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Background on The Growth Area

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

The Crozet Growth Area was created in 1980 when the urban ring growth area around the City was created. The Crozet area already had water and sewer services for its manufacturing plants and was thought to be an ideal place to expand residential units and provide efficient and cost effective services, close to existing treatment plants. Since then interceptors have been improved to deliver sewage to the Moore’s Creek treatment plant east of the City. Improvements to seal out rain infiltration and replace caps on access points have been completed. Further improvements to handle increased capacity are in the planning stages.

The community made its own growth plan in 1980. Behind the scenes from 1980 to 1990, many properties changed hands in preparation for new growth and development. When these new projects came to light, Crozet residents requested to be the first community to participate in master plan development. The first master plan was adopted in 2005 and was a learning experience. Lack of transparency and errors in data presentation left citizens angry that the promised population buildout of 12,500 (for a community of 1200 at the time) had evolved behind the scenes into 25,000. The 2010 master plan review brought the buildout numbers to approximately 16,000 (still a ten-fold or more increase in population).

The next review scheduled in 2015 has not yet occurred. This postponed review has on its agenda consideration of density ranges on the circumference of the growth area where the rural area is across the street. . On the master plan map, the land west of Cory Farm remained yellow during the 2010 review, as a range of 3-6 units per acre, because it had the potential to be connected to other developments on that side of the street to reduce impacts. In discussion during the master plan meetings, the expectation was that it would develop as had its companion on the rest of the farm, Cory Farm neighborhood.

The Crozet Citizens Advisory Committee, CCAC, was created by the board of supervisors eleven years ago as a buffer between the community engagement on the master plan implementation and the board of supervisors. Members are from different neighborhoods, businesses, perspectives, and all meetings are open to the public, advertised and now, live streamed.

The community of Crozet, through its Master Planning process, has always supported the recommendation that with any rezoning there be included 15 percent affordable housing. The current master plan has multiple citations regarding the protection of Rt 250 from further development and that high density should be focused, along with previous county investment, to downtown. Dense developments which are in downtown and provide the high performance desired have been well supported by the CCAC and community.

County affordable housing policy results from 2004 to 2016 include over 1000 units. 387 of those affordable units are in the Crozet Growth Area. $1.5 M in cash contributions was accepted, most of which was prior to 2007. There were more than 4000 units of all types approved for Crozet between 2004 and 2008.

12, 298

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Claudius Crozet attended himself to present the final number.

The readers of the summer reading program at the Western Albemarle-Crozet Library read a record number of books this year- 12,298 an increase of 3000 books read by over 600 readers, up from 400 readers in 2010.

Wendy Saz and her wonderful staff of library leaders have welcomed all residents to their tiny library, all 1700 sq feet of it.

The plans for the new library should be complete during late August and ready for public inspection and board discussion of cost in  September. The library design executive committee will be meeting soon as well. Then comes the challenge of persuading the Board of Supervisors that building the library will be the best investment of 2011 for the County.

community building-one swing step at a time

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Congratulations to the community groups and citizens of Crozet who turned out for the Salute to Swing fundraiser dance for Crozet Fire and Western Rescue on February 5.  The community groups, notably the Lions,  Ruritans, and Community Association, sought ways to work together on projects such as the July4th parade and support their Emergency Service agencies. Their work raised over $2100 cash for the two agencies, plus more in donated expenses.

A large contingent of Boy Scouts from Troup 74 set up tables and chairs. Community members provided refreshments of baked goods and snacks. Brenda Plantz and Parkway Pharmacy installed lovely table decorations and balloons. A wide array of popular raffle items and informal talks by Chief Gentry of the Fire Co and President Bill Wood of WARS spiced up the evening. The breakdown crew had everything to rights by midnight.

By far the highlights were the sensational music of the 17 piece band and the free swing dance lesson from 7-8. A free swing dance lesson with Mike Herring and Melissa Pancurak of  Swing Cville taught everyone several swing steps and stayed for the evening, providing encouragement to dancers and several demonstrations. Members of the band were inspired to one of their best performances by the wild applause and constant dancing.

From 3 to 93, all ages enjoyed the music and the dancing. The community groups put an event together, where each group or person chose their role and stepped up to fulfill it. The result is terrific. Everyone is looking forward to next year.