Charlottesville City Council (2016-2017)

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Charlottesville City Council (2016-2017) two-year term ran from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2017. The Council was composed of five members elected at-large for four-year terms. At the first regular meeting of the term after the 2015 election, the president of the council (mayor) and the vice-president (vice-mayor) were chosen by the Council. Councilors made $18,000 a year and the mayor made $20,000 a year, the maximum range allowed under state guidelines.

2016 retreat

At the February 2016 retreat, a majority of Councilors agreed to make changes to the way meetings were to be conducted. They included a stricter adherence to Robert's Rules of Order, moving work sessions to the second Monday meeting of each month, imposing time limits on discussions, and limiting City Councilor comments to three minutes. [1] However, the biggest controversy centered around a decision to use a lottery system to choose speakers at Council's first public period. [2] Council voted 4-1 on February 16, 2016 to enact the new changes with Bob Fenwick voting no. [3] The new procedures went into effect beginning with the March 7 meeting. [4]

Downtown Mall


August 12, 2017 “UNITE THE RIGHT” rally

see also 2017 for timeline of events

Renaming streets, parks, etc.


By Resolution approved on December 18, 2017, the City Council authorize the creation of an initial Charlottesville Police Civilian Review Board (“Board”) composed of eight members to be appointed by the Council to a one-year term. The initial Board was tasked with drafting bylaws and defining the Board’s proposed mission.[10] The initial board was appointed in August 2018.

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  1. Web. City Council to Consider Revised Council Procedures, City of Charlottesville, Press Release, City of Charlottesville, February 10, 2016, retrieved December 29, 2016.
  2. Web. Winning the lottery: City Council’s new commenting policy draws controversy, Samantha Baars, News Article, C-Ville Weekly, February 16 2016, retrieved December 29, 2016.
  3. Web. City Council OKs revisions to meeting procedure, Sean Tubbs, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, February 17, 2016, retrieved December 29, 2016.
  4. Web. City Council - New Public Comment Procedures, Press Release, City of Charlottesville, retrieved December 31, 2016.
  5. Web. Mall ambassador program cut in proposed city budget, Lauren Berg, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, March 7, 2016, retrieved December 31, 2016.
  6. Web. Timeline: Major Downtown Mall developments, Staff reports, News Article, The Daily Progress, retrieved September 19, 2020.
  7. Web. Timeline: Major Downtown Mall developments, Staff reports, News Article, The Daily Progress, retrieved September 19, 2020.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Web. FINAL REPORT INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF THE 2017 PROTEST EVENTS IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA, Hunton & Williams LLP, December 1, 2017, retrieved December 1, 2019.

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