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Posted on: December 1, 2022

Adopting Charlottesville's Climate Action Plan

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On October 3, 2022, the City's Climate Program staff presented Charlottesville's first Climate Action Plan at a City Council work session. The Climate Action Plan is a strategic document aimed at achieving Charlottesville's greenhouse gas reduction goals for 2030 and 2050.

It is a community-wide plan that has been developed based on the key sources and sectors of greenhouse gas emissions and contains a framework of actions that can be implemented by and throughout the community. As a living document, the Plan includes Strategies that are meant to be enduring and Key Actions to complete within the next 1-3 years. The Plan is proposed to be updated annually to reflect progress, completion, and advancement of the Key Actions with a full review of the Plan at least every 5 years. 

The Adoption Process
As part of moving the Climate Action Plan forward for adoption, City staff met with City boards and commissions, discussed next steps with various City departments and divisions, and continued to seek feedback and involvement from the community. This process resulted in some adjustments to the Plan document, which have been incorporated in the November 2022 version, and will be very useful to ongoing Climate Program efforts and implementation of the Plan after adoption.

The process to become an amendment to the City's Comprehensive Plan begins with a public hearing at a joint meeting of the City Council and the Planning Commission - scheduled for Dec. 13, 2022.  City Council will then need to vote to adopt the Climate Action Plan at a future Council meeting.  

The Charlottesville Climate Action Plan
View Charlottesville's Climate Action Plan (PDF) - updated November 2022

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