February 10, 2007
Over 200 hundred people showed up to have their chance of asking developers any question they want.
“It is the largest project that the county has considered ever,” said Petey Craddock, Albemarle County Planning Commissioner.
Concerned citizens spent the morning looking over maps and more maps, pointing to areas near their home that spark concern.
"I think that certainly traffic is an issue and some of the other environmental concerns that come with development," said county resident, Mark Lieberth.
The development of Biscuit Run has created much debate in the area, primarily because of the size of the plan. Since the proposal, Albemarle County Planning Commission has held ten public hearings. Saturday, was the first time citizens could take their concerns straight to the top.
"I want to see more development closer to the city inside the boundary that's already been defined and I feel that 3 thousand units is just not enough,” said Lieberth.
Not everyone agrees. Since the initial proposal the plan has downsized, after residents complained 5,000 houses is just too much, but one county commissioners argues making Biscuit Run larger protects the rural areas of Albemarle.
“Growth should be concentrated in the development areas to try to protect the rural areas, but we've also heard it is large and it is about twice what they could do by right,” said Craddock.
If residents didn't get a chance to voice all of their concerns or ask all of their questions, the planning commission handed out questionnaires asking people to write it all down.
The next step in the development is the approval of rezoning by the Board of Supervisors.