CCAC 4-14-14 – a three hour meeting, filled with tons of good information. Click through, scroll to the end of the tweets summary and get somewhat informed. I collected 152 tweets with the hashtag for this CCAC meeting, #CCAC0414, and submit them with only a couple comments:

- Thanks to the CCAC members for their volunteering.

- Thanks to the members of the public for attending. Please go next time, too.

- Update on the Barnes Lumberyard was interesting.

- The discussion on the brewery was frustrating.

- The Crozet Master Plan needs to be a guide; it was completed in a different world, a different economy, a different time.

- Growth is coming to Crozet; if the Crozet community doesn’t start to say “yes” to encourage some growth downtown, we aren’t likely to have the luxury to pick and choose when the time comes.

- It’s time for Crozet and Albemarle County to define what businesses they want. You can say no only so many times before businesses will stop asking.

- Retail and cute stores are neat and we all like them, but they’re generally low-paying and don’t offer the ladder career opportunities (like, say, a brewery or other large employer would). [read the rest of the story…]


CCAC Meeting Thursday, 17 April 2014

by Jim on April 14, 2014

via email: (bolding mine) — Who wants to come and live-tweet the meeting with me? It’s harder to go to meetings than it is to type, but it’s worthwhile .


Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The Meadows, Crozet (5735 Meadows Dr.)

1. Agenda Review. (Meg Holden – CCAC chair)

2. Approval of Minutes from March 20, 2014 meeting.

3. Project Updates/Information:

- Library updates, fundraising, operation hours, and moving our meeting to that location– Bill Schrader.

- Streetscape issues, if there are any.

- Update on Rutherford Hotel in Old Trail.

- AHIP presentation.

- Barnes Lumber company project as it relates to Frank Stoner’s responses – Claudette Grant (to read the full instructions, read the PDF – editing them for this blog post would have been too time intensive) (PDF)

– Go to:

– Click on the box that says: “View Selected Planning Application”

— Make sure the “Search By:” box says: “Web Planning Application Number”.

–In the PL Application Application Number Is exactly: box type: SP201400001 down to see what they wrote and download any document they included.

–And click on the green “Go” button. (to read the full instructions, read the PDF – editing them for this blog post would have been too time intensive) (PDF )

- Discuss having our next meeting be an open discussion of the types of businesses we want to see in Crozet and where to find them – engaging the community- maybe even meet at Old Trail

4. News concerning area schools which affects development area, budget impacts, make-up snow days, etc.

5. Items not listed on the agenda.

6. Announcements.

7. Future Agenda Items.


Per the discussion as to what businesses Crozet needs, you might find this discussion from 2011 interesting. Related: What is Crozet’s Daytime Population?


via the Crozet Gazette -

The 2014 Crozet Farmers Market will open Saturday, May 3, in its traditional location, the now-renovated parking lot of Crozet United Methodist Church (CUMC). The Crozet market is a growers/producers market that gives vendors the opportunity to sell their locally grown produce and handcrafted goods to the public. Market hours are 8 a.m. till noon every Saturday through mid-October.



Two interesting lectures coming up – 15 April and 22 April.

The Crozet Farmers Market in association with the Crozet United Methodist Church (CUMC) will host a gardening lecture series, “How Does Your Garden Grow” to benefit the Food Pantry. Al Minutolo, Manager of the Crozet Market has brought together expert gardeners Peter Hatch, Director of Gardens and Grounds Emeritus, Monticello and Lesley Sewell, Certified Landscape Designer, Arborist and Adjunct Professor of Horticulture, J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College to share their gardening knowledge and experience with you on a variety of topics.

The lectures are for new and old gardeners alike, as gardening is a lifetime experience of enjoyment and good health. In recent years, vendor fees from the Farmers Market have been donated to the Food Pantry. In 2013, the Market donated $750.00 to the food pantry and soup program conducted by churches in the Crozet community.

Also, Crozet Trails Crew workday and an art show at the Art Box.

* If you’d like to add something to the Crozet Calendar, please let me know.


Brewery Interested in Old Trail?

by Jim on April 4, 2014

Hmmm … we always say we want and need jobs in Crozet. This brewery would bring nearly 400 jobs.

My opinion: this warrants serious consideration and discussion. Another thought: the City of Charlottesville uses tremendous financial incentives to attract businesses – see WorldStrides and CFA Institute . What does the County offer?


WAHS Leadership Program Facing Cuts?

by Jim on April 2, 2014

The Albemarle County School budget seems to face budget deficits every year; this year is no exception. What are the other cuts at Western that are likely or being proposed?

Now I’m curious – what else is being cut at WAHS next year? It seems Leadership is one of those programs that should be kept, nurtured and grown rather than cut.

“The Western Albemarle High School Leadership program is facing a major cut from the WAHS administration. Currently, the administration is proposing that the program be cut from three classes to two. This means that there will be one “early bird” class and one class during the regular day, and both classes will have about 30 students. The proposal would result in the elimination of one regular day class.”

Update: Pay attention, folks.

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Crozet Streetscape Groundbreaking 1 April at Noon

31 March 2014

I know … ground has already broken, but still …(bolding mine) COUNTY TO BREAK GROUND ON CROZET STREETSCAPE PROJECT AT APRIL 1 CEREMONY Albemarle County officials including Supervisor Ann Mallek will join Crozet residents and business owners at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Crozet Streetscape project on Tuesday, April 1, at noon on Crozet Avenue […]

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The Sidewalks on Tabor are Taking Shape

28 March 2014

So far, it looks like the closing of Tabor during the day has been ok. Also, the groundbreaking ceremony for the Crozet Streetscape is 1 April at noon.

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Thanks to the Outgoing Crozet Arts Board Members

21 March 2014

guest post by Melissa Morrisson, Board Chair, Crozet Arts – At the completion of their terms, Crozet Arts would like to thank the following Board Members for their service to Crozet Arts as inaugural members of the board: Emily Mora of Crozet, Scott Neisser of Free Union, and Vasantha Reddi of Crozet. We would also like […]

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Recapping the CCAC Meeting – 20 March 2014

20 March 2014

Lots happened at the Crozet Community Advisory Council Meeting on 20 March 2014. Click through to read the embedding of the tweets from the meeting. Hopefully you find this helpful. I hope I captured everything accurately; between my tweets and Tim’s, there are 118 tweets in this story. – 13 members of the public attended. […]

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