Thursday night, Albemarle County will hold a public meeting to set up a framework for growth in the western part of the county.
Growth is a big debate in Crozet. The county has a plan to revitalize downtown. And many Crozet residents are scared of losing the small-town charm.
Thursday night, planners hope to strike a balance.
David Wayland is on the Crozet Community Advisory Council. It's a group created to represent the voice of Crozet residents.
"We don't want to lose the charm of Crozet," Wayland says. "I think the fear that a lot of us have is redevelopment coming in and changing Crozet from being a cute village with a lot of good businesses and good healthy business structure and turning it into any other town anywhere else in the United States and we're not any other town," Wayland adds.
The county created a master plan for Crozet. It's supposed to be a guide for revitalizing downtown, but the plan did not really spell out exactly how those changes could happen.
Albemarle County Spokesperson Lee Catlin says, "We're hoping that the zoning project will allow some of those business opportunities to happen at the same time keeping that feel of Crozet that everybody feels so special about."
Wayland says, "The concerns I've heard coming a lot from the business people is that they want to be able to protect their own structures and their own businesses."
Thursday night planners will present their vision for growth. And they are looking for feedback from the community.
"It is important for people to get involved in the project, to come out and make their opinions heard. It will make some changes to downtown Crozet, we want them to be positive and we want them to be what the community wants," Catlin says.
Thursday night's meeting is the last public meeting at this phase of the plan. From here it goes to the planning commission.
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