CCAC Meeting – 8 February 2023 | AC44

Greenwood sunrise

Y’all know what AC44 is right? Albemarle County is in the midst of Phase 2 — “Goals, Objectives, and ‘Planning Toolkits'” of the updating of the 2015 Comprehensive Plan.

From my perspective, Albemarle County have done an amazing job of outreach about the Comp Plan, and it’s incumbent upon us as citizens to participate, and to think generationally. Realistically, many if not most of those who are voicing opinions won’t be in Albemarle County is 20 or 30 years … think about those who come after us, and think about where and how our kids and grandkids will live (and if they’ll be able to afford living in Crozet).

Spend some time educating yourself, and taking the County’s survey (I have), before being “for” or “against” a part of the plan or process.

I suspect there will be a large audience Wednesday night; here’s hoping for open minds and conversation.

One thought: if the County and VDOT would build infrastructure along with housing, Crozet would be more livable, accessible, and would likely defeat the calls of people to stop change.

disclosure: I’m a member of CCAC, and a Realtor.

CCAC agenda, via email

Crozet Community Advisory Committee Wednesday, February 8, 2023

7:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
Crozet Library Meeting Room | 2020 Library Avenue


  1. Call to Order, Agenda Review, Introductions (5 minutes)
  2. Approve Meeting Minutes (2 minutes)
  3. Announcements and Updates (5 minutes)
  4. Community Concerns (10 minutes)
  5. Scheduled Presentations (45 minutes)

• Presentation: AC44, the update to the Albemarle County Comprehensive Plan, Allison Wrabel, Community Connector – Albemarle County
o A high-level overview of the Comprehensive Plan update’s process to date with a

preview of the next phase and a community discussion

6. Committee Business (10 minutes)

  • Website content and development project updates, Joe Fore
  • Virtual meeting practices, Joe Fore
  1. Other Business
  2. Adjourn

Next Meeting: March 8, 2023

January 2023 CCAC Recap – Mobile Home Park Meeting

Read or skim the recap here in this PDF of the thread with all the tweets from the meeting. But first, please watch this part of the meeting in which one of the residents laments the lack of affordable housing in Albemarle County. And then advocate for more housing in Albemarle, even if it’s in your backyard.

This tweet tried to capture the comments from the speaker.
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CCAC Meeting – January 11 2022 | Mobile Home Park Expansion

Park Road Manufactured Home Park Site Location

via email:

Crozet Community Advisory Committee Wednesday, January 11, 2022

7:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.

Crozet Library Meeting Room | 2020 Library Avenue

AGENDA (pdf)

1. Call to Order, Agenda Review, Introductions (5 minutes)

• CAC Staff Liaison, Allison Wrabel & Serena Gruia

2. Approve Meeting Minutes (2 minutes)

3. Announcements and Updates (10 minutes)

• Meeting formats and calendar, Joe Fore – CCAC Chair

4. Community Concerns (10 minutes)

5. Scheduled Presentations (40 minutes)

• Community Meeting: SP202200029: Park Road Manufactured Home Park, Kevin McCollum – Senior Planner & Rebecca Ragsdale – Planning Manager

6. Committee Business (10 minutes)

  • Help with website content and development project updates, Joe Fore
  • Virtual meeting practices, Joe Fore

 • •

7. Other Business

8. Adjourn

  Next Meeting: February 8, 2022

Community Connectors, CACs, Albemarle County

This is good news; the more and better human connection between Community Advisory Committee and our government, the better.

Via email from Serena Gruia, Public Engagement Coordinator with Albemarle County

I am delighted to introduce our new Community Connectors, Khalilah Jones and Allison Wrabel. Starting in January, they will be staff liaisons for the Community Advisory Committees. Attached you will find “all about me” information sheets they prepared in advance of meeting you in person. The liaison for Crozet is Allison Wrabel. Allison and I will join your meeting in January.

Their role as staff liaison is a top priority. After receiving valuable input from CAC Chairs, planning staff, and the Board of Supervisors, we are charting a course to support your work and see it as a vital component of community engagement. We are looking forward to learning from you and collaborating with you in the spirit of continual improvement. 

The rest of the Community Connectors’ work will involve building relationships and supporting an informed and engaged community. This will include meeting with local organizations, staffing special events, and developing & promoting materials to inform our community.

Crozet Trails & Virtual Meetings – November 2022 CCAC Wrap-up

Crozet trails presentation

A few takeaways from the CCAC meeting on 9 November 2022.

Apologies for the list format; wanted to get this published as it’s fresh, and my brain works better in list format for digesting and conveying this sort of information.

All of the tweets with the #CCAC1122 hashtag are here

Watch the whole meeting, thanks to the Crozet Gazette.

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In-Person CCAC Meeting – September 14 2022

Dick Woods Road is nice

They’re going to be back in person, and those who preferred to watch at home are S.O.L.

Agenda is below.

Crozet Community Advisory Committee Wednesday, September 14, 2022

7:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. Crozet Library Meeting Room |


  1. Call to Order & Agenda Review (3 minutes) Joe Fore, CCAC Chair
  2. Approve Meeting Minutes (2 minutes) Joe Fore, CCAC Chair
  3. AC Parks & Green Systems Presentation (60 minutes)
    • Tim Padalino, Chief of Parks Planning
      • Countywide Parks & Rec Priorities and Projects
      • Parks & Rec Projects in the Crozet Area
  4. Committee business – (25 minutes)

• In-person meetings procedures

Next Meeting: tentative October 12, 2022

Much of the parks conversation will likely have already been covered by Sean Tubbs, but the CCAC discussion will naturally be more focused on Crozet – likely the redevelopment of Crozet Park, Old Trail park development, and anything at Mint Springs (I can’t think of anything).

August CCAC Recap

Parking requirements lead to cars

I’m sorry for the delay and brevity in posting this.

All my tweets from the CCAC meeting are here.

Disclosure: I’m now a member of the Crozet CAC; if I write something as opinion, I’ll note that.

Big takeways from the meeting

In what is hopefully not the last CCAC video

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CCAC August 2022 – Downtown & the Master Plan

Beaver Creek Reservoir - August 2022

Local government matters, and as I’ve said for years, these meetings – as slow as they may seem – shape how our County lives and grows. Whenever the Crozet Downtown is redeveloped, that redevelopment will in part be influenced by a meeting three years ago, or five, or seven. Keep in mind that the lumberyard was sold at auction just over ten years ago.


via email from Joe Fore, Chair of the CCAC

note that this is an email from Joe to the CCAC

The Crozet Community Advisory Committee will meet this Wednesday, August 10 at 7 p.m., via Zoom. 

You can join the meeting here: …

Instructions for joining and meeting materials are also posted on the Albemarle County Calendar.

Our main agenda item this month will be a presentation from the Downtown Crozet Initiative updating us on the status of the Plaza and the downtown redevelopment.

We’ll also leave some time at the end of the meeting to talk about areas where the CCAC may be able to help with some of the Master Plan’s implementation goals.

For example, Goal 5 in the Land Use section of the Crozet Master Plan suggests that the County should “Increase capacity of the CCAC, local schools, or other community groups to initiate, implement, and manage placemaking projects.” (Master Plan, p. 27)

There may also be opportunities for us to assist with some other Master Plan implementation goals, such as the Downtown Neighborhoods Architectural and Cultural Resources Study and Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing Survey. (p. 26)”

Crozet Community Advisory Committee Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. Virtual Meeting

This meeting is being held pursuant to and in compliance with Ordinance No. 20-A (16); An Ordinance to Ensure the Continuity of Government During the Covid-19 Disaster.


Download Zoom. Use this link to join the webinar.


Dial (301) 715-8592. Type in the Webinar ID 945 7178 2297 followed by the pound (#) sign. If you have any questions, please email [email protected]


  1. Call to Order & Agenda Review (3 minutes) Joe Fore, CCAC Chair
  2. Approve Meeting Minutes (2 minutes) Joe Fore, CCAC Chair
  3. Presentation from the Downtown Crozet Initiative (60 minutes) Meg Holden, DCI President
  4. Committee business – Master Plan implementation (30 minutes)

Joe Fore, CCAC Chair

Next Meeting: September 14, 2022

CCAC, Climate, and Infrastructure

Rough "sidewalk" on Hill top

CCAC meeting on 11 May 2022 was focused Albemarle County’s Climate Change initiative, and yielded an interesting discussion.

If you’re interested, I would encourage you to either read all of the tweets (click here, scroll to the bottom and make your way up), or watch the video of the meeting.

A few tweets from the meeting

Read more: CCAC, Climate, and Infrastructure
The “sidewalk” on Hill Top street. Tried walking my grandson in his stroller and it was impossible, so we walked in the road.

March 2022 Transportation CCAC Meeting Roundup

That was an interesting meeting, and like most such meetings, one that people will look back on in three years and say, “I remember that’s when learned about X.”

X could be that they don’t seem to have the rights of way for the Eastern Avenue extension to 250, or that they still don’t have plans for sidewalks on Tabor and High, but are underway on the sidewalks from Cory Farm to Harris Teeter on 250, or that Oak Street from the Square is going to be completely revamped.

A few highlights that I’m pulling from the google doc at the bottom

  • Joe Fore (CCAC) asks about the Rt 240 (Three Notch’) Shared-use Path – Park Ridge Dr to Music Today; that was broken into 2 segments
  • “Much smaller” pot of funding is federal, not state, for “transportation alternatives” – under $1M, requires 20% local match. You know, walking and riding bikes. 
  • Project updates – skip to the bottom to read the discussion and questions about these
    • Eastern Ave South Extension – project was submitted last year; we find out in April if the state will fund it. ~$25M to do it (wonder what it would have been 15 – 20 years ago)
    • 240/250 Roundabout – going to advertise this year, construction to begin by the end of 2022
    • Old Trail/WAHS/250 Roundabout – worst performing intersection in Crozet – will be submitted as a Smart Scale project in this round. My thought: if they aren’t planning to put bikes and pedestrians first, they’re wrong.
    • US 250 Sidewalks
  • Crozet Connect update
  • Pandemic caused ridership to slump

Last night’s CCAC meeting represented two firsts for me: One – this was my first meeting as a CCAC member rather than observer, and two – the first that I’ve tried taking live notes in a google doc instead of live-tweeting. I’m inclined to go back to tweeting as the google doc does not perform as well as Twitter for inserting screenshots of slide decks (would be super-helpful if we’d get the slide decks before the meeting)

Part of the slide decks

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