January 30, 2006
The proposed Biscuit Run development was once again before the Planning Commission. Planning Commissioners heard about the traffic affects the 3,100 homes could have on area roadways.
"When we grow, our community wants to see quality growth," said Brian Wheeler.
Proponents and opponents alike filled the County Office Building tonight to talk about Biscuit Run and the 30,000 cars a day it would add to area roadways. It's an addition that has many in the community concerned.
"If we can't fix a pothole on Avon Street, how in the world are we going to withstand this amount of traffic," said Margaret Weeks.
If the plan is approved, the developer would widen over two miles of Route 20 to four lanes and install traffic lights at several intersections including Avon Street Extended and Scottsville Road. Tonight, the developer wanted to know if these improvements were enough.
"With the proffered improvements, there is adequate road infrastructure to support this zoning. That is really the question that we need to answer," said Steven Blaine with Forest Lodge, LLC.
Residents along Charlottesville streets like Old Lynchburg Road and Sunset Avenue say they already feel the pinch from cut through traffic and would not reap the benefits of Biscuit Run.
"None of the current proffers that add traffic signals and intersection reworks address reducing the volume using the City residential streets," said Jeannie Chase.
"What's in the City's interest is providing a way to get around City neighborhoods so people coming into the University don't need to drive through City neighborhoods," said City Councilor Kevin Lynch.
Biscuit Run will next be before the Planning Commission on February 6. At that point, the Commission hopes to lay out what they would like to see from the developer. A public hearing is scheduled for this development for some time in late February.
The Board of Supervisors will eventually have the final say whether or not the project is approved.