Albemarle Candidates Discuss Development

By: Matt Holmes Email
By: Matt Holmes Email

Wednesday October 17, 2007

Hollymead's a pretty good example. Soon Biscuit Run will be the poster child.

We're talking, of course, about growth. In Albemarle County it's inevitable, yet some say it's happening more quickly than the county's infrastructure can handle.

"In Crozet, we have seen so much growth out there now that Route 250 comes (sic) into town, that morning rush hour is now very, very congested," says candidate Ann Mallek (D-White Hall).

Dennis King (I-Scottsville) adds: "One of the greatest concerns that I'm hearing from the citizens and from the voters is our water supply."

Opponents say with development comes more traffic and the need for even more water. Yet some candidates say if the county's to grow, it needs to be responsible growth.

"As far as maintaining the quality of life in Albemarle County, I think that if we just try to stay within our growth area, I think that we would be much more satisfied," says candidate Kevin Fletcher (I-Scottsville).

Kenneth Boyd (R-Rivanna) is the Board's Chairman: "The perception is is that we're growing like Loudoun County and...some people are trying to promote that. Well that's absolutely not the truth."

And for those who'd like to see development in Albemarle County stop altogether, don't hold your breath.

"We have already issued so many approvals going forward that houses that have not been built and many houses that have been built and not been sold," Mallek explains. "So we anticipate 30,000 more people to come in to live in the houses we've already approved."

Three seats on the Board of Supervisors are up this time around -- in the Rivanna, White Hall and Scottsville Districts.

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