Crozet Community Advisory Council Meeting – 21 February 2013

From discussions about a community neighborhood watch to Jeff Werner from the Piedmont Environmental Council talking about preserving rural areas in the face of coming growth (did you know the mobile home park on 240 is apparently/may be trying to get shifted into the growth area?) to a discussion about the coming Crozet hotel (almost entirely positive sentiments) to the opening of the paths through the lumberyard to the fact that folks want sexual offender Dumler to stay on the board because he’s a vote in the controlled-growth camp ….

CCAC meeting - 21 Feb 2013
The fact is that local change happens not just in meetings like this but over the course of dozens of meetings like this.

Lots of stuff happens at these meetings. I’ve storified the meeting through tweets – click through this story to read the whole thing or read it on Storify.

@Storify is such a remarkable tool. I hope they never get sold or go away. Continue reading “Crozet Community Advisory Council Meeting – 21 February 2013”

CCAC Meeting Tonight – 21 February 2013

Via email …

The Meadows, Crozet (5735 Meadows Dr.)
Thursday, February 21, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Tentative Agenda

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

2. Approval of Minutes from October 18, 2012 meeting.

3. Public Comment.

4. Project Updates/Information:

• Community Safety with Officer Steve Watson
• Utilizing Development rights as they relate to easements with Jeff Werner of the Piedmont Environmental Council
• County Boundary changes – Ann Mallek
• Possible plans for Oakley property
• Discuss any information related to thoughts on the possible hotel (?)
• Re-cap of January all councils meeting
• Any news on development of Barnes Lumber Company property
• Update on Crozet Library fundraising (Bill Schrader)
• Developments at the I 64 Interchange
• Redistricting as it relates the master plan with Karen Rubenall
• Update on streetscape
• Others?

5. Old Business

6. Items not listed on the Agenda

7. Announcements.

8. Future Agenda Items.

• Meet with New Old Trail Management – who can make the contact?

Utilities Going Underground in Downtown Crozet

From the Daily Progress:

A plan to improve downtown Crozet’s streetscape will cause some short-term pain for drivers, Albemarle County announced Wednesday.
Crews from Dominion Virginia Power, Comcast and CenturyLink are scheduled to relocate utilities over the next two months. The process is expected to disrupt traffic along Crozet Avenue, Tabor Street, High Street and the square, according to a release.

The work is part of a larger drive to enhance and preserve downtown Crozet, the release states. The finished project will feature crosswalks, benches, bike lanes and sidewalks.

So … let’s all take a breath when we’re waiting in the likely delays … downtown will be nicer for it.

And, in case you were wondering why power lines are going underground …

Here’s what bad overhead power lines look like. *

*From a comment at NBC29

ArtFest in the West

This could be the start of something big … via email:

Introducing ArtFest in the West

Knowing first-hand how valuable the arts are in educating the whole child, a small group of parents started conversations about building up this capacity in the Western-feeder pattern public schools. This effort snowballed when parents spoke to teachers and school administrators. And it was no surprise that other parents were having similar discussions–including those expressed in the RealCrozet blog.
 We put our heads together and a new event was born — ArtFest in the West. Mark your calendar for March 2, 2013 (6-10pm) at The Lodge at Old Trail. Together we’re going to make art happen in Western Albemarle! ArtFest will feature student talent in the performing, visual, and culinary arts from Elementary through High School. 

Why is ArtFest So Important? 

·      To showcase student talent so that our youth can celebrate arts in their education and maturation. 
·      To take an active role in expanding the importance of the arts in our public schools.
·      Western Albemarle County is a very talented place and the arts are a vital part of a thriving Community. Continue reading “ArtFest in the West”

Long-Range Planning Meeting at Crozet Elementary – 12 February 2013

via email:

We would appreciate your help spreading the word about a special informational meeting we are having at 6:30-7:30 pm on Tuesday, February 12, 2012 in the  Crozet Elementary Library.    Our special guests for the meeting are Ann Mallek, Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and Peter Wurzer, ACPS Long Range Planning Committee.  This meeting is open to the entire Crozet community.  The intention is to provide a venue for Q&A from all Crozet citizens regarding plans to handle expected growth and future student enrollment in all of the Crozet area schools.  Our regularly scheduled PTO meeting will follow from 7:30 to 8:00pm.

How do You Describe your Neighborhood in Crozet?

What’s this neighborhood like?” is one of the most common questions my incoming buyer clients ask as I show them around Crozet. I know all of the neighborhoods, but I live in one … so I’m asking for your help.

How would you describe your neighborhood to someone trying to figure out where to live? What do you like? Dislike? What’s cool about your neighborhood?

This question is the prompt for this story:

We are thinking about moving to Crozet. Any thoughts on living walking distance to Crozet park vs. living in Western Ridge? We haven’t decided on a preschool yet but would love to be able to walk to preschool and parks and coffee shops. We also want preschool aged friends and stay at home moms nearby to play with. Thanks for any thoughts!

Continue reading “How do You Describe your Neighborhood in Crozet?”

Food Drive in Western Albemarle

From NBC 29

Kids and teens in western Albemarle County are kicking off a campaign to collect food for hungry families.

All of the food will be donated to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.

The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank experiences a drop in food donations after the holidays. The collection group says this is its way to give back even after the season of giving.

Donations can also be made on Monday, February 18 beginning at 10 a.m. at Trailside Coffee. The group will have a large truck outside.

A Hotel is Coming to Crozet

I don’t know yet if it’ll be soon, but I’d bet Crozet’s hotel will open in the next 24 months.

The hotel will be in Old Trail, rather than in Downtown Crozet. (my opinion: After many conversations, I’m more convinced than ever that this is going to fill a real void in Crozet – the number of vineyards hosting events, weddings, etc. alone probably necessitates this)

I wrote a bit more on my real estate blogbut I’m hoping that the applicant will respond to my email today or tomorrow so I can give more and better Crozet-specific information. (Update: just talked to David; he has exciting plans that I think are going to be very good for Crozet. Either way, I expect we’ll be talking about and hearing about the changes coming to Crozet for the next several months.

If you’re interested, you’ll find a familiar name as the applicant on the County’s County View; just copy SDP2013-011 and paste it into the “application #” field.

Update: Looks like they’re aiming for an opening around January 2015 … right in time for the spring wedding season.

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PROJECT: SDP2013-011 Old Trail Village Block 2B â?? Major Site Plan Amendment
PROPOSED: Request for major site plan amendment approval for a four story, 43 room hotel with a 1,000 square foot restaurant and associated parking.
ZONING CATEGORY/GENERAL USAGE: Neighborhood Model District (NMD)- residential (3-34 units/acre) mixed with commercial, service, and industrial uses.
SECTION: Chapter 18 Section 32 of the Zoning Ordinance
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN LAND USE/DENSITY: Urban Density Residential- 6-12 units/acre; supporting uses such as religious institutions, schools, commercial, office and service uses in the Crozet Master Plan
LOCATION: At the corner of the intersection of Golf Drive and Claremont Lane, near The Lodge at Old Trail.
TAX MAP/PARCEL: 055E0-01-00-000F1

As usual, interesting comments on the RealCrozetVA Facebook page.


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