COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
Western Park Master Plan Update
Status Report on Western Park Master Plan Process and Preliminary Concept Plan
Messrs. Tucker, Elliott, Davis, Mullaney
LEGAL REVIEW: Yes
June 4, 2008
ACTION: INFORMATION: X
Western Park is a 35.8 acre property proffered during the Old Trail rezoning process. An additional proffer included funding in the amount of $50,000.00 for the development of a park master plan. The master plan funding included a condition that the master plan be completed within two years of the receipt of funds by the County. The County received this funding in September 2006.
Goal 1: Enhance the Quality of Life for all Citizens.
Goal 2: Develop Policies and Infrastructure Improvements to Address the County’s Growing Needs.
The County has retained Rieley and Associates to develop the master plan for Western Park. The master plan process is being guided by a committee of Crozet area residents and County staff. The committee includes representatives of the Crozet Community Advisory Council, the Crozet Community Association, the Crozet Park Board and Old Trail Development. The Committee began meeting in February and the first general public meeting was held in late March at Western Albemarle High School for the purpose of describing the site and to begin receiving public input on the desired development features of the park. In late April, County staff and the project consultants met with Western Albemarle Leadership Class students over a three-day period, including a site visit, to receive input on the park. In early May, a presentation was made to the Crozet Community Association and to date numerous comments have been received through the Western Park project page on the County’s website. From the site analysis and comments received to date, the consultants have developed a preliminary concept plan which will be presented to the Master Plan Committee, Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors in late May and early June for information and comment. The preliminary concept plan will then be presented throughout the Crozet community at various focus groups and will be presented to the Crozet Community Advisory Council on June 19 and the Crozet Park Board on July 2. The preliminary concept plan will also be presented at a general public meeting in Crozet on a date to be determined. It is anticipated that the final Western Park Master Plan will be completed by the end of August.
The Western Park Master Plan is being funded by a proffer from the Old Trail rezoning. County funding for park construction is not available until July 1, 2010 in the current approved CIP.
This status report and preliminary concept plan is being presented for information and comment only. No action is required by the Board at this time.
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