I have just released my October Newsletter! This version is mostly the same as the general Newsletter, but is tailored a bit specifically for Crozet.
Email me if you would like a copy mailed or emailed to you.
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.
â€œWe want people to know about Innisfree and realize the incredible wealth of our gardens,â€ Ohle said. â€œIt also provides more therapeutic work opportunities for our co-workers, which is our term for the people with developmental disabilities who live here.
â€œAs 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.
Located next to the existing Crozet Shopping Center, this plan features two office/commercial buildings and adequate parking.
This proposed Neighborhood Model Development is located adjacent to the “Highlands at Mechums River” in Crozet.
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.
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.
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 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 ofÂ 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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The Old Trail development was approved last night. Brace yourselves for the impact of building a large number of homes with no planned infrastructure improvements.
My favorite quote –
“As far as Crozet is concerned [building Old Trail] is like dancing with an elephant”, resident Sandy Wilcox said. “It gets you a lot of attention, but if it steps on you, you’re dead.”
Old Trail could be a really, really good thing. However, without planning for the proper infrastructure needs – roads, rail, trails to the schools, etc. life in Crozet may get very difficult. Trusting developers to “do the right thing” is naive and goes against their nature.
Tonight is the night for Old Trail’s rezoning. Referencing the first quote from the developer, if they were “intending” to make the changes, they should make them prior to approval.
“Most of the items that the Planning Commission added were items we were going to do anyway, and they just wanted us to iron out the details, said Justin Beights of Beights Development Corp.
“I think we’ve done our best, I think it’s a good plan, and I hope it’s something that the county supports,” he said.
Those who support the plan have pointed to its close following of the county’s neighborhood model and its potential to bring new customers to the businesses of downtown Crozet.
But others have expressed concerns about strains on the school system, a lack of sufficient recreation space and Old Trail businesses that may take money away from downtown.
David Wayland, president of Crozet Community Association, asked the 44 attendees at Thursday’s association meeting if anyone felt comfortable with the rezoning. No one raised a hand.
Most of the frustration, though, has been directed at the county for not funding long-term improvements outlined in Crozet’s master plan, such as parking, better roads and sidewalks.
Sadly, money talks.