CRN: Crozet resident Tom Loach on the master planning process

Crozet resident Tom Loach joins Coy Barefoot on WINA’s Charlottesville–Right Now to give an update on the twenty-year Crozet Master Plan and its population estimates. Loach worked on the committee that recommended the master plan to the Board of Supervisors, which they approved in December 2004. However, since the 2,275 home Old Trail Village
development was approved in late 2005, Loach has been asking questions about whether new developments approved in Crozet were putting it on track to exceed the build-out population of 12,000 people anticipated by the plan.

In January 2006, the Board of Supervisors accepted a staff calculation that established a “theoretical ultimate build-out” population for the Crozet growth area closer to 24,000 which might be reached some point after 2024. Loach led a petition drive which garnered over 1,300 signatures from residents who wanted to cap Crozet’s future population at 12,000. Over the past two years he has sought information from the County related to the population estimates and he recently received documents from Albemarle County as a result of a Freedom of Information Act request. In the interview, he describes the documents he says supports the community’s belief that the planning effort described a maximum ideal population of
12,000 in Crozet


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