December 19, 2006
With up to 3,100 homes possible in the Biscuit Run development, thousand of cars will hit Charlottesville streets causing concern among many in the area.
"As you make decisions for our community, please remember how deeply they affect our lives," one resident pleaded.
Simply talking about the affects of the proposed Biscuit Run development brought one woman to tears. Tonight's informational session had one focus, traffic.
"We currently have problems with some drivers who are using the City residential street as a high speed cut through, ignoring the 25 mile per hour speed limit," said Fry's Spring Neighborhood resident Jeanne Chase.
Several residents from Charlottesville's Fry's Spring Neighborhood came out in force, saying they already see the affects of cut through traffic and more would simply destroy their neighborhood.
"While all of this development may fit into the County's comprehensive plan, we in the Fry's Spring Neighborhood will ultimately pay the price," said Peter Hedlund.
"This is better than how we have seen land developed over the last 20 years," said Steve Blaine.
The developer has offered the County several infrastructure improvements including widening Route 20 to four lanes. All improvements they say will only help the community.
"If we give them an opportunity to change their habits and go on a widened four lane connection, that should be sufficient," Blaine said.
For some it is more about the change of living than the change to traffic patterns.
"We have brought upon our pastoral land the destructive power of chain saws and bulldozers. We continue to destroy that which brought us here," said David Horowitz.
This plan is still in its infancy. It will next be before the Planning Commission for a work session on January 16 to discuss proffers other than the transportation ones.
There are also several more public hearings and forums set for next year.