Crozet Concerns

By: Philip Stewart
By: Philip Stewart

January 12, 2006

A new development has some local residents questioning growth in the area.

Tonight the fire hall in Crozet was packed with local residents ready to talk about population growth and land use.

Figures came out recently estimating the town could grow to more than 20,000 residents in the next two decades if all of the land is developed.

Area officials explained that the numbers are not realistic and growth of that proportion is unlikely.

Right now Crozet is home to about 3,600 people, and the growth figures alarmed some.

Tonight those residents made it clear they like their home the way it is.

"How many people here would like to see Crozet grow to half the size of Charlottesville," one area resident sarcastically asked the crowd. "Thank you," was his response when no one in the hall raised a hand.

One gentleman who lives in Crozet said that another problem facing the town is a lack of infrastructure. He says they just don't have enough roads to support major growth.

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