Albemarle Co. Planning Commission Discusses Potential New Site for Regents School
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - A private school in Albemarle County is looking to build a new facility. On Tuesday night, the planning commission heard from parents and community members on the potential new site of the Regents School on Reservoir Road.
The size of the Regents School has grown by hundreds of students since it opened in 2010. On Tuesday night, plans to build a new campus is one step closer to reality. Dozens of people spoke on the matter including parents who say the new campus is a long time coming.
"We as a community need to embrace this school,” said Timothy Star, who lives in Charlottesville. "My family is here in Albemarle County solely because of this school, and what it means to us and for this greater community.”
The proposed plan includes multiple academic buildings with up to 13 classrooms, an office building, a gym, theater, and a lighted athletic field. Some neighbors raised concerns about the impacts of traffic in the area, saying the road is already too congested.
"Adding all of this traffic to the road will definitely impact all the residents that live on that road,” said Richard Shrum, who lives in Albemarle County.
The school only has room for 8 more students at their campus off Ivy Road, where 122 of their 184 students study. The rest attend classes at Jefferson Park Baptist Church.
"We choose to travel 45 minutes every day in order to send our children to Regents because the value that this school offers is of no comparison to other schools in the area,” said Chelsea Mopono, who lives in Greene County.
Ultimately the planning commission unanimously signed off on the plan including a special use permit the school requested to build taller lights for the proposed athletic field.
"I think from the highest level to the youngest child at our school I think that there is a great desire to be good neighbors and to be a good part of your community,” said Hannah Wolf, who lives in Albemarle County.
The board of supervisors will have the final say on the plan at its September 18 meeting. If approved, construction will start in 2024.
Also, plans for residential development in southern Albemarle County are now permanently on hold. A developer wanted to rezone more than 13 acres of land on Galaxie Farm Lane near the intersection of Route 20 and Mill Creek to build 72 new housing units.
On Tuesday night, the Albemarle County Planning Commission announced the hearing over whether to rezone the land has been deferred indefinitely.
Several concerns for the proposal included adding students to an already over capacity Cale Elementary School and a higher density than recommended as part of the area's master plan.