My mindset remains — Crozet needs more houses, more diverse housing options, and more non-car-centric infrastructure.
—- update 9pm 8 January:
- At the request of the applicant, the following public hearings are deferred:
- ZMA202000012 Montclair (formerly known as White Gate Village)
- ACSA202100002 Montclair ACSA Jurisdictional Area Amendment
Montclair goes to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors on 10 January 2024.
From the Montclair developer’s narrative: (PDF)
This proposed rezoning seeks ot establish a Neighborhood Model District (NMD) to allow for a maximum of 12 attached dwelling units of varying sizes and multi-family units as well as a limited neighborhood-scale commercial service area. The development plan will establish considerable amenity and greenspace areas to serve future residents. The proposed block network will achieve inter-parcel connectivity and will establish well connected pedestrian routes.
The site establishes a transect within itself, proposing more dense development on the portion of the property closest to Route 240 and Park Ridge Drive and becoming increasingly less dense nearing the exposed portion of stream on the property, which is proposed to be a conservation area within the development.
Read more about it (ideally before concluding that you are for/against it, if you haven’t already made such a conclusion).
- From the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors’ Agenda
- Planning Commission Greenlights New Montclair Plan – Crozet Gazette- October 2023
- Montclair Passed at the Planning Commission – September 2023 – RealCrozetVA
- Montclair and its 157 Homes – RealCrozetVA – January 2022
The second and third (hearings) are associated with a request to rezone 14.9 acres of land in Crozet to the Neighborhood Model District to allow for a mixed-use development for up to 122 residential units and 16,500 square feet of non-residential use. This is the Montclair development that at one point had been named White Gate Village. There’s an associated request to change the jurisdictional areas for the Albemarle County Service Authority to allow water and sewer extension to new buildings. (staff report #1) (staff report #2)
Granted, I’ve not paid attention to 100% of the news about this development; this surprised me — “jurisdictional areas for the Albemarle County Service Authority to allow water and sewer extension.”
I do remain confused/concerned about the sidewalk waivers.
This is what I sent last year to the Board of Supervisors regarding Montclair.
Sidewalk waivers are a terrible idea, and counter to 1) human mobility 2) connecting neighbors and neighborhoods and 3) counter to the County’s stated climate goals.
I live in Parkside Village, which is a 20 year old (ancient by today’s Crozet standards, and new by “old Crozet” standards.) One of the benefits of my neighborhood is that we have maturing trees along our street, and also sufficient space between houses to allow for trees and other plantings to grow. Today’s neighborhoods have insufficient space between houses to allow for such planting — further exacerbating heat islands, also counter to the County’s stated climate goals.
Traffic – the County have the opportunity and I’d argue responsibility to provide more mobility options for people to get around Crozet without being forced into cars. Please do whatever it takes to achieve this goal.