Parking is a perennial topic of discussion in downtown Charlottesville. For instance, one reason Albemarle County is considering moving its court system out of downtown is a perceived lack of parking. 
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Council approved parking meters in the city-owned parking lots on High Street, Water Street, Seventh Street, and Williams Street on September 8, 1953. Meters were also approved for Jefferson Street with a two-hour limit. 
A 2008 parking study found that downtown Charlottesville has about 6,000 parking spaces. 5,000 are off-street and 1,000 are on-street. Council opted not to create a new system of zones in February 2009. 
In 2014, the Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville asked City Council to consider charging for on-street parking. Mayor Satyendra Huja called for a parking management study to be created within sixty days. 
The following spots are managed by the private Charlottesville Parking Center
- Market Street Parking Garage - 500 spaces (450 public)
- Water Street Parking Garage - 1019 (843 public)
- Water Street Parking Lot
- City Market lot
- Web. Albemarle Supervisors still open to moving courts from Charlottesville, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, June 4, 2014, retrieved June 19, 2014.
- Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, September 8, 1953.
- Web. Council modifies downtown parking; keeps 2 hour spots, Fania Gordon, Charlottesville Tomorrow, retrieved June 19, 2014.
- Web. Downtown group asks council to charge for on-street parking, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, December 1, 2014, retrieved December 8, 2014.