Albemarle PC Eyes New Development

By: Michael Gorsegner Email
By: Michael Gorsegner Email

March 13, 2007

It is a development proposal that has been ongoing for six years and the public got to weigh in on the issue before Albemarle County's Planning Commission.

Rivanna Village is a 93 acre development that would sit just yards from the Glenmore gated community and several rural residencies. It's a proposal that some say could stunt their quiet way of life.

"We bought our property years ago because we wanted to be in the country with the peace and the quiet that this area afforded," said Carol Milks.

Carol Milks and her husband have enjoyed the quiet living of their small subdivision for over 25 years. But now the proposed Rivanna Village development could change some that serenity.

"We're now being forced to be a part of a dense village that we did not ask for and we do not want," she said.

The proposal could bring over 500 new homes, 125,000 square feet of retail space and an 18 acre park to an area that falls between Route 250 and the gates of the Glenmore Community. It's a project the developer believes fits the County's plan for that area.

"I believe that this plan represents that vision. It represents the balance of those objectives out through there," said Don Franco of KG Associates.

But many residents say the plan for that entire area hardly exists.

"On the broad, long term planning relating to the Village of Rivanna, it's totally dysfunctional," said Neil Means.

And while the plan may be fuzzy, other residents say the developer needs to pay more so they don't lose their quality of life.

"A million five over ten years. That is not going to do much for the roads. It may help this or help that, maybe build a driveway or something. It can really help the schools," said Paul Accord.

"We would like to see a cash proffer to the East Rivanna Fire Department for the training and qualification of three advance medical technicians," said Dennis Odinov.

After consideration, the Planning Commission approved the project in a 5 to 1 vote. Commissioner Marcia Joseph was the only opposing view. The project will now move forward to the Board of Supervisors.

The Board of Supervisors has a public hearing scheduled on the matter on April 11.

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