Superintendent Listening Tour at Western Albemarle 31 July

via email (I changed some of the bolding to focus on Crozet)

Dear Community Members,

My summer listening tour is underway! I’ve already met with several groups of students and teachers. It has been very helpful to hear so many ideas about bright spots in our schools, opportunities for improvement, and your advice for me. I’m looking forward to my first community session this week on Wednesday evening, July 25, 6 to 7:30 at Albemarle High School.

If you’re planning to attend, please remember to register, which helps us with planning.

Last school year, our 14,000 students represented 89 countries and spoke 74 home languages! Demographically, our students were 10.5% Black, 12.8% Hispanic, and 65.4% White. Ten percent were English Learners; 30.4% received free and reduced price meals; 11.9% were identified for special education services; and 9.8% were identified as gifted.

Albemarle County Public Schools is becoming a more vibrant community, offering continued opportunities to be enriched by our diversity and to grow stronger together.

My summer listening tour is an opportunity to hear about the needs, challenges, hopes and ideas from community members who bring a broad range of life experiences to our school division.

I hope you can join me at one of the following Listening Tour opportunities:

  • Wednesday, July 25 | 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. | Albemarle High School | Register


  • Tuesday, July 31 | 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. | Western Albemarle High School | Register


  • Wednesday, August 8 | 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. | Monticello High School | Register

If you are unable to attend, I encourage you to share your thoughts and ideas through the Online Feedback Form. You also may follow the progress of my first 100 days as Superintendent online at

I look forward to working with you to shape the future of our school division!



Dr. Matthew S. Haas
Superintendent of Schools

Mid-2018 Crozet Real Estate Market Update

Crozet real estate market update with Greg Slater and Jim Duncan with Nest Realty.

The first half of 2018 is behind us, and we talked about resales vs new construction, home prices, where in Crozet homes are selling, what happened with home inventory over the past few years.

Note that this is a longer video than typical; we covered a lot.

Thanks to the Rooftop for letting us use their … Rooftop.

(Greg and I are getting accustomed to doing these videos together … we will get better)


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Stop at Crosswalks

Crozet Crosswalks

I* was riding my bicycle the other morning around 7:30, and stopped for two women trying to cross from the Piedmont Place side to the Post Office side of Crozet Avenue. They seemed perplexed for a moment when I stopped, and put my hand out to signal to the cars behind me.

One of the women said, “you don’t have to stop, the cars aren’t,” and I stayed put until they crossed.

Crozet Crosswalks

*Really didn’t want to make this a story about me as it’s a story about Crozet & neighborliness, but as I was the one on the bike …



250 in Ivy Closed; VDOT Working to Alleviate Traffic

Reminder: 250 in Ivy closed Friday 13 July at 8pm.

From Joel DeNunzio with VDOT:

Due to the closure of the Route 250 bridge over Little Ivy Creek, VDOT anticipates an increase in traffic accessing I-64 at exit #107 in Crozet.  Temporary changes at the I-64 #107 interchange have been made to better accommodate traffic over the next two weeks.
Temporary traffic control has been set up at the Crozet interchange to allow free flow traffic from I-64 west to Route 250 east.  In addition, the traffic patterns from Route 250 west to I-64 east have been modified to allow additional queuing on Route 250 if necessary.   
These changes are temporary in support of the Route 250 closure at the Little Ivy Creek bridge closure for the next two weeks.  They are intended to provide better traffic flow and safer traveling conditions for the detoured traffic.
It’s going to be fine.

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Downtown Crozet Initiative Meeting – 12 July 2018

Things are about to start ramping up with Downtown Crozet … if you can make this meeting, please do.

Join us next Thursday for our monthly DCI meeting as we discuss county updates, the Main Street grant work plans, a recent meeting with the Artisan Depot, and plaza fundraising plans. As the plaza gets closer to becoming a reality, we’d love input from more community members. Come get involved in the future of downtown Crozet!

If you plan to attend, please RSVP here.

Thursday, July 12
12 pm – 2 pm
Crozet Pizza

Restore N Station Returns – 2018 Edition

Restore N Station gets points for persistence … note the dates at the bottom of this post. This has been going on for at least 8 years; it’s critical to pay attention to local government.

From Albemarle County’s site

Forgive the formatting … it’s theirs, not mine. Bolding is mine, however.

SP201700020 Restore’n Station. PROJECT: SP 201700020 Re-Store’N Station Amendment (amendment of SP 200900034) MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT: White Hall TAX MAP/PARCEL: 055B0000000100 LOCATION: 6115 Rockfish Gap Turnpike PROPOSAL: Amend fuel dispensing conditions, hours of operation and update condition to reflect compliance with approved site plan. No change in permitted water use is proposed. PETITION: Amend the existing conditions of SP200900034 which was a request to permit water consumption exceeding four hundred (400) gallons per site acre per day as permitted under Section 24.2.2(13) of the zoning ordinance. The site contains 4.06 acres. ZONING: HC, Highway Commercial– retail sales and service; residential by special use permit (15 units/ acre) OVERLAY DISTRICT: EC- Entrance Corridor PROFFERS: No COMPREHENSIVE PLAN: Rural Areas – preserve and protect agricultural, forestal, open space, and natural, historic and scenic resources/residential density 0.5 unit/acre in development lots…

1. Restoren Station Transmittal Summary, 2. Attach. A – SP201700020 Restoren Station Staff Report, 3. Attach. A1 – Map, 4. Attach. A2 – Aerial Google Maps, 5. Attach. A3 – Map Showing Zoning, 6. Attach. A4 – Resolution of Denial sp2015_32, 7. Attach. A5 – Applicant Justification, 8. Attach. A6 – Purpose and Intent of the Zoning Ordinance, 9. Attach. A7 – Albemarle County Comprehensive Plan, 10. Attach. A8 – Public Comments, 11. Attach. A9 – Information Submitted at the Dec 12 PC Mtg, 12. Attach. B – Planning Commission Action Letter, 13. Attach. C – PC 12-5-2017 Minutes