PLACE Design Task Force

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The Placemaking, Livability and Community Engagement (PLACE) Design Task Force is an advisory panel created in 2012 that provides guidance to the Charlottesville City Council and the Planning Commission on urban design matters. [1] [2]

The group meets on the second Thursday of the month.[3]

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Council created the group in March 2012 as a successor to the Urban Design Committee, which had disbanded in 2003. At the time, NDS Director Jim Tolbert told Council the group would have been helpful during the discussion of the Belmont Bridge replacement. [2]

Early tasks

One of the group's first tasks was to help select a $150,000 consultant to oversee a land-use study for the Avon Street Corridor south of the Belmont Bridge. [4] This would later become the Strategic Investment Area.

Inital focus was also on the West Main Streetscape as well as the Rivanna River corridor. [5] They were also for a time the steering committee for the Belmont Bridge replacement.

In November 2013, Council agreed to expand membership to include one member of the Charlottesville Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Committee. [6]

Current Members

Roster as of January 2019
Name Title Notes
Mike Stoneking Arch/Land Chair
Fred Wolf Arch/Land Vice Chair
Kathy Galvin Council rep
Clarence Green At-Large
Serena Gruia Arts
Chris Henry Development Appointed July 18, 2016
Rory Stolzenberg Planning Commission
Rachel Lloyd Preservation Former secretary
Tim Mohr Board of Architectural Review Secretary
Andrew Mondschein Multi-modal University of Virginia
Andres Pacheco Arch/Land
Mark Rylander Tree Commission
Lena Seville Bike/Ped
Vacant CAT Rep

Past Members


External links


  1. Web. City Council forms New Task Force for City Urban Planning, Ric Barrick, Press Release, City of Charlottesville, March 7, 2012, retrieved December 27, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, March 5, 2012.
  3. Web. PLACE Design Task Force, City of Charlottesville, retrieved 2019-02-05.
  4. Web. Council OKs task force to study Belmont Bridge corridor, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, March 6, 2012, retrieved December 27, 2016.
  5. Web. PLACE task force considers West Main and Belmont Bridge, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, November 9, 2012, retrieved November 12, 2012.
  6. Web. Bike and pedestrian safety gets more attention in Charlottesville, Maggie Ambrose, Charlottesville Tomorrow, November 12, 2013, retrieved November 12, 2013.