FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 17, 2024
Charlottesville’s ADA Transition Plan Public Outreach Continues
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – Today, the City of Charlottesville released a “Story Map” website with additional information on its ongoing Americans with Disabilities Act Transition Plan.
The Transition Plan process involves an accessibility barrier self-assessment of City-owned right-of-way (ROW) facilities, parks, programs, and services. A review of the City’s website accessibility is included, as well. The self-assessment of the City’s ROW was completed in 2023, with more than 165 miles of sidewalk assessed for accessibility barriers. City parks have also been assessed, while a review of City facilities and programs/services is ongoing.
The Story Map includes information about the ADA Transition Plan process as well as details about the self-assessments performed on City ROW. Input gleaned from the public engagement survey is also included. Link: Charlottesville's ADA Transition Plan Update (arcgis.com)
“Charlottesville is committed to creating an accessible community for all residents,” ADA Coordinator Paul Rudacille said. “This Transition Plan is a vital component of that commitment, and this Story Map is one way we can share the good work being done with community members.”
Public engagement is a crucial component of an ADA Transition Plan. Charlottesville published a community survey in 2023 with various questions on accessibility in the City. The survey has generated nearly 100 responses and is still open for public input: Charlottesville, VA: ADA Transition Plan Community Engagement Survey (precisioninfrastructuremgmt.com)
In addition, Charlottesville hosted an in-person public engagement meeting in September. Charlottesville will be hosting a second public engagement meeting during the Human Rights Commission meeting on January 18th at 6:30 PM in CitySpace (100 5th St NE, Charlottesville, VA). This meeting will be available for viewing online, with the registration link available here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LR6QoKAwThyzqnl3ynidnw
Following the completion of each area of self-assessment, the City of Charlottesville will work with its partner, Precision Infrastructure Management (PIM), to create “Implementation Plans” for remediating ADA deficiencies found during the self-assessment phase of the project. These implementation plans will be informed by ADA regulations, City code, and public input, among other factors.
Following the drafting of the Implementation Plans, the full ADA Transition Plan will be presented to the public and Charlottesville City Council for comment. The ADA Transition Plan is intended to be a “living document” and should be updated continuously with additional community feedback, updated self-assessments, and updated remediation schedules.
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