Interactive Mapping Tools

CFRP believes that good planning starts with good data and analytical tools. The Comprehensive Plan process has fallen short on both counts. In doing our own research on the plan, we have developed mapping tools to help answer questions about Charlottesville’s housing situation. We want to share those tools with the community so that residents can come to an informed opinion on the plan. We encourage people to start with our research. But those who want to go further can use the mapping tools below to get further into the details.

September FLUM Overview Map

The map provides an overview of the FLUM citywide. Many correspondents told us they had trouble reading the PDF map provided by RHI as part of Cville Plans Together. Cut them some slack, they only got paid like $1mm! We constructed this map to help. You can turn on or off different categories by clicking on “layers” and selecting or deselecting. The categories are constructed at a parcel-by-parcel level and combined into category layers. The interface in standard Google Maps

If you want to look at the FLUM with clickable parcel level detail available, you can go to our neighborhood maps. Due to Google Maps limitations, we can only have a limited number of items per map, so we had to divide the FLUM into several maps. Choose your neighborhood of interest and drill down here!

Development Opportunities

We posted a research piece about the extent of opportunities for development in the city under current zoning. Here you can go into more detail into the map that underlies that analysis. There are layers for 1) vacant residential parcels, 2) low-value commercial properties and 3) parcels zoned above R-1 which at present contain only a single unit.

Property Sale Map

In response to repeated references by members of the Planning Commission and City Council to houses selling above their tax assessed values, we did some systematic analysis of assessment-to-sales ration. The Property Sale Map allows anyone to examine a map of property sales, with sales below assessment colored blue and sales above assessment colored green. Click on any property to see details. There are layers for 2020-1, 2019, and 2018 sales.

“The Severely Upzoned”

A parcel-level map showing those parcels that started in one of the R-1 or R-1S zoning types and was assigned to a higher category than General Residential. For comparison, we also have the parcels (best we could figure — so consider tentative!) owned by a PC or CC member. We do not suggest that the fact that none seem to be “severely” upzoned is more than coincidence, as the probability of this happening to 10 randomly drawn parcels is not unreasonably low. We only point this out because FLUM proponents have suggested that criticism of the FLUM is presumptively invalid if it happens to come more heavily from “expensive” neighborhoods. Under that standard, the outcome for PC and CC members’ properties should be of interest. We’d prefer than in neither case the particular circumstances of the author of an opinion be considered more important than the logic of the argument itself.

As always, if you have questions, comments or suggestions for future research/tools, email us.