Volunteers Needed for the Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival

via email:


Our 36th annual Arts & Crafts Festival on May 7th and 8th is fast approaching and we need many, many volunteers.

As the major fundraiser for the community-owned and operated Claudius Crozet Park, the Festival plays a vital role in the survival and growth of this Albemarle County gem.
Come be a part of it!

We are in need of volunteers for many areas of the Festival – from grounds maintenance to Exhibitor booth-sitting and more. Volunteers will receive Festival admission for the full day, and the satisfaction of playing an integral part in the ongoing success of this fantastic weekend celebration of art, craft, and community at Claudius Crozet Park.

If you have time and would like to help, please sign-up here.


Henley’s New Schedule and Traffic

It seems (to me) that morning traffic in front of Henley has been worse than usual. Maybe their new pilot schedule is the reason (see after the jump for that). Maybe not; at least they’re aware of the challenges and are trying to make things better.

The schedule may or may not be the cause (or contributor) but this much is true – with more growth brings more kids. There is currently limited capacity to deal with current population; what’s the solution?

My one comment on the following: why not address/encourage those who ride bikes or walk? Words matter.

Update: Good conversation at the corresponding facebook post.


Before School

Car riders report to cafeteria
Bus riders who arrive before 8:40 report to gym


After School

Car Riders dismissed at 3:43
Bus Riders at 3:45 to lockers
Staging areas 3:50 until busses

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CCAC Meeting Wrap-up 20 April 2016

CCAC Meeting - 20 April 2016
CCAC Meeting at Crozet Library – 20 April 2016


Whew. You shoulda been there.

  • New members (video below) — these are the people who have volunteered to represent Crozetians. I think it’s important to know these folks.
  • Big growth discussion
  • Some Cory Farm residents are very opposed to Adelaide.

As always, read the tweets. Lots and lots of good discussion there.

Documents from Adelaide developer

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CCAC Meeting – 20 April 2016 | Growth, Foothills Rezoning, Adelaide

This should be an interesting meeting. Make time to go. (bolding mine)



The Crozet Library

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


1. Agenda Review (David Stoner – CCAC chair)

2. Approval of Minutes

3. Welcome New CCAC Members and Introductions

4. Discussion on Crozet Build-out and Development Density, following-up on March CCAC Resolutions (David Benish & Elaine Echols, Albemarle County Planning)

5. Project Update: Adelaide Project Rezoning (Kyle Redinger)

6. Follow-up CCAC Discussion on West Glenn Project/Stream Crossing SUP and Foothills Crossings Project ZMA

7. Items not listed on the agenda

8. Announcements

9. Future Agenda Items

a. CCAC 2016 Goals Discussion

A Letter to Protect Crozet Trails

received via email:

The Crozet Trails Crew is asking for support on an issue that affects our trails in Crozet. They are seeking signatories on a letter to insure that construction of the new Eastern Avenue does not interfere with the Crozet Connector Trail. As you may know, Albemarle County staff are currently reviewing plans for construction of the new Eastern Avenue, which will connect Foothill Crossing to Westhall and West Lake. We are particularly concerned about the elevation of Eastern Ave. over the existing Crozet Connector Trail and the adjacent stream. The new road will pass about 20 feet over the trail, and will require a large land fill that will block the greenway. A culvert will be placed at the bottom of the fill for passage of the stream.
Dan Mahon, Albemarle County Outdoor Recreation Supervisor, has proposed that a second culvert be placed at the bottom of the fill next to the stream to permit passage of the trail through the fill. An alternative proposal is to move the Crozet Connector Trail to climb the bank and cross Eastern Avenue at grade.
Below is a letter that The Crozet Trails Crew plans to send to Rachel Falkenstein, Senior Planner at the Albemarle County Planning Office, our supervisor Ann Mallek and others. We are inviting members of the community add their names to this letter. If you are in agreement, please send an email to: [email protected] indicating how you would like your name to appear and the neighborhood or subdivision where you reside

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To: Rachel Falkenstein, Senior Planner, Planning Division
Albemarle Co. Department of Community Development

Cc: Ann Mallek, White Hall District Rep., Albemarle Co. Board of Supervisors
Dave Stoner, Crozet Community Advisory Council
Dan Mahon, Albemarle Co. Outdoor Recreation Supervisor

The Crozet residents whose names are listed below urge the County Planning office to require that the Eastern Avenue Road extension between Westhall and Foothill Crossing include a culvert for the Crozet Connector Trail in addition to the culvert for the creek. The trail culvert should be of sufficient height for pedestrians and cyclists to pass through. The rationale for this request is to allow access along the greenway without requiring users to climb to the elevation of the proposed road.

This popular trail is currently used by the public for running, biking, and walking by both adults and children. A disruption in the continuity of the trail experience would have a negative impact on the enjoyment and recreational benefit of this Crozet amenity, not to mention the safety aspect of requiring the public to cross what may prove to be a well-used road. There is also a concern that the use of a ramp to connect the current trail grade to the road grade above will not be universally accessible and will therefore exclude a significant group of potential users.

The Connector Trail is consistent with The Crozet Master Plan which promotes connected neighborhoods and walkability. It is also a community asset that is being promoted by developers in their advertising. Feedback from the public tells us there is significant support for our request.

Respectfully submitted.

Brownsville has a new Principal – Jason Crutchfield

Brownsville’s last principal abruptly left in November.  Now they have a new principal.

Jason Crutchfield just sent this email to the Brownsville community:

Dear Members of our Brownsville Community:

This evening, the School Board announced my appointment as Brownsville’s principal, effective May 1.

I am grateful for the Board’s confidence in me, for the opportunity I had to interview for this position, but above all, for the chance to have been a part of your team these past two years.


As principal, I would like to build upon our strong foundation for learning. I especially am excited about our technological leadership. Such initiatives as our 1:1 program, our 3D printing and design capabilities, and our Innovation Lounge have enormous potential to deepen the learning of students and extend their learning environment further beyond the classroom.

Our students are champions when it comes to creativity as demonstrated, for instance, by our Destination Imagination teams. So, too, are our parents and other members of our school community who are so engaged with our school. Brownsville always has been gifted in that regard.
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Crozet Real Estate Conversation – 1st Quarter 2016

I love doing these. Not only do we love real estate market analysis & data, but having the opportunity to shoot at Crozet businesses.

We’ve done these at the Crozet Mudhouse, Greenhouse Coffee, Crozet Library, and this month at Pro Re Nata (PRN).

The Crozet Real Estate Conversation with David Ferrall and Jim Duncan with Nest Realty.

This is a quick look at the 1st Quarter 2016 real estate market report – land sales, new construction contracts, total sales in Brownsville & Crozet Elementary School Districts.

Have questions about the market? Call or email us anytime. Or stop by the Crozet Mudhouse from 9am – 11am on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of every month!


World-Class Fields in Albemarle County?

Athletic fields in Charlottesville – Albemarle have been deteriorating for years. I’ve played and coached soccer on them for 15+ years, but this year seems to be one of the worst yet. These fields are used not just for soccer, but by nearly 300 6th graders every day!

Last week, I took my spray paint to highlight the exposed sprinkler head, but the field was so muddy that the sprinkler was covered.

This week, the field had mostly dried, and the sprinkler was prominent in the middle of the “field.”

I wish I had a solution to offer, but I don’t. I know that the fields are dangerous and overused. It would be easy to point fingers and lay blame, but I’m more interested in finding a solution.


Soccer Saturday in Albemarle County. Note the exposed sprinkler head. (I remembered my paint today)

A photo posted by Jim Duncan (@jimduncan) on


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