CCAC Meeting 19 November 2014

Should be fun well, interesting (and hopefully Storify will work this time for the recap).


The Crozet Library, Crozet Wednesday,

November 19, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


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

2. Approval of Minutes.

3. Project Updates/Information:

– Introduce Emily Kilroy and new CCAC members

– Streetscape updates/issues and celebration, safe walks to school, Harris Teeter Crossing

– Update on Barnes lumber closing – Frank Stoner

– Discussion of CDC presentation and brainstorm development issues and ideas per email I sent earlier from Dave Stoner (Jim’s edit: read that email)

– Wind energy business update and overview – Rich Pleasants

4. Items not listed on the agenda.

5. Announcements.

6. Future Agenda Items.


September 2014 Crozet Gazette is Out

This month’s Crozet Gazette is out, and it’s chock full of great stories. Some highlights (read the whole issue!):

– From the Editor: 100 and Counting

An awesome letter to the editor from someone who just moved from Crozet. Truly a must-read.

– Crozet Park Launches Campaign to Build Amphitheater & Pavilion

– QuickStart Tennis Courts Open at Crozet Elementary

Crozet Welcome Sign Vandalized.  Degenerates.

– Wind Turbine Parts Company Eyes Crozet for New Manufacturing Plant (This could be big. And good for Crozet)

– Old Trail Plans Focus on Housing First – lots of changes; Anna’s is closing, Trailside is getting new owners, ”

“Entertainment-based commercial tenants will be our focus” for filling the new buildings, (the Developer) said.”

CCAC Meeting 3 July 2014 Recap

– Lots of motions and debate in last night’s CCAC meeting.

Finally a resident from one of the adjacent neighborhoods came and spoke; we need more of that involvement.

For those at the meeting last night – what were your key takeaways?

– It might not be fair to pull out this one tweet, but I’m going to do it anyway as it’s a critical point made by a CCAC member:

Click through to read the tweet from last night’s meeting.

Update 3 July 2013
The CCAC emailed out this morning the CCAC’s List of Issues and Positions Barnes property final (PDF)

Continue reading “CCAC Meeting 3 July 2014 Recap”

CCAC Special Meeting – 26 June 2014

It feels like we’re getting to the point where if you want to voice your opinion – pro or con – regarding the Barnes Lumberyard project, you’d better do so nowish. Better to be educated and complain than the alternative .. Who’s coming to tweet the meeting?

Crozet Community Advisory Council

Notice of Special Meeting And Agenda

SPECIAL MEETING: The Crozet Community Advisory Council will hold a special meeting on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at The Meadows conference room, at 5735

Meadows Drive, Crozet, Virginia 22932.


1. Agenda Review (Meg Holden – CCAC chair)

2. Project Updates/Information:

? Barnes Lumber company property; rezoning and special use permit requests

3. Announcements

4. Future Agenda Items


CCAC Meeting 6-16-14 Recap – Barnes Lumberyard

Last night’s CCAC meeting was extremely well attended , and big thanks to Tim Dodson and Tim Tolson for the live tweets.

Parking, residential vs commercial, phasing, traffic, impact on schools, walk and bike ability – lots was discussed last night that will (may) have an impact on the future of downtown Crozet.

– CCAC passed a resolution – Page 1 and Page 2 of the draft resolution (would be nice to have that distributed publicly prior to the meeting)

Charlottesville Tomorrow provides a great summary as well.

As with all of these CCAC recaps, click through, scroll to the bottom and work your way up. Grab a cup of coffee and get informed … and then consider going to tonight’s Planning Commission meeting.

Continue reading “CCAC Meeting 6-16-14 Recap – Barnes Lumberyard”

Two Points of View on the Future of Barnes Lumber

Mike Marshall of the Crozet Gazette wrote one side of the Barnes Lumber future and Frank Stoner with Milestone Partners, prospective developer of Barnes Lumber, responded. In internet-speak, the opinions are long, but spend a few minutes reading. You’ll be more aware when you’re finished reading.

Regardless of which side you find yourself on, take some time and get educated about what’s happening and what might happen in Downtown Crozet.

And then ask questions.

CCAC Meeting – 15 May 2014 – A More Typical Meeting than Usual

This (putting together this story and last night’s meeting) took a lot longer than usual. Storify (the awesome service I use to aggregate the tweets) wasn’t functioning as usual, so I had to manually pull in the tweets.

– More discussion on Barnes Lumber development
– Rutherfoord hotel aiming for late Spring 2015 opening
– Streetscape is moving forward
– Library is kicking butt
– CCAC is going to try to meet again before the Albemarle Planning Commission hearing about Barnes Lumberyard on 17 June.

As usual, please click through, scroll all the way to the bottom and work your way up. And then get involved and ask questions.

Update 16 May 2014:

Frank Stoner with Milestone sends this:

Thanks for the summary. People need to remember that this part of the process is only about identifying the transportation corridors and figuring out general land use patterns. The real planning process won’t start until the rezoning is completed so I don’t know how people could already surmise that our plan won’t be pedestrian friendly. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the successful redevelopment of downtown will require full community engagement on several critical questions that are not addressed by the existing master plan. They are as follows:

1 – What will downtown Crozet’s identity be? What will make it a desirable destination? What should it look and feel like?
2 – How will people get there ? The Library Avenue extension needs a connection back to 240 near downtown to provide adequate circulation within the downtown commercial district?
3 – What businesses do we want to locate downtown and how can we make it an attractive place to locate businesses?
4 – How will we provide adequate parking for the DCD and still promote compact, pedestrian friendly development? DCD needs a long range parking plan.
5 – How will we build and maintain quality civic and green space in the downtown district?

I’m hopeful that we can work side by side with the CCAC and the rest of the Crozet community to address these important questions because, without consensus and solutions to these, the rezoning, with our without the SUP won’t bring the stores, businesses and residents that we need for downtown to be successful.


Update 2:

This is a 10mb pdf of the most recent comments from Albemarle County Staff. If you’re curious to read/learn more, go to Albemarle County’s great County View and search by either application # – SP201400001 or as I did it, “PLApplication ProjectName Contains:” = Barnes. Continue reading “CCAC Meeting – 15 May 2014 – A More Typical Meeting than Usual”

Crozet’s 2013 in Review on RealCrozetVA

2013 – lots happened in Crozet this year – a lot of good, some bad, and I tried to capture most of it here. 2013 is the year that the RealCrozetVA Facebook page (I don’t like FB, but it’s awfully useful) became the third leg in the RealCrozetVA community, the recaps of the Crozet Community Advisory Council meetings proved quite useful, and the Crozet community time and again demonstrated why this is a great place to live. If you’re interested in browsing all the stories, you can see the 2013 archives – 165 stories all – here.

I’ve highlighted some of the stories I posted from each month and done my very best to not editorialize (although if I did, “Crozet Library opened” would have an exclamation point!).

Five things:

– You can subscribe to RealCrozetVA by email, follow RealCrozetVA on Twitter, or like RealCrozetVA on Facebook. A note on Facebook – we tend to have very good conversations and interaction there, but I don’t post everything there that gets published here.

– I’m a Realtor who lives in and loves Crozet. In my ideal world, I’d never get off my bicycle to show houses or meet seller clients. (and I know this will likely never happen). I rarely explicitly say this, but if you’re moving to Crozet or thinking about selling your home, I’d appreciate the opportunity to talk with you.

– If you’re curious, these are some of the photos I’ve taken in Crozet this year.

– Thank you. Thank you. Thank you Crozet for reading, commenting and sharing what you see here with your friends. You truly make this a great place.

– Really, thank you. Whenever I hear from people how they read about Crozet here, or used RealCrozetVA to research Crozet before they moved here, or when you let the community know about power outages and such via the RealCrozetVA twitter feed, I’m ever more grateful for the Crozet community and your support here. Thank you.

January 2013

We had a good discussion about Crozet school’s competitiveness and a great conversation about what we want Crozet to be.

February 2013

A hotel was announced to be coming to Old Trail in Crozet and many of you described your neighborhoods in Crozet.

March 2013

We had a rare (and appreciated!) guest post recapping the March Crozet Community Association meeting.

April 2013

WAHS got a new principal, the Daily Progress called for retrofitting 250 West, a guest’s reflection on the James Sun Memorial 5k, Crozet Volunteer Fire Department got a Twitter account, and the Crozet real estate market started to really pick up.

May 2013

King Family Vineyards responded to the soggy pitch by having Nolo Weekend – and it was tons of fun. A 10 year old was accidentally shot in Crozet. I started to recap the CCAC meetings using Storify – and subsequently did it many more times to what I think is a great success.

June 2013

WAHS’ new principal answered 10 questions, Crozet got another new great restaurant, Restoration and the Field School put together a great kids’ triathlon.

July 2013

The Crozet Gators won the Jefferson Swim League Championship for the first time in 22 years and Restore N Station finally broke ground.

August 2013

We discussed where the next Crozet stop light will be, I thanked Blue Ridge Internetworks for hosting RealCrozetVA, I summarized the CCAC meeting and the Crozet community suffered another rash of car break-ins.

September 2013

The Crozet Library opened, the community responded to a survey on new Crozet hotel, I recapped the September CCAC meeting, I looked at when homes come on the market in Crozet, Ned Gallaway, Albemarle’s At-Large school board member hosted the first community conversation about Albemarle County Schools that I can remember being held by a school board member in Crozet, and you voiced your opinions on what should happen to the old Crozet Library.

October 2013

We figured out what the utility work in front of BP was, I relaunched the Crozet Calendar – and it’s now available for community members to post their own events (ask me how), y’all answered the question – What’s the first thing you tell someone about Crozet?, the 3rd Quarter Crozet real estate market report was interesting, the recap of the CCAC meeting proved useful and interesting, and we had a good conversation about the walkability of Crozet.

November 2013

Lots happened in Crozet on the Crozet Calendar, the awesome Crozet Trails Crew reached a few milestones, the Crozet Angel Tree was quickly accomplished, the buildings downtown were re-sided and the CCAC meeting was live-tweeted by a chorus of people! and recapped here on RealCrozetVA.

December 2013

The Crozet Streetscape meeting was very informative, I looked at the Crozet real estate market in December, Tim Dodson, WAHS junior, wrote about his perspective after having attended and live-tweeted the CCAC meeting, the Streetscape really is coming, we can now drive faster (legally) on 64, and the Barnes Lumberyard redevelopment may be moving forward – see this recap of the December CCAC meeting.

Continue reading “Crozet’s 2013 in Review on RealCrozetVA”