The Cherry Avenue Effort

Charlottesville’s Fifeville Neighborhood is working with the Thomas Jefferson Planning District (TJPDC) to cause positive change in their community. By December of 2018, the City and Neighborhood will have a detailed plan for bringing about that change. The process to get there will be as important as the results, as the community comes together to create a plan for the future of this historic neighborhood.

Study Area Map

Study Area Map


Late in the summer of 2016, City Planning Commissioners designated the Cherry Avenue Corridor for the next small area planning initiative. The Commissioners cited several factors that influenced their decision to focus efforts on this area:

  • Stresses on the neighborhood/corridor from commuter traffic,
  • Large approved development under construction, anchoring the east and west ends of the corridor,
  • Large numbers of vacant lots with potential for development along the corridor, and
  • The ability to utilize the groundwork laid by the neighborhood in developing a Visioning document dated May 12, 2016.

What is Area Planning

Area Plans are like mini Comprehensive Plans that focus on a smaller area within a community. They can be for a town, neighborhood or a geographic area.  Area plans are shorter than comprehensive plans and often contain a set of specific recommendations and policy actions that can be taken to implement the vision of the plan. In Virginia, the authority to do area plans is provided by State enabling legislation Code 15.2-2223, -223.1, 2232.