Reminder: Follow RealCrozetVA on Twitter

I wrote this after the derecho in 2012.

Every day brings further affirmation that Facebook is, for events such as this, fine (albeit evil and terrible) for conversation. For disseminating timely information. twitter is infinitely better.

Now that we’ve all learned what a derecho is, this is as good a time as ever to remind you to follow RealCrozetVA on Twitter – I’m posting there much more often than I can here, in part because it’s much, much, much easier to post tweets from my phone than it is to write a blog post. I’m trying to post on the RealCrozetVA Facebook page, but that app is so remarkably slow and dysfunctional that it drains my iPhone’s battery super-fast. *and, I no longer have the FB app on my phone

So – follow RealCrozetVA on Twitter or simply keep refreshing that page if you’re not on the Twitter.

Twitter is also good for following CCAC meetings. Here are the tweets from the March 2020 CCAC meeting.

Be nice to each other.

CCAC March 2020 | Little Explorers, Wireless Service Facility


Via email: (bolding mine)

The Crozet Community Advisory Committee will meet this Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Crozet Library. Hope you can join us. There will be two special use permit application presentations.


Crozet Library 
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. 

1.    Introductions and Agenda Review (Allie Pesch – CCAC chair) 
2.    Approval of Minutes 
3.    Little Explorers Discovery School Special Use Permit Presentation (Christi Gillette –40 minutes) 
4.    Wild Turkey Lane Tier III Personal Wireless Service Facility Special Use Permit Presentation (Lori Schweller – 40 minutes) 
5.    Items Not Listed on the Agenda 
6.    Announcements 
        a.    *Special CCAC Meeting* Crozet Master Plan Revision Discussion: Wednesday, March 25, 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Meadows 
        b.    Crozet Master Plan Community Workshop: Wednesday, April 22, 6:30 – 8 p.m. at WAHS 

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Yancey Mill Special Exceptions

Remember the noise and discussion about the Yancey Mill noises at the November CCAC meeting? Looks like the conversation with Albemarle County is ongoing.

The following email from Bill First with Albemarle County was forwarded to me by a neighbor of Yancey Mill about the upcoming County meetings about the Mill, which has been in its location for decades.

As an aside, I’ve found the County to be quite good at communicating with citizens and doing all that they can to keep people informed, about this, and almost anything else.

Planning Commission – Tuesday March 24.  The staff report and agenda will be available approximately one week prior to the meeting.  If you would like comments included in the report please provide them to me no later than March 13.  Comments received after that date will be forwarded to the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors they just won’t be included in the Planning Commission report.

Board of Supervisors – Wednesday April 15.  The staff report and agenda will be available approximately one week prior to the meeting.  All information received for the Planning Commission meeting will be automatically forwarded to the Board of Supervisors.  You do not need to resubmit comments.  However, if you did not provide comments for the Planning Commission or have new comments please send those comments to me no later than April 1st.  Again, if you provide comments after that date they will be forwarded to the Board they just won’t be in the report packet.

Tangentially Related

CCAC February 2020 Recap | Crozet Sports, Bamboo Grove

A big meeting. A big conversation about a big project in Crozet, the Crozet Sports facility, and a big conversation about a tiny rezoning for 6 great houses along Jarmans Gap.

Read all the tweets. Please.

Video at the bottom of this post.

The agenda for the meeting is here.

  • Bamboo Grove
    • Small project, rezoning from R2 to R4; it would be 6 single family housing units
    • Chris Fuller’s slide deck. For posterity, the PDF is here, too.
    • This was a great discussion about more than a simple rezoning (just do it; it’s a small and great project), it was an informative lesson about housing affordability, and how greater density leads to greater affordability.
      • And also how building smaller, more efficient houses is part of the solution

CCAC  February 2020
Bigger than usual attendance

Everything changes.


When Did Crozet Become a Growth Area?

Crozet Comp Plan from 1977

Crozet is growing, and it’s going to continue to grow. It’s been planned that way for nearly 50 years.

Q: When Did Crozet Become a Growth Area? (before a lot of people in Crozet were born)

A: 1971.

Fun fact: The average year built of a home sold in Crozet in 2019 was 2003

From Cvillepedia

Crozet was first designated as a designated growth area with the 1971 revision of the county’s comprehensive plan[1].

Old Comp Plans

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CCAC Meeting – 12 February 2020 – Crozet Sports, Bamboo Grove

via email, bolding mine. #CCAC0220

Crozet Library 
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. 


1.    Introductions and Agenda Review (Allie Pesch – CCAC chair) 
2.    Approval of Minutes 
3.    Crozet Sports Zoning Map Amendment Community Meeting (Valerie Long, Williams Mullen and Justin Byrd, Crozet Sports Owner – 40 minutes) 
4.    Bamboo Grove Zoning Map Amendment Community Meeting (Christopher Fuller – 40 minutes) 
5.    Crozet Master Plan Update Phase 2 Check-in (Andrew Knuppel, Albemarle County Community Development – 15 minutes) 
6.    Items Not Listed on the Agenda 
7.    Announcements 

Thank goodness Crozet Library closes at 9; I suspect with two Zoning Map Amendments (Bamboo Grove and Crozet Sports) this meeting could go long.

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Rooftop Closing; Will now be Event Space

via their Facebook page:

In recent weeks, the owner of Piedmont Place approached us with an idea of an event space conversion to accompany the hotel concept for the 6 apartment suites at Piedmont Place that will be opening in March. After much debate and consideration, we have decided that a new event space would best serve the community and its growing needs, and allow us to focus 100% of our attention on Smoked Kitchen and Tap, which has always been the greatest passion of both Justin and myself.

Effective immediately, The Rooftop will be shutting its doors to make way for the new event space.

We want to express our sincere gratitude to those of you who have supported us through our journey. The decision to pass the baton to another business owner was exceptionally difficult. Ultimately, we feel like stepping aside for this event space is what serves Piedmont Place, the Smoked Kitchen and Tap patrons, and the Crozet community the best. We have many deep relationships and friendships in the Crozet community and hope to be able to continue to deepen those through our greater focus and better service at Smoked. We have trust and confidence that this will be a huge highlight to an already exceptional development in Crozet. A sincere thank you to all of our loyal patrons, community members, and staff that served us over the years. 

Crozet Sports’ Proposed Facility Near Henley

As I said in 2018, My quick thought: Crozet needs this. “Where” is going to be an interesting challenge.

Today, brings a long and thorough story from the Crozet Gazette (read the whole thing)

Crozet Sports, a youth sports academy founded in 2018 and owned by local residents Justin and Jessica Byrd, has unveiled an ambitious proposal to build an 85,000-square-foot indoor sports facility in Old Trail.

Citing local demand for additional training and educational space in Crozet as well as his desire to create a vital and active community hub, Justin Byrd is passionate about this project. “We know there’s a need in this area for indoor space for sports fields, health programming, and educational programs, and we’re excited to be able to fill that void,” he said.

The proposed site is Block 19, a 9.76-acre parcel at the northeast corner of Rt. 250 and Old Trail Drive. In the site’s preliminary architectural renderings, the two-story building is situated 750 feet away from Rt. 250, and maintains a tree-lined buffer along Old Trail Drive. “We’re trying to hide the facility as much as possible so it’s not intrusive from a visual standpoint and also helps preserve the Rt. 250 scenic byway,” said Byrd. “The plan is to keep as much vegetation as possible, and of course we’ll preserve and maintain the stream buffers and trails on the north side of the property.”

The facility will host a plethora of activity spaces, including multi-purpose turf fields, hard courts, and training areas for baseball, softball, and sports performance, plus student-athlete classrooms. There will be a children’s play area and rental space for parties or gatherings as well as for services such as physical therapy, massage, and sports medicine. “It’s going to be an amenity that provides ample space for hosting community events, camps, and weekend sports tournaments in our area,” said Byrd, “and we hope to offer health and wellness programming for adults as well.”