Albemarle Supervisors Evaluate Future of Crozet Master Plan
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Albemarle County is re-evaluating its plan for Crozet's future. The Board of Supervisors met on Wednesday to discuss a revision for the area's Master Plan, which will set development priorities for the foreseeable future.
It's been 10 years since the last update to the Crozet Master Plan. Now, the goal is for the revision to be ready for review and adoption in December of 2020.
The first two phases involve heavy community involvement, which will inform the guiding principles the county ultimately makes the core of the new plan. Addressing transportation and traffic issues are two of those priorities.
"People have massive traffic jams in rush hour time," said supervisor Anne Mallek. "Anything that has to do with an interchanges with Route 250, Interstate 64, Western Albemarle High School, the elementary school, the middle school...everything is just backing up."
Supervisors also say finalizing projects like the Lickinghole Creek Bridge and the redevelopment of the Square and Barnes Lumber Yard are also priorities.
"People are still focused on the roadway connections that were promised in the 1990s and still haven't been built," Mallek said. "The bridge over Lickinghole Creek is incredibly important and is the No. 1 topic I hear about from people on the street."
The first phase is titled "Community Visioning." The county hopes to hear from people through the process online and in-person at workshops and focus groups. The first workshop is Monday, September 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Western Albemarle High School cafeteria.
"A couple of things that will hopefully happen in Crozet that we think we did well in Pantops," said supervisor Norman Dill. "Have a lot of community involvement and that won't be a problem for Crozet."
The guiding principles won't be set in stone until later next year. Whatever they end up being, the next master plan may not be updated again for another decade.