North Pointe Development Hearing

By: Michael Gorsegner
By: Michael Gorsegner

May 10, 2006

After six years and several proposals, the North Pointe Development once again went before the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and citizens. The controversy was obvious as nearly 200 people crowded into the auditorium at Burley Middle School to hear and express their concerns and approval over this expansive project.

"We now have the development that fuels the economic engine that makes greater Charlottesville the great place to live," said Doug Long.

"These projects with or without golf courses are by there nature expensive on the environment and expensive on the homeowner," said William Atwood.

The opinions were as varied as the people in attendance. Nearly 200 showed up to see the latest changes in the six year ongoing proposal of the North Pointe development. Several residents say it answers a growing need.

"It responds to what you have directed. It is growth in the growth area," said Tim Hulbert.

"I can't imagine a more thoughtful, well conceived, totally mixed use community than [the one] being considered tonight," said Don Richardson.

Still others argued the project, that could cover nearly 265 acres of land north of Profit Road and bring almost 900 homes to the area, is too much on the environment.

"I am really concerned about the health of the North Fork of the Rivanna River," said Pete Stowe.

"Construction on the slopes that drain directly into the river would lead to increased erosion and sedimentation," said John Pershing.

Finally, detractors say it would only add to the problem of affordable housing in the area.

"The definition of affordable housing here is a joke. And even with this, we are only talking about 10 percent," said Charlie Tractor.

Because of some last minute changes, the Board of Supervisors deferred the final decision until after a June 7 work session. From there, they hope to schedule a final vote soon.

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