Residents Upset About Crozet Development

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March 1, 2006

Residents in Crozet are up in arms tonight over the Old Trail Village. They said they're sick of the increased development and they're taking action. Residents say they support the master plan that would add 12,000 new residents to the Crozet area within the next 20 years, but they never thought that the Crozet population would become half the size of Charlottesville.

"There are a total of 4,234 dwelling units now approved to be built in Crozet but we aren't done yet," said Karen Arch, a Crozet resident.

The original master plan adds 12,000 people to the Crozet area in the next 20 years, but new plans that could double that number have residents concerned about the future of their once rural community.

"Pastoral views and quiet roads have been replaced by cookie cutter houses," said a Crozet resident.

"As a result of all this development our taxes are going up, our quality of life is going down, and in our opinion, we're seeing taxation without representation," said another Crozet resident.

Residents stood before the Board of Supervisors asking them to put a cap on the number of homes being built in the Old Trail Village. More than 1,300 people signed a petition backing them up. In response, one board member said it was just miscommunication.

"The people bring up some good points that we need to really take a look at and I intend to go away from this meeting and then talk with staff, and also back with the citizens [because] there seems to be a disconnect in communication," said David Wyant.

Crozet residents assumed that when the 12,000 person build-out was reached, that would be the end of growth in the area. they never expected that one day Crozet's population could become half the size of Charlottesville.

"Now what? Do we continue re-zonings that take our population passed 12,000 or do we stop now and make decisions that will retain a semblance of the quality of life that Crozet residents were assured of in the master plan," said Arch.

The first phase of development is currently under construction, however officials say they will take into consideration the residents' opinions. The Board also says it is hard to predict the population since nobody knows how many people will be living in each of the homes that are being built.