County Reaches Out To Neighborhoods

Albemarle County Community Engagement Specialist Emily Kilroy speaking at the Neighborhood Leadership Summit in April 2015. Photo: Jody Lewis.

To facilitate better community involvement in the planning process, Albemarle County is reaching out to Woodbrook and other neighborhoods through its newly staffed Department of Community Engagement. To discover how this might benefit Woodbrook residents, we talked with Community Engagement Specialist Emily Kilroy about her work in the community. We caught up with Emily at her office in the Albemarle County Office Building on McIntire road. Our interview was recorded on July 7, 2015.

Listen to our interview with Emily Kilroy (20m)

“My office specifically works on engaging with the community, making sure that residents have a way to access all the different services and programs that the County is running,” said Kilroy during our interview. Kilroy is also responsible for collecting public comment and does the detective work, if needed, to find the best person who can answer a question from the public. Kilroy is often the contact person for the County’s AMail email list. The AMail system allows County residents to subscribe to both general County news as well as many specific topics. According to Kilroy, the AMail system currently has about 4500 subscribers.

Getting people involved on issues in the earliest stages of planning is a priority for Kilroy. “I think the main purpose of my position is to make sure that people find out about things before there is a big problem,” said Kilroy. “Typically, when there is a big question, or a big development project coming to the area, residents will show up at a Planning Commission meeting or a Board of Supervisors meeting on the night that it’s being decided,” she added. Kilroy went on to say that the earlier in the development process a concern is raised the more likely a solution can be found that will satisfy everyone involved.

Filling positions on County boards and commissions is an important part of Kilroy’s job. “The ones that I’m most closely involved with sort of fall into two buckets, one are citizen advisory committees and the other are special issue committees,” said Kilroy. She added that citizen committee meetings are open to the public, making them a good way to meet your neighbors and other stakeholders who have an interest in a particular planning area. Meetings are usually held monthly in the evenings and run from 90 minutes to two hours.

Some Woodbrook residents say they don’t volunteer for advisory committees because the committees don’t take their input seriously. “I think the commitment by the County to really take citizen committees seriously can be seen in the creation of my position, which for many years was vacant,” said Kilroy. “This Board of Supervisors has been very receptive to hearing from citizen committees.”

One committee that might interest Woodbrook residents is the Places 29 (RIO) Community Advisory Committee, which has vacancies at the time of this writing. The Committee works on transportation and development questions. Interested residents can apply to join the committee here.

For Woodbrook residents who would like to see a committee in action right now, the Water Resources Funding Advisory Committee is working throughout the summer on public engagement outreach. Their next meeting is July 21, 2015, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Northside Library. Greg Harper, the water resources manager for the County, will give a presentation on the Committee’s work, with time afterwards for questions and comments from the audience.

Woodbrook residents are encouraged to contact Emily with their questions or comments by telephone at 434-296-5841 Ext. 3422 or by email at

Albemarle County Police Speak at Woodbrook Meeting

Captain Pete Mainzer speaking to Woodbrook residents at Woodbrook Elementary School. The event was organized by Woodbrook resident Audrey Kocher in conjunction with the Albemarle County Department of Community Engagement.

On June 3, 2015, a group of about 16 Woodbrook residents attended a presentation on geo-policing by the Albemarle County Police Department (ACPD) at Woodbrook Elementary School. To bring their message to a wider Woodbrook audience, we interviewed two of the presenters. Captain Pete Mainzer joined the ACPD in 1986 and has responsibility for the Jefferson Patrol District which encompasses the northern and eastern part of Albemarle County. Lieutenant Tim Aylor is the Deputy District Commander for the Jefferson District and has served on the force since 1995. We caught up with the officers at the ACPD headquarters on 5th Street Extended. The interview was recorded on June 30, 2015.

Listen to our interview with Captain Mainzer and Lieutenant Aylor. (36m)

The Albemarle County Police Department was created in 1983; Albemarle County is one of just nine counties in Virginia with a dedicated police force. In December 2012, the ACPD was reorganized to implement geo-policing. Geographic-based policing is a revised version of community-oriented policing, says Mainzer in this interview. “We’ve created district teams,” said Mainzer, “and those teams consist of uniformed patrol officers, some of our detectives, animal control officers, some of our school resource officers, [and] some of our fire marshals that work along side us.” District officers work in the same geographic part of the county every day. “The creation of these district teams has really provided a much better system of accountability at all levels,” said Mainzer. In geo-policing’s final implementation, Mainzer expects to see the establishment of precinct stations within each district.

The Woodbrook community is in sector two of the Jefferson district. Sector two consists of everything east of US29 from the city limits at Hydraulic Road up to Polo Grounds Road.

According to Lieutenant Aylor, the most common crime in Woodbrook is theft from vehicles.

According to Lieutenant Aylor, the three most common crimes that occur in Woodbrook are larcenies from vehicles, scams, and daytime burglaries. “We particularly see an up-tick in larcenies from vehicles during the warm summertime months,” said Aylor, “It’s a crime of opportunity.” Vehicles that are unlocked are especially vulnerable to the theft of change, sunglasses, GPS devices, and anything else that can be carried on foot, said Aylor. “If you see a person at two or three o’clock in the morning, and they have a backpack on, they’re probably not making the right decisions,” he said. The lieutenant went on to say that it’s important to store valuables out of sight and to keep your vehicle locked at all times. Better yet, says Aylor, take your valuables inside with you.

Another precaution Woodbrook residents can take to prevent crime is to keep their property neat. “It could be a simple thing as keeping your lawn and your bushes trimmed,” said Aylor, “that’s a place where criminals could hide.”

Some Woodbrook residents have indicated that they are reluctant to report small crimes to the police. But according to Aylor, the ACPD wants to hear about all crimes committed in the neighborhood. “If you think it’s suspicious, we want to be called,” he said. Crimes in progress should be reported via the 9-1-1 system. “We try to get to emergency calls [from Woodbrook] within five minutes or less, 85% of the time.” said Mainzer. Past or non-emergency crimes can be reported through the non-emergency number, 434-977-9041, or via the ACPD web site.

Summertime brings a lot of door-to-door soliciting to Woodbrook. “[Criminals] will target an older person, an elderly person, where they will overcharge them for a small job,” is one example of a common door-to-door scam, said Aylor. He also said that a criminal will sometimes distract a homeowner in front of their house while their partner enters the home through the rear.

“What we encourage citizens to do is to call us if they want their house checked,” said Aylor

If you plan to be away for a vacation or long trip, “What we encourage citizens to do is to call us if they want their house checked,” said Aylor. The ACPD will assign an Auxiliary Police officer to check your property periodically during your absence.

The department’s Facebook page is used to alert citizens of potential crimes, motorist alerts, and other important bulletins. “From our stand point, with the ACPD, [Facebook] is a huge vehicle for us to push out information to the public,” said Mainzer.

Regarding the grade-separated interchange at Rio Road and US 29, the ACPD is not anticipating significant problems. “We’re in constant contact VDOT about the timeline and about the project as a whole,” said Mainzer. “I understand that much of the work, specifically at the grade-separated interchange is going to occur during the nighttime hours, so that may lessen some of the impact for people that have to travel along that corridor.”

What do you think? Have you had a recent need to call the police? Was your problem resolved to your satisfaction? How can the ACPD improve service to the Woodbrook Neighborhood? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Albemarle Supervisor Brad Sheffield Responds to Woodbrook’s GSI Concerns

As a follow-up to our previous story on the grade-separated interchange (GSI) at US 29 and Rio Road, we asked Rio District Supervisor Brad Sheffield to address some of the issues raised by Woodbrook residents. Supervisor Sheffield addressed our questions in an interview recorded at the County Office Building on February 10, 2015.

I began by asking Supervisor Sheffield about current traffic levels. Many Woodbrook residents believe that traffic congestion has yet to reach the level that justifies the development of the GSI. “[VDOT] also looks at approved and by-right growth, and this is the biggest thing that has been ignored in the conversations about traffic projections that I hope people will understand,” said Sheffield. Referring to development on US 29 North Sheffield said, “There’s a daunting amount of growth that has already been approved; Hollymead is still not built out and there is still hundreds and hundreds of thousands of square feet of commercial space planned.” The biggest of these developments, North Pointe, includes about a million square feet of commercial space and about a thousand homes, adding tens of thousands of cars to US 29, according to Sheffield.

Listen to our full interview with Supervisor Sheffield here. (33m)

“Hydraulic [Road] is a great example of what happens when we wait too long,” said Sheffield, addressing our question of why this intersection isn’t being developed first. “I think when VDOT looked at these projects, and looked at what money they were going to allocate, the 230 million dollars, I think they looked at what they could do what people like to call shovel ready.” Sheffield went on to say that they looked for a project with manageable right-of-way constraints. That the intersection is located partly in Albemarle County and partly in the City of Charlottesville also complicates the issue at Hydraulic Road, Sheffield explained.

I asked Supervisor Sheffield a question that has been on many minds here in Woodbrook, that is, why not build out the Berkmar and Hillsdale extensions before investing in the development of the GSI. “When [VDOT] started to analyze the parallel roads, it was immediately apparent that the Rio intersection was going to be directly impacted,” said Sheffield. The VDOT analysis predicts that traffic flowing north and south on Berkmar and Hillsdale will eventually flow into US 29 at Rio Road, increasing the traffic volume at the intersection and causing it to fail, according to Sheffield.

“We have six business representatives on [the] panel that I participate in every other Thursday,” said Sheffield in response to our question on the effect of the GSI on local businesses. “I believe that the decline of this area commercially is very directly related to the congestion [in this area],” he said. He hopes that local businesses will continue to interact with VDOT to maintain their visibility at this intersection. According to Sheffield, improving the intersection will bring new business to the area. “There is a special use permit site plan that has been submitted recently for a 130 bed hotel to be put at this intersection,” he added.

To address concerns about congestion at the Woodbrook and US 29 traffic light, Sheffield said that during construction a U-turn will be provided near Carter Myers Automotive to allow vehicles to turn around before reaching the Woodbrook light. “South of the [Rio/29] intersection, right at Berkmar drive, there will be a temporary light as well as the ability to make a U-turn,” he said, the idea being that at least some traffic will be routed around the Woodbrook traffic lights during the construction stage of the project. After construction, northbound vehicles trying to reach Goodwill will need to make a U-turn at the Woodbrook lights. Sheffield believes that this will have a “minimal impact” on the intersection. He does concede that following construction, the Woodbrook and US 29 intersection “will be the number one intersection that is going to have to be managed properly.”

Supervisor response, or lack thereof, to Woodbrook concerns is a recurring issue here. According to Sheffield, the Board of Supervisors has seen about 1700 signatures. That’s compared to the 13,000 signatures that Smart29 says it has collected in opposition to the GSI. “If that is the case, we have not been provided any petitions at all that have accumulated to 13,000 signatures,” said Sheffield. “I think we are listening to the public. I held six town hall meetings, two that were specifically advertised for this project,” said Sheffield. “The most common theme that comes up [among constituents] is ‘just get something done’,” he added.

In closing, Sheffield said “I encourage people to reach out to me. Ask me the questions—I will try to get you the answers.”

County Begins Construction on Woodbrook Lagoon Project

The Woodbrook Lagoon project has been in the planning stage for almost four years. Construction began last week.

Water Resources Manager Greg Harper has spent the last six years working on water management projects for Albemarle County. A portion of his time for the last four of those years has been dedicated to the Woodbrook Lagoon project. The project’s construction phase began last week. On Thursday I interviewed Mr. Harper about the project.

“Our goal all along was to essentially capture some of the storm water that flows down through that area,” said Harper. The project also plans to remove pollutants and attenuate the water flows to protect the stream downstream. “[We want] to ecologically enhance the area,” he added.

Listen to our full-length interview with Water Resources Manager, Greg Harper (37m)

As Woodbrook’s long-term residents know, the Lagoon has been a bit of a sore point with the community. In the 1970s it was used for the dumping of raw or partially treated sewage. According to Harper, that wasn’t completely rectified until the 1980s. “I’m sure the neighborhood was happy to see it go,” said Harper referring to a 1984 clean up of the Lagoon.

In the past, others have worked on the Lagoon, not always to its improvement. “This channel now follows this path that was probably excavated by a big machine into the Arden Place side of the Lagoon,” said Harper. Harper points out that a healthy stream likes to meander rather than follow an artificially made straight path.

Greg Harper (Photo courtesy Charlottesville Tomorrow)

“We are looking at the vegetation on the site, and the streams, and we are going to remove invasive trees and shrubs and grasses to the extent we can and plant back a lot of native species,” said Harper. “What we have is a really nice ecology on that property that is going to serve wild life and be an attractive place to walk through,” he said.

The County plans to make a minimal impact on the area. “We are not going to be moving a lot of soil out there,” said Harper. “We are not going to be taking out a lot of big trees, and we will be planting a lot of trees back.”

Equipment and vehicles will enter the site via the existing road stub at the corner of Brookmere Road and Idlewood Drive. Dump trucks and track backhoes will be used for the majority of the construction. “We want to keep our construction footprint as small as possible,” Harper said.

With regard to noise during construction Harper said he does not expect this to be a problem. Weekend work will require special permission from the County, and that permission will only be given in unusual circumstances. Harper expects work crews will begin working around 7:00 am, finishing up around 6:00 pm. It’s expected that the project will be largely completed by the end of July.

Access to the Lagoon will be pretty much as it is today. “This project doesn’t involve trail building,” said Harper. Woodbrook access will continue to be via Idlewood Drive. No special provisions are being made for access from the Arden Place side.

Woodbrook residents with questions or problems may contact the project manager, Gregor Patsch, at 434-872-4501 x 7914 or by email at

You can learn more about the Woodbrook Lagoon project here. Mr. Harper has kindly offered to answer questions posted in the comment area below.

Residents Discuss New Ball Field Before Tuesday Meeting

Field construction completed last week. In December residents were assured that there would be no further construction on the field until all outstanding issues were resolved.

In preparation for this Tuesday’s meeting with developers and school officials, a panel of four Woodbrook residents met Saturday to discuss issues surrounding the development of a new ball field at Woodbrook Elementary School.

The new field is being developed by the Carson Raymond Foundation in memory of Carson Raymond, a student at the school who passed away in October.

The panel consisted of Woodbrook Community Association President Susan Reed, Woodbrook residents Jim and Morgan Perkins and Woodbrook Community Association treasurer Mary Hobson. Collectively, the panel members have lived in the Woodbrook neighborhood for over 50 years.

Panelists talked about a wide range of concerns from traffic to vandalism. Many are concerned that the scope of the project will over power the neighborhood.

Listen to the panel’s comments:

A public meeting on the field will be held in the Woodbrook Elementary School library this Tuesday, January 12th at 7:30 p.m. All concerned Woodbrook residents are encouraged to attend.

On the left, a dugout at Pen Park similar to that proposed for Woodbrook field. On the right, damage caused by vandals while attempting to gain access to locked facilities, also at Pen Park.

Foundation to Address Neighborhood Concerns Tuesday

Members of the Carson Raymond Foundation, along with school officials, will address Woodbrook resident’s concerns arising from its plans to develop the school’s baseball field at a public meeting Tuesday. The Foundation has, in the view of some Woodbrook residents, big plans for Woodbrook Field. We spoke with John Raymond, the foundation’s president, by telephone Friday about its plans for the field.

Listen to our interview with Foundation President Raymond (13m)

Construction on the field began on November 20th. “The first part of the plan is to tear down the existing back stop which we did two weeks ago. It was old and not really useful for a Little League field,” said Raymond during the interview. Raymond hopes to have the construction completed by spring 2010.

Some residents have expressed concern that, once completed, the new field will be used for a variety of sports other than t-ball. “The only other sport that it really would be designed for is Little League baseball,” said Raymond. With regard to game-day traffic Raymond said, “I don’t imagine there would be any more traffic than there is currently for soccer games,” he said. “There’s typically about 10 – 12 kids on a team, so your talking, when a game is being played, maybe 20 – 40 cars coming into the neighborhood.” John went on to say that currently there is sufficient parking in the school’s three lots and circle to handle game parking. “I can’t imagine there would be any need to park on the street for people coming to the games,” he said.

Nor will there be the need for a public address system on the field. “It’s going to be a relatively simple field,” he said.

Responsibility for field maintenance has yet to be determined. However, Mr. Raymond doesn’t see this as a problem. “The members of the foundation have a vested interest in making sure this field is a fitting tribute… that is what we set out for it to be, a beautiful place for kids to go play,” he said. “We have plenty of volunteers who have already signed up saying whatever you need as far a field maintenance goes, I’m happy to do it.”

Much concern has been raised by residents over the installation of the two 8′ x 20′ dugouts, and in particular who will keep them locked, clean and free of graffiti. “If [the field] is used by the Little League, they would be responsible for maintaining the structure, and, if they determine not to use [the field] the foundation will be responsible for maintaining the structure,” John said.

In addressing concerns about the scale of the project Mr. Raymond said, “I think that [residents] maybe overestimating the project. It’s going to be a relatively simple field.” “There is going to be a lot of landscaping done to ensure that the view from [resident’s homes] is actually improved as opposed to diminished — I think you will find that it will actually be a plus for the neighborhood, an asset.”

Several residents have raised concerns over the potential use of the dugouts for drug trafficking or other criminal behavior. John doesn’t see this as being an outcome of the project. “The only time the dugouts will be [unlocked] is when teams are playing on the field for practices or games,” he said.

In closing John said, “I do understand the concerns [of the community], certainly anything new in the neighborhood – you want to make sure it’s done right.” Raymond added, “I honestly believe that this field, once it’s built, will be a tremendous asset for Woodbrook and will be a source of pride for the community, and I’m honored to be able to put it there.”

The meeting will take place in the Woodbrook Elementary School library at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday December 8, 2009. All Woodbrook residents are encouraged to attend. You can learn more about the foundation’s plans for Woodbrook field here.

Places29: Planning Commission to Hear Public Comment Tuesday

On Tuesday October 27, 2009, the Albemarle County Planning Commission will hold a public meeting to hear comment on the Places29 Draft Master Plan. The Plan covers the four Development Areas north of the City of Charlottesville: Neighborhood 1, Neighborhood 2, the Community of Hollymead, and the Community of Piney Mountain. When adopted, the Master Plan will be a component of the Land Use section of the County’s Comprehensive Plan. The draft plan, including the Vision and Guiding Principles, has been developed with extensive citizen input, starting in 2005 with a series of public workshops and open houses. The meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. in Lane Auditorium in the County Office Building with an open house from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. prior.

To obtain a better understanding of how the plan will affect Woodbrook residents; we spoke with Judy Wiegand, a Senior Planner for Albemarle County. Ms. Wiegand’s primary job responsibility is to coordinate the Places29 Master Plan.

Listen to our interview with planner Wiegand. (18m)

“Basically Places29 is a vision plan,” said Ms Wiegand in a telephone interview with this blog recorded on October 22, 2009. It’s expected to take decades before the plan is fully implemented. “Parts of the master plan, like the recommended transportation network, which is also shown in the plan, are based on a 20-year population estimate,” said Wiegand.

The plan has not yet been adopted and is currently under review by the Planning Commission. “We hope the Commission will be ready to make a recommendation on the plan, to the board of supervisors, by the end of this year,” Wiegand said.

When asked about specific elements of the Plan that might affect Woodbrook residents Wiegand said, “There are plans, in the Master Plan, to extend turn lanes that are on US 29 that feed into Woodbrook”. On the issue of neighborhood connectivity she added, “The Places29 Master Plan doesn’t have any specific direction about connectivity in the Woodbrook neighborhood,” then added, “We don’t have any [neighborhood] connections that are proposed”

The Plan does include requirements that will affect the way Woodbrook residents travel to and from the neighborhood. “It’s going to provide some alternate routes, so that once Woodbrook residents come out of – get out on to 29 – they would have some alternate routes to get to different parts of the area,” said Wiegand.

When asked about the Tuesday Albemarle County Planning Commission meeting Wiegand said, “[Woodbrook residents] will be able to speak to the Commission directly – and give their opinions – to ask questions – and we would really like to have them do it because we want to know what they think about the plan.” “We do definitely encourage people to come, we would very much like to have them there.” There will also be an open house prior to the meeting where maps and copies of the plans will be available for viewing. County staff will be present to answer questions about the plan.

The Albemarle County Web site has an impressive, if not overwhelming, collection of documents for the plan. “I would recommend, if people go on to the Web site, that they look at chapter four, which is the meat of the plan, it’s the future land use and transportation chapter, and then they can also look at chapter eight which talks about implementation,” said Ms. Wiegand. She went on to offer this invitation to all County residents, “I would be happy if people want to call with questions or if they want to e-mail me with questions – I can also direct them to particular parts of the plan where they can find answers to more specific questions.” You can e-mail Ms. Wiegand at .

But don’t expect a quick fix to the County’s traffic problems. “One of the problems we have right now is funding, because there simply isn’t any funding for transportation projects,” said Wiegand. But once funding becomes available Wiegand sees a bright future for Woodbrook commuters. “What Woodbrook residents will see as they drive out of their neighborhood is they will start seeing that certain places where they were used to getting stuck in traffic – they won’t,” she said.

Local Candidate Interviews: David Slutzky

Candidate Slutzky
(Facebook Photo)

The Woodbrook Neighborhood Blog is pleased to bring you exclusive interviews with both Rio District candidates. In this, the second of a two part series, we speak with incumbent Democrat David Slutzky. Mr. Slutzky’s opponent is Republican Rodney Thomas.

I asked Mr Slutzky about traffic levels at the Woodbrook lights, vacating the County right-of-way to Arden Place, restoring the Woodbrook neighborhood sign and his take on how the Places 29 master plan might affect Woodbrook residents. I spoke with Mr. Slutzky via telephone from his home on October 8, 2009.

Listen to our interview with candidate Slutzky

In part one of this series we interviewed Republican candidate Rodney Thomas.

Local Candidate Interviews: Rodney Thomas

Candidate Thomas (Facebook Photo)

The Woodbrook Neighborhood Blog is pleased to bring you exclusive interviews with both Rio District candidates. In this, the first of a two part series, we speak with Republican Rodney Thomas. Mr. Thomas’s opponent is incumbent Democrat David Slutzky.

I asked Mr Thomas about traffic levels at the Woodbrook lights, vacating the County right-of-way to Arden Place, restoring the Woodbrook neighborhood sign and his take on how the Places 29 master plan might affect Woodbrook residents. I spoke with Mr. Thomas via telephone from his office on September 29, 2009.

Listen to our interview with candidate Thomas

In part two of this series we interview incumbent Democratic candidate David Slutzky. Look for it right here tomorrow.

Proposed Footpath Connects with Woodbrook Lagoon Project

County planners have reconsidered plans to provide a direct footpath connection between the proposed Arden Place development and Woodbrook. In the new proposal the footpath would instead connect with the Woodbrook Lagoon Project, which in turn would connect with Woodbrook. “What we are recommending now is that the Arden Place development connect to that public project, the Woodbrook Lagoon project,” said Bill Fritz, Chief of Current Development for the County, during an interview last Friday.

“In our opinion if connection to Woodbrook is ever made through the Lagoon project, that would afford the residents of Woodbrook the opportunity to access the commercial and other activities that occur to the south of them,” said Fritz referring to destinations such as Northside Library, Carmike Cinema and ACAC.

Listen to our complete interview with County planners Fritz and Gatobu. (15m)

While many Woodbrook residents continue to oppose any southern connection, Fritz believes that this may not be a fair representation of neighborhood opinion. “The trail system connection to Woodbrook currently does exist, there are well defined trails that exist within Arden Place which is an indication that while people didn’t come speak at the planning commission meeting that they were in favor of the trail – they are speaking with their feet, if you will, by [the] trails being there, ” said Fritz. “There is obviously a demand for some form of connection,” he added. “Further, it’s our opinion that if a formal trail system is not established, that an informal trail system will create itself. It’s our opinion that an established, defined trail, is a better and safer trail,” said Fritz.

With regard to the proposed road connection, “the developer has revised the plan to show no connection to the Woodbrook subdivision,” said Gerald Gatobu, the Principal Planner for the County responsible for the Arden Place development. “[the developers] have met the two public standard road that was required.” “The second point of access is now at Rio and not going through Woodbrook as was shown before.” Gatobu said.

Gatobu then went on to describe the footpath the County is considering, “it will be a ten foot wide paved [trail] and will be maintained — we are still working out the details of the maintenance — either with the applicant or with the County,” he said.

When asked about the format of the September 8th planning commission meeting Gatobu said, “it’s up to the planning commission chair, but I believe people will be given the exact same three minutes to express themselves — for or against — and in this case we encourage, and always do encourage, the public’s participation.” September 8th will be the last opportunity for Woodbrook residents to express their opinions on the development.

We will have more information on the September 8th planning commission meeting as it becomes available.