CCAC Meeting 17 February 2016 | Roads & Houses & More

Transportation, road networks, bicycle lanes and sidewalks … connectivity, new and proposed residential development … (like it or not), this is where change happens and how our community grows. (bolding mine)

CROZET COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Crozet Library
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


  1. AgendaReview (David Stoner-CCAC chair)
  2. Approval of Minutes
  3. Blue Ridge Heritage Project (Bill Henry, BRHP)
  4. Project Discussions:(CCAC Members)
    1. ReStore-n-Station Phase II SUP (Special Use Permit)
    2. Adelaide Rezoning
  5. Transportation Planning Presentation and Discussion (Phil Best and Gerald Gatobu, Principal Planner, Transportation, Albemarle County)
  6. CCAC open seats reminder & officer nominations (JohnSavage)
  7. Items not listed on the agenda
  8. Announcements
  9. Future Agenda Items
    1. March 16 – Public Meeting-Foothills Crossing/Daily Property Rezoning Proposal
    2. March 16 – Update – West Glenn Project-Powells Creek Stream Crossing

Western Albemarle Rescue Squad has a new Toolbox

Technically, it’s a Heavy Rescue truck, but apparently they call it a toolbox.

Heavy Rescue’s (sic) carry large quantities of tools, chains, air bags, lights, large cribbing/shoring, hydraulic equipment, ropes, rigging, air, and lighting. Fire trucks tend to carry limited amounts of the above lighting but in very technical situations you need more that was is typically carried. The Vehicle’s primary function is vehicle rescue/extrication. It has the capabilities to provide large scale scene lighting, mobile SCBA (air bottles) refills, ropes and rigging, large vehicle extrication and shoring, and large scale lifting of vehicles, tractor trailers, and even train cars. Most refer to a heavy rescue as a large moving toolbox.

All I know is that I’m always grateful (having never having used their services) that they are there.

A little patience and a few extra eyes making sure the truck fit in the building without any problems. Worked like a charm!

Posted by Western Albemarle Rescue Squad on Sunday, February 7, 2016

Self-Defense Clinic – 20 February at Greenwood Community Center

It’s on the Crozet Calendar, but I think warrants a better nudge –

  • Ever find yourself running or walking alone through your neighborhood or on one of Crozet’s amazing trails?
  • Ever let your child walk to a friend’s house down the street?
  • Is your high schooler getting ready to head off to a college campus?

Join Crozet Running and the Charlottesville Budokan for an afternoon of self-defense. Learn best practices and hands-on techniques from experts on how to get away from trouble. Although Crozet is a safe and happy town, it is not a bubble and we all need to be able to protect ourselves.

What: Self-Defense Clinic

When: Saturday, February 20th, 2:00-3:15

Who: Adults and kids age 7 and up

Where: Greenwood Community Center

Wear: Athletic or comfortable clothes

Cost:  $10 cash or check to Charlottesville Budokan

Questions?  Email:   allen_hatcher@msn.com

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Grease is the Word

Chloe Horner, as Sandy Dumbrowski, and Cutter Mendenhall, as Danny Zuko (center) rehearse "You're the One That I Want" with the T-Birds, Pink Ladies, and other Rydell High students in Western Albemarle's production of "Grease," opening March 17 2016
Chloe Horner, as Sandy Dumbrowski, and Cutter Mendenhall, as Danny Zuko (center) rehearse “You’re the One That I Want” with the T-Birds, Pink Ladies, and other Rydell High students in Western Albemarle’s production of “Grease,” opening March 17.

Grease Is the Word!

by Will Sigmon

Western Albemarle High School will be performing the Tony-Award-winning musical “Grease” in its auditorium March 17-19.

Directed by drama teacher Caitlin Pitts, the rock ‘n’ roll production is set in 1959, when “good girl” (Sandy Dumbrowski) falls in love with (unbeknownst to her) a rough, tough gang leader (Danny Zuko) of the high school gang called the T-Birds over the summer. Once school begins, though, they and their friends struggle with peer pressure, sex vs love, gang violence and other adolescent issues.

Fans of Western’s productions will be treated to a talented cast including newcomers and veterans. In his Western acting debut, Cutter Mendenhall shows off his dancing, singing and acting chops as Danny. Chloe Horner, a “Silly Girl” from last year’s “Beauty and the Beast,” takes the female lead as Sandy. Freshman Ben Nordbrock plays Danny’s gang lieutenant Kenickie. Ryann Sheehy, who starred as elegant Belle in last year’s “Beauty,” shows her rougher edges as Rizzo.

Adult advance tickets for “Grease” will soon go on sale online and at Western for $12, $14 at the door (student and senior citizen prices are $6 and $8, respectively). Doors for the March 17-19 evening shows open at 6:30 p.m.; curtain is at 7:30 p.m. There is also a 2:00 matinee on Saturday. Please note that, due to cancelled rehearsals resulting from inclement weather, performances may be postponed for snow dates to be announced later.

For more information, visit the official Facebook page at WAHS Drama Presents “Grease.”

Crashes on 64 Between Charlottesville & Crozet – More on Less in 2015?

That felt like a common theme in 2015, particularly in the second half of the year.

64 between Charlottesville (118) and Crozet (107)seemed to have had a lot more crashes in 2015 than in previous years.  Maybe this feeling came from more traffic or more awareness via facebook, twitter, and waze,  Either way, I wanted to find the answer to this question:

“have there been more crashes on 64 recently?” I’d like to see the last 5 years data between 118 and Crozet …

As of right now, it looks like 2015 had the fewest crashes in years.

Keep in mind that the 2015 data is preliminary; I’ll provide an update once they send me the final data.

I asked Albemarle County Police, then the State Police, then the County Police, then the DMV, then the State Police, then the DMV. Sigh.  And the DMV came through!

Totals -- Rockfish Gap Turnpike (~mm 107) to Monacan Trail Rd (~mm 118) 2011 through 2015*
Totals — Rockfish Gap Turnpike (~mm 107) to Monacan Trail Rd (~mm 118) 2011 through 2015*

 

Rockfish Gap Tpke (~mm 107) to Monacan Trail Rd (~mm 118) 2011 through 2015*
Rockfish Gap Turnpike (~mm 107) to Monacan Trail Rd (~mm 118)
2011 through 2015*

 

Rockfish Gap Tpke (~mm 107) to Monacan Trail Rd (~mm 118) 2011 through 2015*
Rockfish Gap Turnpike (~mm 107) to Monacan Trail Rd (~mm 118)
2011 through 2015*

 

The * means “preliminary data.” I’m going to check back with the DMV in late February to see how/if the numbers have changed.

 

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Median Home Prices in Crozet Continuing to Rise

We’ve been doing our Crozet real estate conversations for the past few months; each time we do them we tend to have some interesting data-based-conversations. This month, a friend asked me about median home prices in Crozet.

Looking at real estate data is always fun, so I pulled a bit of information from the Charlottesville MLS and came up with this (* “Crozet” for this purpose = Brownsville + Crozet Elementary school districts):

Crozet Homes' Prices and Sales Volume since 2015
Crozet Homes’ Prices and Sales Volume since 2015

 

  • Red line is the number of single family detached home sales in Albemarle County.
  • Green line is the number of single family detached home sales in Crozet.
  • Blue bars are the median sales prices for single family detached homes in Crozet.
  • Thanks to Keith for the help with the graphs.

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It’s Going to Snow! (Hopefully) #SnowMaGeddonPocalypse2016

It’s going to snow, Crozet.

I’ll try to post any updates I get (roads closed, power out, Mudhouse open …) on the RealCrozetVA Facebook or Twitter pages. Quick updates will start on Twitter (the app is easier on my phone battery, for starters)

If you want, send me updates through Twitter, Facebook, email or, if need be, text/call – 434-242-7140.

The following is a useful press release about preparing for this – or any – storm.  (But hey, after the derecho, we’re all better prepared, right?)

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