Albemarle County Approves Biscuit Run Development

By: Hailey Frances Email
By: Hailey Frances Email

September 13, 2007

After two years of debate and just after 1 a.m. in the morning the future of the master planned community, Biscuit Run, was finally decided.

"It's about ten after one in the morning, we had a very long night. We approved the Biscuit Run development after about a two year process" said Dennis Rooker, Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.

Spanning hundreds of acres the community will have over three thousand homes, shopping centers, and businesses. But it hasn't come without controversy.

"It is a massive development it's going to change the character of the county and Charlottesville" said John Cruicshank, an opponent to Biscuit Run.

Teams of people devoted to preserving the land have showed up at almost every meeting discussing the project and was no exception.

"Its gonna have a devastating environmental impact, it's gonna have huge traffic implications for the city of Charlottesville" said Jennifer Connor, who opposed the board's decision.

"It's a dance with the developers and the money and the board of supervisors and it's all scripted and I'm tired" said Bruce Hlavin, another opponent of Biscuit Run.

After the six hour long county meeting, nearly an hour of which was public comment for and against Biscuit Run, the vote was unanimous.

"A lot of what we're talking about going forward from the counties' perspective and citizens' perspective is making certain that what has been promised and what has been proferred is delivered" said Rooker.

And it could be delivered fast. Homes could be popping up in the planned community as soon as next year.

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