Bike Paths, Big YMCA, Master Plan

This is an exciting post, because I didn’t write most of it. Thanks to Neve Gallagher for going to the 12 September 2019 CCAC meeting, tweeting it, and writing the following. My .02 on the Crozet Park proposal, and the bike path: Need more bike paths. If they are going to expand Crozet Park, doing so without commensurate infrastructure (bike paths, sidewalks, roads) and without actually talking to neighbors, is negligent.


The community involvement in the Crozet Master Plan has exceeded the CCAC’s expectations. They had ordered pizza for 75 people and over 120 came, on Monday September 9th, to give their input. The CCAC is looking community involvement and presenting varying opportunities for it, since the Master Plan is, ultimately, for the people. 

There is a play-by-play on Twitter of the CCAC meeting if you’re looking for in-depth coverage of the meeting. 

Highlights

  • Crozet Master Plan Update
    • More community involvement than expected
    • Opened up the floor  for input on the following questions:
      • “Did anything surprise you about the workshop, on Monday September 9th?”
      • “What worked well?”
      • “What should we continue doing or what should we start doing?”
    • Majority response was that there were ample opportunities for community input & involvement and this was greatly appreciated
  • Barnes Lumber Development Road/ Bike Path Discussion
    • Doug Bates presented the initial road plan and the revised road plan to the floor, asking for opinions on the revision.
    • The general consensus was that the bike path was a better option than the bike lanes on the roads. Why?
      • A bike path is more family friendly & appealing to the typical Crozet local
    • A concern that has gone into the planning of building these roads with VDOT is the potential for this to turn into a high speed road; Frank Stoner assures that they are looking at ways to prevent this
      • Talk of raised intersections to prevent high speed traffic
  • Claudius Crozet Park Facility Proposal
    • Drew Holzwarth reviewed the Crozet Park Facility plans, explained the reasons this facility was a necessity and how, as a town, plan to pay for it
      • Holzwarth referenced past Crozet Park projects that were great successes due to high community involvement in fundraising. 

This month’s CCAC meeting had an overall theme of community involvement. Without the community input these plans will go through, building will commence and citizens of Crozet will be displeased with some aspect of the design. The CCAC is offering ways to get the community mobilized and easily put in their two cents. I suggest we all take these opportunities presented to raise our concerns and collaborate to allow the plans for Crozet to reflect our community.  

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CCAC Meeting – 18 October 2017 | Western Park, Downtown Redevelopment

CROZET COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Crozet Elementary School Cafeteria
Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Agenda

  1. Agenda Review (DaveStoner – CCAC chair)
  2. Approval of Minutes
  3. Western Park Master Plan Update (Bob Crickenberger, Albemarle County – 60min)
  4. Barnes Lumber Rezoning Update (Frank Stoner, Milestone Partners – 45min) [tentative]
  5. Neighborhood Improvement Funding Initiative (NIFI) Update on Crozet Square  Streetscape (Dave Stoner – 15 min)
  6. Items Not Listed on the Agenda
  7. Announcements & Future Agenda Items
    1. NovemberCCAC
    2. Re-Store’n Station SP Amendment Update

For those attending & tweeting (anybody?) and for those following along on Twitter, the hashtag will be #CCAC1017

Prepping for 2017 Crozet Christmas Parade

Crozet Christmas Parade (from 2014)

via email:

The Crozet VFD Christmas Parade will be held on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 3PM. Lineup is at 2PM on Wayland Drive in Crozet. No registration is required, just show up.
Lineup instructions: Turn east on St. George Avenue, then right onto Wayland Drive. The first parade entry will be located at the intersection of Wayland and Crozet Ave.

Highlights of Crozet Library Stuff – April/May 2017

I point out the Crozet Library to every single one of my clients, if they’ve not already identified it. We have such a remarkable resource there!

A sampling of events at Crozet Library … via email.

Fake News Information Session
Monday, April 17 at 6:30pm
Make up your own mind about issues that you see in the news. Learn to make informed decisions about the media you consume and identify fake news using recommended resources.  No registration required. All ages.

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CCAC Meeting 16 November – Land Use, Growth, Politics

Lots on the agenda.

 

CROZET COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE The Crozet Library
Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Agenda

  1. Agenda Review (David Stoner -CCAC chair)
  2. Approval of Minutes
  3. Residential development pipeline, patterns, and zoning/proposed land use (Elaine Echols – 45 min)
  4. Net v. Gross Density Calculations &Policy (ElaineEchols–15min)
  5. Discuss Focus Areas Priorities (All–45min)
    (Focus area liaisons please come with thoughts on “top 3-4” priorities/goals/actions)
  6. Items Not Listed on the Agenda
  7. AnnouncementsDCI/Milestone Crozet Plaza Design Open House – Dec 8, 5-8pm, Piedmont Place
  8. Future Agenda Items

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What’s Going on At Crozet Park?

I ride through Crozet Park all the time and there is a lot happening! So much so that I asked Kim Guenther with the Park to give us an update. She was gracious to quickly email me something and it’s taken me a couple weeks to get around to posting; I’m sorry.


What’s Happening at the Park

If you’ve been by Crozet Park lately, you’ve no doubt noticed the mountains of dirt sitting south of the upper playground. Some have guessed this might be a new BMX dirt bike course or, an obstacle for a Tough Mudder event. Or, just for fun, the Park Board decided to dig up the old pool near the upper playground that was shut down and covered over when the new pool was built in 1996.  But no, none of these things are true. Instead, we are redesigning and improving the Park’s parking.  

The project kicked off in early July and we’ve pulled together key points into an FAQ. So, if you’re wondering what the heck is going on at your community park, read on…

  1. Why are we renovating and expanding Park parking?

Surveys of Park users have helped make clear how current parking is not adequate.

Anyone who has been to the Park, especially in the spring and summer, can attest to the many challenges of parking.  Park usage continues to increase especially as new amenities – dog park and perimeter trail — are added, resulting in parking that is less than adequate. To put this in context, traffic volume coming into the community-owned 22-acre Crozet Park is second only to the County-owned Darden Towe Park, a 113-acre park in Charlottesville.

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CCAC Meeting 20 July 2016 – What Are CCAC Roles & Goals?

Sorry for the late-ish notice; just got this via email last night: (bolding mine) — please read the CCAC 2016 Goals & Priorities Discussion Draft (PDF), and weigh in in the comments.

CROZET COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The Crozet Library
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Agenda

  1. Agenda Review (David Stoner – CCAC chair)
  2. Approval of Minutes
  3. Review of CCAC Fact Sheet and Introduction/Overview/Duties (10 min)
  4. CCAC Priorities Discussion (90 min)
    1. What are the most important issues facing Crozet? Should we advocate more for certain of these stated in the Master Plan? Which? How?
    2. Master Plan Monitoring, Review, and Update – should we do more?
    3. Public Meetings and Project Reviews – are we spending our time wisely?
    4. Are there other Issues, county processes, or things we should focus on?
    5. Need to update Committee Liaisons (Aug 2016)
    6. Are there ways we conduct business that can be improved upon?
  5. Items Not Listed on the Agenda
  6. Announcements
  7. Future Agenda Items (August?)
    1. Update Committee Liaison Roles
    2. Barnes Lumber Rezoning Presentation (tentative)

CCAC 2016 Goals & Priorities Discussion Draft (PDF)

 

Interested in the Crozet Cycling Club?

It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. ~ Ernest Hemingway

You may have seen us on the road, and hopefully you saw the great story in last month’s Crozet Gazette.

If you’re interested in riding with the Crozet Cycling Club (we have 3 segments of the club now!), come out to Pro Re Nata this Friday, 24 June between 7 and 9. (the facebook event is here) We’re calling this a non-spandex social.  Already ride? Cool. Thinking about starting to ride? Come on down.

6am. Good fun. #crozetcycling #crozet

A photo posted by RealCrozetVa (Jim Duncan) (@realcrozetva) on

 

If you’re out on local scenic roads at the crack of day, you’re likely to see a posse of Crozet cyclists trailing slipstreams, winding like wind down the roads.

“This area’s hard to beat. It’s gorgeous. We stop to take pictures,” said Duncan. “We take time to appreciate where we are. Morning commuters know us because of our headlight power. We stick together as a group. We’re extremely conscientious about safety and sharing the road. We live here and we don’t want to piss off our neighbors.

At the moment, we have 3 groups of riders –

  • Wednesday morning at 6am – and usually every other morning as well)
  • The 9:30 Club  – who meet Fridays at 7:15 at Mudhouse during the summer
  • The Easy Riders – meet at Crozet Mudhouse on Mondays and Thursdays. ** see the end of this post for more information on the Easy Riders

* one request – if you do request to be a member of one of the google groups, please also email me and let me know a little about who you are and how long you’ve been riding; the google groups are private groups, and we like to know with whom we’re communicating (our email threads tend to be comical from time to time, too).

I’m always happy to answer questions, or talk about the different groups, and which one may be the best fit for you. Call/email/text me anytime and 434-242-7140.

We are now discussing holding clinics for those of us – beginners and not-so-beginners – to learn to be better skilled and safer riders. I truly love and am humbled by the growth and evolution of this group.

If you’re interested in riding with the Crozet Cycling Club, come out to Pro Re Nata this Friday, 24 June between 7 and 9. (the facebook event is here) We’re calling this a non-spandex social. 

 

 


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