Project Management Division  |  Courts Project

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors respects the fundamental role the Court system plays in our community. Courthouses and their immediate surroundings have served as community centers and commercial hubs in Virginia localities for centuries. Today, our region’s Circuit, General District, and Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts operate within and among the surroundings of the buildings in Court Square. As projected caseload activity continues to increase and our population grows, the facilities and the security they provide are inadequate to meet our current and future needs.

Albemarle County has been actively engaged for a number of years in determining the best option to address the challenges facing our courts and to identify opportunities to improve infrastructure and the efficiency of court operations, while providing the best current and future value for County taxpayers.

On November 2, 2016, a resolution adopted by the Board of Supervisors directed County staff to fully explore and pursue partnership possibilities that deliver the most cost efficient economic benefit to County residents while preserving accessible Court facilities by relocating either Court facilities or County administration offices to an urban area in the County. The resolution outlined justifications for exploring partnership possibilities including:

  1. Potential for significant savings in project costs and debt service
  2. Opportunity for investment of capital funding into urban development and revitalization to expand the County’s commercial and industrial tax base, a goal that has been identified as one of the Board’s highest priorities in the recently endorsed FY17 – 19 Strategic Plan 
  3. Prospect for establishing a new community focal point/catalyst and commercial hub that fully benefits the residents of the County in the most cost efficient manner  

Please use the tabs at the top of this page for more information, including project background, current options, and major milestones and supporting documents.




Board Direction on Government Operations/Courts Relocation Opportunities Analysis 12-20-17
Executive Summary
Press Release

Development Advisor Pubic Hearing 12-18-17
Executive Summary

Updated Cost-Benefit Analysis (revised slightly from Dec. 13)
Clarification to Questions Posed by the Board of Supervisors During Stantec's Dec. 13 Presentation

Development Advisor Update 12-13-17
Executive Summary

Adjacency Report Review 11-16-17
NCSC Presentation
Executive Summary

Development Advisor Update
Stantec Greystone Presentation 11-08-17

Development Advisor Update
Stantec Greystone Presentation 10-11-2017

Development Advisor Update Stantec Greystone Presentation 06-14-2017

Board Resolution Directing County Staff to Explore & Pursue Opportunities Related to the Relocation of County Court Facilities or County Administrative Offices 11-02-2016

Executive Summary for October 24, 2016 Public Meeting

Presentation from October 24, 2016 Public Meeting

Space Allocation Study for Relocation of General District Court to the County Office Building
Moseley Architects' Draft Report 08-26-2016 

Feasibility Study for a Combined General District Court Building 
Moseley Architects' Final Report 08-12-2015

Courts Master Plan Study
Dewberry's Final Report Sept. 2012 


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Project Management Division
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Charlottesville, VA 22902
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