Thanks to Jessica Jaglois of the Newsplex:
If built, the station would be the second-largest full-service gas station in Albemarle County and would be built on Route 250. Crozet residents said such a large station would destroy the scenic route on 250, and it would also bring in big rigs at all hours of the night looking to fill up on diesel fuel.
About 30 people showed up to stand before the board to express concern, but it wasn’t enough to sway the board, which voted that plans for the service station are ready to move forward.
I went to the public hearing and listened for about 90 minutes. By the time I left, ten people had spoken against the proposed gas station and one person, who represents the applicant, spoke for it. As I said on Twitter – “I’d like to hear one member of the public not affiliated w/ the applicant speak for it. Seriously.”
Update 3 June 2010: Crozet Gazette has, as usual, a more detailed accounting of the BZA meeting.
Personally, I’d like to know :
– Just how big the station will be.
– What its hours will be. (24 hours?)
– What road improvements will be made to accommodate the expected increased truck traffic. Who will pay for those improvements
– What light and noise pollution mitigation efforts will be implemented.
– What the community thinks about this proposal. If the 90 minutes yesterday were representative of the Crozet community’s opinion, (and I’m not assuming that’s the case) it would seem that no one other than the applicant and
one twofour commenters on the Newsplex’s story wants the gas station.
… Update: it seems that “cheaper gas” is the most common argument.
I’m trying to keep an open mind and welcome comments supportive (and against) the station.