight some of the work we’re proud to have performed in service to you, our community. We share ways you can stay informed, how you can connect with us and more! View the full-length version on YouTube or click below 🔽 to watch.

There's also the option to review shorter video segments from our 2022 Year in Review video playlist. At the end of each video, check out the video card options and watch in any order.

Albemarle County 2022 Year In Review Highlights

If you haven’t already, stay updated with what’s happening in the County by subscribing to our e-newsletters, following us on social media channels, visiting our website at, or by visiting our Engagement Hub at

Learn about more upcoming events and keep up with the latest happenings in the county by visiting

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We are looking forward to providing you with a variety of robust tools designed to enable you to share your expertise, ideas, and feedback with us on a regular basis.

Please visit the site and register to access current and future projects.

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