A few things I’ve been reading over the past few days:
Their request was to rezone 277 acres from single-family residential to the county’s Neighborhood Model zoning. That would allow for between 800 and 1,550 residential units and a maximum of 130,000 square feet for commercial use.
Adjoining neighbors fought – and won – to keep connecting trails limited.
Forest Lakes HOA Board representative Scott Ellif asks for traffic mitigation and removal of trailhead in #Albemarle Brookhill development— Neil Williamson (@NeilSWilliamson) November 10, 2016
Forest Lakes resident suggests picnic area will create problems with kids and homeless people #Albemarle— Neil Williamson (@NeilSWilliamson) November 10, 2016
And from August:
"put the bicycle/ped connection in YOUR neighborhood" overheard at #Albemarle Planning Commission meeting— Neil Williamson (@NeilSWilliamson) August 17, 2016
How will the Trump presidency affect the real estate market?
No idea, and we won’t know until we have the benefit of hindsight. Dr. Yun with the NAR offers some immediate thoughts and insights; his story is well worth a few minutes of your time. I’ll be prognosticating in this month’s note; sign up here if you’re interested.
David Dixon, an architect with Boston-based Stantec, told ULI at a presentation at CitySpace that people with at least a four-year college education and an income in the top 40 percent nationally are increasingly heading to dense urban environments.
Meeting the housing demand for that shift means trillions of dollars will be invested in downtowns across the country by 2030, and the investment will not fully satisfy demand, he said.
“This country needs to add between 2011 and 2030 nearly 50 million urban housing units, and we cannot provide that many,” he said. “You can imagine what that does to the values.”
Denser urban landscapes, Dixon said, will lower carbon emissions by encouraging the use of public transit, walking and biking instead of individual cars. Two planned projects in Boston and Tampa, Florida, are being designed around autonomous electric public transit in lieu of personal vehicles.
But those benefits could come with soaring housing costs and land values as demand continues to increase and cities reach buildout, which will push poor and working-class families away from city centers, Dixon said.
We are at an interesting point in our area’s evolution; new projects that are proposed near existing homes/neighborhoods/developments inevitably are met by immediate and often vociferous opposition. People want growth to happen, just not near them; people want affordable housing, just not near them. At some point, the Charlottesville – Albemarle community is going to realize that the environment they have created/allowed to be created is one that is not conducive to a productive society.
When librarians, police, firefighters, teachers, cashiers, servers, etc, etc, are unable to live anywhere but “somewhere else” what will be left here?