Another 157 additional homes and commercial properties could come to Crozet as part of a development project off Route 240 and Park Ridge Drive.
Vito Cetta, the developer and architect of the project, is requesting a rezoning of approximately 12.2 acres from the County’s Rural Area Zoning District and 5.32 acres from the Light Industrial Zoning District to the Neighborhood Model District. to build a development called Montclair.
An initial proposal for the property, called White Gate Village, was submitted in 2020 for up to 125 homes, but was later withdrawn.
The proposal would allow a minimum of 58 homes and a maximum of 157 homes under rezoning, a maximum gross housing density of approximately nine units per acre, and a maximum density of 12 units per acre.
Cetta said the development is proposed for a mix of townhouses, townhouses and villa-style apartments. He said villas would cost between $550,000 and $725,000 and most townhouses would cost between $425,000 and $550,000.
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With the county’s affordable housing policy, 15% of homes, or a maximum of 24 homes, should be affordable to those earning 80% of the area’s median income. The current AMI is $93,700 for a family of four.
However, Cetta said a total of 77 homes in the proposal would be available at rents or sale prices that would be considered affordable by current county standards, a price of $243,750 for an affordable home in to sell. He showed a rendering of a building that had the footprint of a townhouse row but had 12 houses inside, with two 3-bedroom townhouses, four one-bedroom energy-efficient apartments bedroom and six 2 bedroom apartments.
Montclair also reportedly has nine to 12 townhouses built by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville, Cetta said.
At a community meeting held during the Crozet Community Advisory Committee meeting last week, Crozet residents questioned the length of a creek on the property, as well as the number of proposed homes and how it would affect current residents, traffic and school capacity.
“As a resident who lives in this general area, I have a lot of concerns about this,” said committee member Marc McKenney. “Just because we can pack a dozen houses in one area doesn’t mean we should actually do it.”
The future land use plan of the Crozet master plan, which is part of the departmental overall plan, presents the territory in medium density housing, neighborhood density housing and greenways.
Medium Density Residences recommend six to 12 units per acre, with up to 18 units per acre to accommodate additional affordable housing, while Neighborhood Density Residences recommend a density of three to six units per acre.
The comprehensive plan is the county’s guiding document for its long-term vision for land use and resource protection, and includes master plans for designated development areas in the county.
After a nearly two-year process, the Crozet Master Plan was updated in October and future medium-density residential land use was added to the plan. Some community members took issue with the new addition of Medium Density, which is not currently in other blueprints, but will likely be added when they are updated.
During the process of updating the master plan, the Montclair property changed from the future land use designation of all green space to residential, which most members of the advisory committee did not support.
Public hearings before the planning commission and the supervisory board have not yet been scheduled.
County staff have yet to comment on the proposal to the proponent. The rezoning will have to be approved by the Supervisory Board for it to be built.