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The Virginia General Assembly passed legislation in early 2020 to allow county governments to impose a tax on cigarettes—as cities and towns are already allowed to do—and counties across the Commonwealth are jumping at the opportunity. The law authorizes counties to charge smokers up to 40 cents per pack, and Albemarle county officials are aiming for the tax to...
At the May 12 meeting of the Crozet Community Advisory Committee (CCAC), during what was supposed to be a wrap-up of the Crozet Master Plan’s land use chapter, county planners dropped an eleventh-hour revision into the mix. Planning manager Rachel Falkenstein explained that, in response to the Board of Supervisors’ concerns about insufficient affordable housing and development potential in...
Several members of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors took issue with the manner in which the Crozet Community Advisory Committee (CCAC) recently provided feedback to county planners about land use issues in the Crozet Master Plan. During an April 7 work session designed to update Supervisors on the plan’s progress, Supervisors Diantha McKeel and (Chair) Ned Gallaway cast...
Albemarle county schools superintendent Matt Haas announced on April 19 that public schools will reopen in the fall in stage 5, which means a return to every day, in-person instruction for grades K-12. To accommodate those families who cannot or don’t wish to attend school in-person, the division will be establishing a new “virtual school”—an official, stand-alone school unit...
At its March 24 meeting, the Nelson County Planning Commission voted in favor of adding 12 more social events per year to the dozen already permitted at Blue Ridge Farm on Rt. 151 in Afton.  The approximately 6-acre property, at the intersection of Rt. 151 and Chapel Hollow Road, is identified as Rural Residential and zoned A-1. The house was built...
Crozet Park’s plan to build a new Aquatic and Fitness Center ran into a wave of opposition before the Planning Commission at its March 23 meeting, prompting Claudius Crozet Park (CCP) Board representative Drew Holzwarth to request an indefinite deferral on the plan’s permit requests. The CCP is asking for two permissions—a Special Use Permit amendment to build the...
At a March 10 meeting that was intended to reconcile differences in the Crozet land development visions of county planners versus those of local residents, the Crozet Community Advisory Committee (CCAC) again found itself at odds with the county’s recommendations. After a more than a year of lengthy meetings in which a majority of the CCAC has rejected major...

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Up in Smokes: Albemarle County Plans New Cigarette Tax

The Virginia General Assembly passed legislation in early 2020 to allow county governments to impose a tax on cigarettes—as cities and towns are already...

County Planners Surprise CCAC with Last-Minute Change

At the May 12 meeting of the Crozet Community Advisory Committee (CCAC), during what was supposed to be a wrap-up of the Crozet Master...

How Dare We? Supervisors Frown on CCAC Votes

Several members of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors took issue with the manner in which the Crozet Community Advisory Committee (CCAC) recently provided...

County Schools Announce Plans for Summer and Fall

Albemarle county schools superintendent Matt Haas announced on April 19 that public schools will reopen in the fall in stage 5, which means a...

Nelson Planning Commission Okays More Events on Rt. 151

At its March 24 meeting, the Nelson County Planning Commission voted in favor of adding 12 more social events per year to the dozen...

Park Project Hits Roadblock at Planning Commission

Crozet Park’s plan to build a new Aquatic and Fitness Center ran into a wave of opposition before the Planning Commission at its March...

CCAC Goes One More Round in Land Use Debate

At a March 10 meeting that was intended to reconcile differences in the Crozet land development visions of county planners versus those of local...