Albemarle Comp Plan Survey Results – Housing and More

Since I’ve got mine, it’s ok if others don’t, apparently.

Also, respondents want to live next to parks, open space, restaurants, and retail.

The People make Government’s job harder.

Crozet, Albemarle, the US, the World, need affordable housing. I don’t know that anyone has a viable solution as of yet, but I do know that not seeing affordable housing as a need is a problem.

From a recent Charlottesville Community Engagement

(bolding is mine)

The Comprehensive Plan update is being called AC44 to reflect the target year of 2044. The first set of results are in for the first round of public input for the second phase. 

“The AC44 team reviewed community input from the first round of engagement in Phase 2, from 532 questionnaire responses, six pop-ups in each magisterial district, and approximately 130 participants in 15 community chats,” reads an email sent out this morning. 

That response rate is around 0.4 percent of the total population. 

A summary of the responses has also been sent out. Question ten sought to gauge concern about housing affordability in the future. Seventy-four respondents were very concerned, 217 were somewhat concerned, and 231 were not concerned at all.

All of the data from the full questionnaire are also available for review on the AC44 website. The vast majority of respondents live in single-family homes (432 out of 526) and own their homes (460 out of 519). 

43% of respondents – who are already homeowners – are not concerned about affordable housing.

Dig into the results; what do you think?

Edit: The first title for this post was, “I’ve Got Mine;” I’m editing it because it’s a more opinionated title than I typically publish. I’d rather the post be about the comp plan, and not my opinion, though I still wish we’d think of others more when responding to surveys.

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3 Replies to “Albemarle Comp Plan Survey Results – Housing and More”

  1. I can only assume your “I’ve got mine” response is to the poll results of the county survey and are not directed toward the residents of Crozet, because if not, it is a serious insult to all Crozet. Crozet started planning for growth in 1993 with its first community plan. In that plan it is clearly stated “Encourage the construction quality housing types with a broad range of prices that meet the needs of Crozet residents, especially the Crozet work force and population, such as the elderly, handicapped or single parents. Prevent concentrations and encourage scattered site distribution of affordable housing in the Crozet area by providing opportunities for such housing within new residential developments.”
    To accomplish these goals, Crozet had only one viable method to effect change and that was the 15 percent affordable housing proffer associated with each new rezoning. Since then both our Planning Commissioner and member of the Board have always made sure the 15 percent was part of every new rezoning request, other than those done by right. Fast forward to the April 2022 issue of the Crozet Gazette and an article by Lisa Martin “County Aims to Incentivize Affordable Housing”, which gives a clear history of affordable housing in Crozet as it relates to the 15 percent proffer. In that article, Ms. Martin points out there should have been 254 affordable homes available under the 15 percent proffer, but only 23 were offered as affordable, a record of only 9 percent of what was expected. Put another way, depending on the source, Crozet is either 3.7 sq miles or 4 sq miles or 2368 or 2560 acres. So, with 254 affordable homes that should have been made available, it means in Crozet there would be 1 affordable home per every 9 or 10 acres, but as we know there are not.
    So the question has to be, since you have lived in Crozet for 20 years, why did you not raise the issue of the failure of the 15 percent proffer and what if anything did you do about it? Surely as a real estate agent, you must have been aware of the proffers made with each new rezoning.

    1. Tom – with respect, please use line breaks. 🙂 It makes your comments legible.

      My comments about “I got mine” are in response to the respondents to the survey who expressed the opinions that affordable housing is not a concern.

      A simple response is this – the affordable housing 15% “proffer” has not worked, won’t without subsidization, and I truly don’t see the value in debating a failed policy.

      Thanks for remembering that I’m a real estate agent; I’m aware of the proffers, and also aware that they don’t work.

      We need a new, viable solution.

      This is a good and relevant NPR story.

  2. There is a very simple answer. The people who arrived here did not care about this. They got what they wanted so…

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