CCAC September 2017 Meeting Recap

Big thanks to Kimberly Barker for tweeting most of the meeting, and for Crozet Gazette for the livestream.

Tweets are after the break.

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More Deliberate RealCrozetVA Facebook Posts

Slightly off topic …

The RealCrozetVA Facebook page is a thriving community. I encourage everyone who’s on Facebook to like, follow, read it.

Going forward, I’ll be posting less frequently, and more deliberately there. If there is something urgent, text me – 434-242-7140. Or email me.

Why?

1 – Facebook is a bad and concerning thing.

 

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Always Be Aware – And Lock your Cars

via email:

Perhaps you are already aware, but two of our musicians’ cars were broken into last evening (Wed, Sept 20), while we were in rehearsal between the hours of 7-9 pm. The cars, which were parked in the gravel parking lot on the premises at Tabor Presbyterian Church, were vandalized and valuables stolen. Two police reports were filed individually by the victims.

I am writing to remind and emphasize to all members of our community the importance of not leaving valuables in your car while attending local events (or any events). Even though crime is low here, please don’t let that fact lull you into a false sense of security and complacency about taking common sense precautions to protect yourself from becoming an unfortunate crime statistic.

Stealing is bad. Stealing from a church parking lot? Special place in hell for those folks.

CCAC Meeting – 20 September 2017 | Traffic, Taxes, More

Anyone able to tweet the meeting? #CCAC0917

  • Curious about how your AirBnB will be taxed by the County?
  • Have thoughts to share about the traffic (maybe, Tabor, Jarmans, Crozet Ave)?
  • What’s NIFI?

Go to the CCAC meeting. Get a babysitter. Listen, learn, speak.

CROZET COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Crozet Library

Wednesday, Sept 20, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Agenda

  1. Agenda Review (Dave Stoner – CCAC chair)
  2. Approval of Minutes
  3. Transient Lodging Proposed County Rule Change (Elaine Echols, Albemarle County Chief of Planning – 45min)
  4. Crozet Traffic Discussion (Joel DeNunzio, VDOT Resident Engineer – 45min)
    [Tentative]
  5. Neighborhood Improvement Funding Initiative (NIFI) Update (Dave Stoner – 15 min)
  6. Items Not Listed on the Agenda
  7. Announcements & Future Agenda Items
    1. All-CAC Meeting Oct 2, 6:30pm County Office Building
      1. NIFI Projects Scoping Report & Consultants
        County Capacity Analysis
      2. October CCAC
        1. Western Park Master Plan Revision
        2. Barnes Lumber Rezoning Update
        3. Square NIFI Project Update

 

I’m going to try to make it, after I finish coaching soccer around 7.

This Is What’s Being Built Next to PRN

A picture is worth 1,000 words …

Answering the question, “what’s going in next to PRN?” New office space for Froehling & Robertson.

The necessary next question is… What’s going to happen to their old building?

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September 2017 Crozet Gazette

Growing Crozet Thoughtfully & Sustainably

Yes, traffic sucks sometimes (school time, anyone?), and it’s going to get worse. What if … we grew Crozet, locally and more sustainably?

We’re definitely going to get more houses … houses that don’t pay for themselves, or the infrastructure (schools, roads, etc) that we use.

Think about this story in the context of the possible redevelopment of downtown Crozet.

“They’ll see they’re working against the tide very soon when millennials eventually head to the suburbs,” he says. “We see a lot of what we call ‘millennials in mourning.’ They’re married with their first child, and the last place they think about is the urban environment. A lot of people are soon going to be at the point where finding a good place for their kid to go to school is going to be a lot more important than the coolest restaurant to hang out. Unfortunately for some companies, they may be moving into the cities just before the tide goes the other way.”

Sadly, we are in an environment that is remarkably conducive to walking or riding bikes to school, but 1.5 -2 miles is apparently an unconquerable distance for many.

What if … we had jobs to walk or ride to as well? 

Think sustainably and longer-term

If we figure that the average driver in the US does 20,000 miles a year, I’m going to use about 400 gallons of gas. A car getting 20 mpg is going to use closer to a thousand gallons. Figure that there are about 100 million actively driven cars in the US, which means that the net difference if “everybody did it” has the potential to save 60 billion gallons (600 times 100 million) of gas. A year. (* Jim’s note – this is from 2007)

We have an opportunity as a community to encourage great businesses and jobs to locate here; The more we can grow our local, read: Crozet, economy, the better for all.

Interesting corresponding facebook conversation as well.

My brief opinion: Wishing that Crozet would stay small is not realistic, and continuing to grow as primarily a bedroom community for Charlottesville is not sustainable.

Related story – Charlottesville (City) Grow or Preserve it?:

As a result, average city home values doubled between 2000 and 2010 to $321,000. And Albemarle homes—which are in the growth area and spread across the large lots countywide—have median prices of $309,000. Those aren’t New York or San Francisco figures, but they are well above the state and national medians, and show what happens when a city and county conspire to cordon off most of its land.

What happens for those who want to live here, but can’t meet this financial barrier? Many of them move further out, said Ridge Schuyler, who runs a self-sufficiency program for low-income people at Piedmont Virginia Community College. Schuyler said his program generally has two types of people: the first are extremely low-wage workers who qualify for Charlottesville’s public housing. The second are slightly higher-paid service workers who don’t qualify for public housing, yet can’t take that next step of competing for Charlottesville’s market-rate units. They’re the ones settling for outlying counties.

“If you try to move up the income ladder,” Schuyler said of this second group, “once you get into that first rung job of making $28,000 to $32,000, you are almost forced to move away.”

This explains why neighboring counties like Fluvanna, Louisa, Orange and Greene have roughly doubled their populations since 1990. Charlottesville-area workers who live out in them must also foot the higher transportation costs of driving 30-plus miles twice daily.

Quick Crozet real estate context

  • From 1 January to 12 September 2017, 243 homes (attached and single family) have sold in Brownsville + Crozet.
    • Average price is $458K.
  • 82 new homes (single family + attached) have sold in that timeframe.
    • Average price is $603K (source of this, and above: CAARMLS)
  • Crozet Real Estate Market – July 2017 Hotsheet (PDF)

Wyants Store *Not* Closing

Wyant’s Store is Closing.

From the comments (which contradicts what I was told when I called the store):

Wyants store is not closing. LArry and John wyant will no longer be running the business. The store was left to my oldest brother David wyant who will be running it until he finds a suitable tenant. If it closes that will only be for a short time till it can be stocked.

 


Original story

Sent in by Janie Perrone, the folks at the store say they are closing tonight, and gas is $1.99/gallon as they try to empty the tank.

I called the store and confirmed that they are closing, no later than Thursday.