Crozet’s water supply is sufficient

From a letter to the editor in the DailyProgress , (that’s a dead link to DP) written by J.W. Brent, ACSA’s Executive Director

To facilitate orderly development as envisioned in the Comprehensive Plan, many millions of dollars have been invested in establishing the water and sewer infrastructure in Crozet. In addition to developing the utility backbone for future development, the authority is committed to maintaining the reliability of service to existing customers in Crozet. A $1.7 million project is currently under construction to replace existing water lines in the downtown area and residential areas north of downtown. There are no requests for water or sewer service or complaints of inadequate service in Crozet that have not been dealt with by the service authority.

Sometimes it just seems like there ought to be problems created by the growth in Crozet. Another case of facts trumping perception? Now, let’s talk about mass transit!

Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival

The Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival is this weekend.

The Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival is the premier juried arts and crafts show in Central Virginia. Twice a year, on Mothers’ Day weekend in May and on the second weekend in October, 125 of the nation’s finest artists and craftspeople gather to showcase their exhibits in pottery, textiles, leather, glass, wood, metal, photography and art, providing a tantalizing array of beautiful handmade articles for sale. This two day event provides a fine outing for the entire family!

Grab a flyer from the house I am marketing in Parkside Village and don’t forget to stop by my listing in the Highlands!

Innisfree Village

In light of last week’s posting on about a “greener” Albemarle County comes this story from today’s Daily Progress about Innisfree Village in Crozet.

This year a new program, Community Supported Agriculture, was started in order to share the benefits of the gardens with others outside the village.

CSA is a nationwide movement designed to connect city folks with the food they eat and with the land and people who tend them. This past spring, 25 subscribers were given the opportunity to participate in the program.

“We want people to know about Innisfree and realize the incredible wealth of our gardens,” Ohle said. “It also provides more therapeutic work opportunities for our co-workers, which is our term for the people with developmental disabilities who live here.

“As a result of the program, we now have extra work in harvesting and preparing the vegetables that are sent out to the subscribers. The number of different tasks and skill levels this provides is wonderful for our folks.

We are lucky to have organizations such as this in our area.

Update 06/06/2006: the Charlottesville Podcasting Network has an interesting profile of Innisfree Village.

Weather Hill’s plans for Crozet

The Depot
Located next to the existing Crozet Shopping Center, this plan features two office/commercial buildings and adequate parking.

Wickham Pond
This proposed Neighborhood Model Development is located adjacent to the “Highlands at Mechums River” in Crozet.

Liberty Hall
The neighborhood includes single-family homes, townhouses, and a commercial center. (County review pending.)

Everybody wants to build in Crozet. Let’s see how Weather Hill does. Getting a project approved and developed through Albemarle’s planning process is an achievement in and of itself. Hopefully they will follow through.

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More on Crozet’s Master Plan

Thanks to today’s DP article for this excerpt –

Crozet was the first of the county’s seven designated-growth areas to be planned for pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use development. The plan called for road improvements, infrastructure upgrades downtown and for specific development patterns. According to the county’s plan, such improvements are supposed to be made simultaneously with development, and that’s the point of frustration for residents. “If they don’t use planning to cause development to happen the right way, it isn’t going to just happen, resident Sandy Wilcox said.

The plan specifically includes improvements to Jarman’s Gap Road, parking downtown, sidewalks and new connector roads. So far, Crozet residents say, they’ve been left out to dry.

Loach said the people continuing to speak out since the Old Trail decision are not reactionary, but defensive. “It’s not fire and brimstone as much as it’s disappointment and betrayal.”

The short story is that there is a tremendous amount of growth planned for Crozet with relatively few infrastructure planned to be provided. Anybody who drives 250 in the morning will agree that adding several thousand vehicles every day will overload this artery.

Dennis Rooker

Referencing Old Trail in Crozet –

‘No plan is perfect, but it’s probably the best plan I’ve seen,’ Supervisor Dennis S. Rooker said. When a citizen addressed the familiar concern that the Crozet area and the 250 Bypass will sprawl and become the next Route 29N or Pantops, Rooker responded, ‘Houses don’t create people. They’ll come whether or not the houses are here.’ –courtesy of this week’s C-Ville.

If they don’t build the houses, where would they live?If they don’t build the houses, where would they live? Clearly these are the words of someone who cares.

Crozet’s Tunnel

Crozet wasn’t always in the designated growth zone.

When railroads in Virginia were beginning to expand to the western part of the state in the mid-1800’s, the Blue Ridge mountains stood as a formidable obstacle to their progress. In 1848, construction began on a series of  tunnels (Crozet Tunnel being the longest) to link the Shenandoah Valley to the eastern part of the state. The tunnel was engineered by Claudius Crozet, and stands as one of the great engineering wonders of the 19th century.

Read about it here.

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