While the plan calls for infrastructure to be built in advance of new development, many residential and commercial projects have already been approved, but not yet built.
â€œWe are not excited about the prospect of a lot of development on our doorstep,â€ said Joscelyne, â€œbut we realize that we don’t have a lot of say over that.â€
â€œWe need to improve the entrance into and out of [the village] at Route 250,â€ said Dorrier. â€œThat area is becoming more and more crowded and problematicâ€¦.We need to look carefully at how we are going to solve the transportation issues out there.â€
â€œThe problem with Route 250 is that it is already near capacity, and many new homes have been approved already that will push it beyond capacity,â€ said Joscelyne. â€œNew development simply cannot happen unless the road is widened.â€
Neil Williamson, executive director of the Free Enterprise Forum, sounded a note of caution about the infrastructure goals.
â€œI ask that you look carefully at the restrictions you are placing on new rezonings,â€ said Williamson. â€œI am not sure you want to prevent any rezoning that may come in front of you.â€
Supervisor Dennis Rooker said the guidelines for concurrency of adequate infrastructure were important and a key to getting public support.
â€œWithout that language on future transportation and future rezonings, it wouldn’t have the support of the residents,â€ said Rooker.
The Charlottesville area has a history of building things that require infrastructure without building the actual supporting infrastructure (think: roads, transit, sidewalks, bike paths). The future will be interesting.