Supervisors Approve Old Trail

By: Michael Gorsegner
By: Michael Gorsegner

September 14, 2005

The controversial development plan for Old Trail went before the Board of Supervisors tonight for rezoning approval.

"As far as Crozet is concerned, it is like dancing with an elephant. It gets you a lot of attention but if it steps on you, you're dead," said Sandy Wilcox.

Proponents and opponents joined together to once again express their opinions of the Old Trail Development in Crozet.

"I think Old Trail will be an asset to the community and enhance the growth and prosperity of Crozet," said Martha Amato.

"There is a very big disconnect between what the Old Trail plan looked like when it left the citizen planning phase and what it looks like now," said Mary Gallo.

Many current Crozet residents fear the future of downtown will crumble with this new development that mixes both residential and commercial units. Long time resident Dick Brant disagreed.

"I think there will be enough people with all of the one's that are now coming into Crozet to handle both areas very nicely without negative impact," he said.

Another worry for residents, the area's infrastructure. Many do not believe the area can handle the new 237 acre site that will add up to 250,000 square feet of commercial use.

"The last time a sidewalk was built in Crozet was during the administration of Roosevelt. Thankfully it was Franklin and not Teddy," said Tom Loach.

"Our concerns deal with the delay in getting promised, planned, and greatly needed infrastructure in place in Crozet," said David Whalen.

In a late vote, the board of supervisors voted 5-0 to approve the rezoning. One supervisor, David Bowerman, abstained from the voting because of ties to the developer.

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