Project Management Division  |  Courts Project Background

Any option to address the long-term needs of the Albemarle County courts will involve a significant investment over the next five to seven years. Based on the conceptual estimates of a number of options under consideration, a capital investment ranging from $30-40 million will likely be necessary, which represents the largest capital investment the County is anticipating during this period. The Board of Supervisors has indicated a strong desire to understand the full cost implications and functional impacts associated with the project to ensure a prudent long term investment that will meet community needs and benefit County taxpayers.

From 2001–2011, several major studies regarding the design of the Courts and required parking were completed by City and County staff and their consultants. In 2011, the County engaged a planning and design firm to conduct a needs assessment and develop renovation and/or new building options for the court facilities. The study included an assessment of the courts current conditions and projected needs for the next 20+ years, including:

  • Building maintenance, security and operational;
  • Information on population growth and caseload projections;
  • Courts facilities programming requirements;

The study showed current court capacity exceeded by the Circuit and General District court’s projected demands based on population growth, showing a need to substantially expand the court’s capacity. The results of that study initiated the focused effort on meeting the courts system needs that is currently underway. A complete timeline of all major activities and decisions related to the courts expansion project is available in the Major Milestones section of this site, including links to relevant materials.




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