I have had a hard time working up to this post, as the two and a half hour meeting last Thursday night seemed to be so much of the same conflict, same discussions, same end result. The County did a fine presentation that provided a fair amount of useful information. The nature of the presentation took most of the fire out of the several hundred attendees; by the time the public comment session began, there were about 2/3 fewer people in the seats.
For a less opinionated account and podcast, see CvilleTomorrow.
There was no question and answer session, as those questions posed were directed at the BoS; when given the opportunity to stand and respond, Crozet’s Supervisor chose to remain seated. Thanks to the podcast, Supervisors will be able to listen and respond, however.
The best way to summarize the meeting is to say that little was said or presented that helped to alleviate or mitigate the uncertainty that exists.
To paraphrase one of the commenters (listen at 8:00 of this podcast)
When questioned, the County gives the pat answer of “well, it’s in the Master Plan” yet, Wickham Pond is shown as an environmental set-aside on the Master Plan map … why was this taken from five by-right units to 107 units, the answer the planning department gave was “the master plan is just a guide … it is not set in stone … there is a duality here … we need a firm plan.”
It is hard to answer clients’ (and my wife’s and neighbors’) questions about the future of Crozet’s growth as no one seems to really know.
One of the best parts of this blog is the off-line discussions. From a recent (and on-going discussion) with someone who is seeking to relocate to the CharlAlbemarle area from NoVa:
If C’ville continues to try to imitate No VA (i.e. concerns centering around Crozet development, developers squeezing in as great a density as permitted—well there goes the QOL and the neighborhood).Â Again, I reiterate, it’s the “country” of Charlottesville with the little flair of charm, artsy craftsy, good restaurants, etc.Â created by UVA in downtown and “clean,pure wine country, that is C’ville.Â If you haven’t been to NoVA lately—come and see us—particularly at rush hour.Â You’ll get a jolt of reality and what you DON’T want to see happen to C’ville along with all the apparent wishful thinking of many of your folks in the real estate/development industry who seem to be chomping at the bit to try to ignite.
Well said. I wish more would look at the long-term effects of their actions and inactions today. With each of these conflicts and questions, I ask myself: “Will I want my daughters to live here in 25 years?”