May 6, 2014
The Albemarle County Planning Commission heard about plans and the public opinion on them for a new development in Albemarle County at the county office building in Charlottesville on Tuesday night.
The group considered a proposed plan for the new development Rivanna Village.
The development is next to the Glenmore development in Keswick, or off of 250 east of Charlottesville.
People who live in the area had concerns about excessive traffic on the recommended entrance and exit for construction. They also worried about environmental concerns, light pollution concerns, and and the addition of too many houses on the land.
"Packing more units into less land will result in an urban neighborhood, not a village. And it will further burden Route 250 for years to come. And it comes at the initiative of the county and conflcits with the county's own goal of it providing adequate transportation infrastructure for its citizens. We urge you to lower the density of Rivanna Village," said Albemarle County resident Neil Means during public comment.
Developers say they have made improvements.
"We're reducing the traffic compared to what it currently allowed under the 2007 approved rezoning," said Rivanna Village attorney Valerie Long in response to the public comment period.
Developers said the it will take about five to seven years to finish construction.