Welcome to “about Crozet” a blog site dedicated to not only telling you about what’s happening in Crozet, but also obtaining feedback from you on those issues directly related to the quality of life in our community. For as long as I have lived in Crozet, defining issues and getting input from our residents has been a way of life. The residents of Crozet have always made their voices heard at every level of county government. With the implementation of the recent disastrous update of our Master Plan over the objections of the community it just means we must double our efforts to be heard. Please take the time to review the current issue now confronting Crozet and let your voice be heard.
Crozet Fourth of July Fireworks needs your help!
There are two occasions Crozet always enjoys, one is Santa Claus at the firehouse and the other is our Fourth of July Celebration featuring the fireworks display to end the night. Unfortunately, the cost of the fireworks display, like everything else, has gone up and Crozet needs you to step up and help. Here’s a link to the Go Fund Me page where you can donate.
They really don’t care, do they.
I just received an email from Albemarle County regarding the upcoming Comprehensive Plan Update(AC44). What caught my eye was a new change in direction the county has taken. In the
The Crozet Community Advisory Committee and its role in the future
It wasn’t long after the ink had dried on the first Crozet Master Plan when a group was formed to make sure the county and developers would adhere to both
Water Water Everywhere
If you missed tonight’s meeting of the Crozet Community Advisory Committee, you missed an excellent presentation from Jennifer Whitaker discussing Crozet’s water supply, past, present, and future. The good news
NIMD – Not in my development
Recently the Board of Supervisors held a work session on the subject of affordable housing, which county staff has been working on for some time. It seems the proposed new
Growth area expansion. Did I miss something?
I was just reading an article on the Free Enterprise Forum website and found the follow paragraph, italicized no less. The updated Comprehensive Plan is expected to have criteria to
New Demographic Data Update from Crozet United
In 1993 in response to the increase in development activity in Crozet representatives from the community formed a committee to work with the Albemarle County Planning Department to develop a
What you don’t know can hurt you
For a while it seemed like old times at last night’s CCAC meeting. The room was full of interested residents ready to tackle the issues of Crozet. The main event
If you read only one newsletter all year, please make it this one. We wrote to you last month with the disappointing news that our calls to ﬁx the Water
Affordable Housing – A history of failure and a question for the future.
It has to be stated right up front that the community of Crozet has been working to incorporate affordable housing into the onslaught of development in our community since 1993,
Big Government, Big Problems
It’s been slowly creeping up on Albemarle County like kudzu and if left to grow it will most surely kill the host it preys on. What I’m talking about is
Brad Rykal to run for White Hall Supervisor
And the race is on. Crozet resident Brad Rykal announced he will be running for the White Hall seat on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. Running as an independent,
March CCAC meeting: Westlake Hills present their objections to proposed development and some things never change.
Several home owners from the Westlake Hills subdivision make a case why the Oak Bluff rezoning proposal should not be supported by the CCAC or approved by the County. Perhaps
A Question of Safety
At a recent meeting of the Crozet Community Association, two Albemarle County Police officers were in attendance to answer questions from community about policing in Crozet. I asked the officers
A win for the home team, or is it?
According to an article in this month’s Crozet Gazette, Albemarle County has denied an appeal brought by the potential developers of the “Montclair” subdivision adjacent to Rt 240 regarding the
The Crozet Plaza. One more time
Once again the clouds have parted and a voice came from above, not from the almighty, but from Frank Stoner giving an update on the building of Crozet Plaza. In
Crozet Quality of Life Survey:
AC44 Survey Results
Thank you all for taking time to complete the aboutcrozet.com AC44 Survey. We had 168 people complete the survey, which in my opinion is quite good considering the County’s AC44 Survey is just reaching 500 for the entire county.
Total of 168 votes:
Explore opportunities to provide more density and more infill development within the existing Development Areas, while retaining and enhancing green infrastructure.
I support AC44 Option 1 – 19.52%
I do not support AC44 Option 1 – 90.48%
Consider opportunities to adjust and reduce maximum densities recommended in the Development Areas to more closely align with historic build out patterns.
I Support AC44 Option 2 – 85.3%
I do not support AC44 Option 2 – 11.19%
I have no opinion on AC44 Option 2 – 3.5%
Draft new criteria that would identify when, where, and how the Development Areas should be expanded
I support AC44 Option 3 – 4.96%
I do not support AC44 Option 3 – 90.07%
I have no opinion on AC44 Option 3 – 4.96%
Consider opportunities for non-residential development around I-64 interstate interchanges to support jobs growth and
Economic Development Goals
I support AC44 Option 4 – 13.87%
I do not support AC44 Option 4 – 80.29%
I have no opinion on AC44 Option 4 – 5.84%
Explore the possibility of ‘rural villages’ within the Rural Area to promote small-scale commercial and service uses to serve nearby Rural Area residents
I support AC44 Option 5 – 12.90%
I do not support AC44 Option 5 – 75.81%
I have no opinion on AC44 Option 5 -11.29%
Evaluate current service provisions and consider if adjustments are needed to ensure equitable distribution of health and safety services for both the Rural Area and the Development Areas
I support AC44 Option 6 – 25.83%
I do no support AC44 Option 6 – 32.50%
I have no opinion on AC44 Option 6 – 41.67%68
Brad Rykal Podcast:
Brad Rykal is a Crozet resident who has a website where you can listen to a number of Crozet residents and their views about our little town, which includes my two cents. Just look for the podcasts with the “Crozet Series”. Here’s a link.
Crozet Community Association
Over 30 years of service and more important to Crozet than ever!
Whether it’s funding the mural painted on the railroad underpass or putting on the Crozet 4th of July festival, the Crozet Community Association has worked diligently to make our little piece of heaven in the Blue Ridge, a better place to live. But perhaps one of the most important efforts on the part of the CCA was funding the community wide surveys to obtain the information needed to drive the future of Crozet. As a member of the County Planning Commission I never had to worry about making a decision that came before the commission regarding Crozet, because I usually had the answer from the latest survey. Once Crozet had its first Master Plan in the box, it would be the CCA who would become the venue to follow the plan and give our residents somewhere to give their feedback on any proposed changes. When this duty was taken over by the Crozet Community Advisory Association CCAC, the CCA’s role would fall back to other community activities like the Fourth of July parade and firework display and helping with the fire department Christmas parade. All that said, it’s time the CCA got back to its roots and become the voice of Crozet when it comes to issues of growth and development. The fact the CCAC is now completely controlled by the county to the point the CCAC cannot even make its own agenda, which tells you all you need to know who is running the show. Here’s the web address of the CCA https://cca.avenue.org/. Please give it look, become involved, attend the meetings and make Crozet a better place to live.
Small town news of interest
Overdevelopment is threatening ‘Everybody’s Hometown,’ Media residents say
They say misery loves company and it would seem Crozet is in good company with Media Pa. Take a look at this article and see if it doesn’t seem familiar.