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Residents Hear Biscuit Run Proposal

By: Michael Gorsegner
By: Michael Gorsegner

March 7, 2006

Just months ago, the Biscuit Run property was sold to developers. Tonight, residents heard the future plan for the 920 acre site.

"Enough is enough. We have to think outside the box. Why do we need this many homes?" said lifetime resident Margaret Weeks.

Over 100 people gathered to hear the proposed plan for the 920 acre Biscuit Run development. The land stands idle now, but the plan calls for a maximum of almost 5,000 homes, several parks, and a new elementary school. However, the plan is in the early stages.

"We don't view this plan that you see tonight as by any means a final plan. We view this as...a collaborative process," said Steve Blaine from LeClair Ryan.

It is a collaborative process that residents hope will include public input.

"Decisions that are being made by developers, land owners, planners and elected officials are too important to leave to the experts. Please be smart enough to realize the wisdom of the citizens," said resident Red Riplinger.

Some raised concerns about environmental issues.

"I think it's inevitable that all of the human activity associated with a project of this scale will negatively impact the open space resources in the Scottsville District," said resident Tom Olivia.

While others are just worried about the area's quality of life.

"There will be more and more growth until there are so many houses that people lose the quality life and they move somewhere else," said resident Joseph Greenberg.

"Sooner or later we're going to pass the point of no return. We're just going to totally do in the reasons that we moved here, the reasons that we live here, [and] the reasons that we love being Albemarle County residents," Weeks said.

The next work session is tentatively scheduled for March 21. There will be no final decision until the Planning Commission holds a formal public hearing.


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