Burnet Commons

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Burnet Commons is a 35-unit residential community located off of Elliot Avenue built in 2003 and 2004 by Southern Development. [1]


The neighborhood was built atop an old landfill and a plant nursery. [1]

Second phase


A second phase of development began to planned in 2011. Southern Development obtained a rezoning from residential to planned unit development in order to construct a 35-unit neighborhood. [2]

As part of the development, Southern Development will designate at least seven units as "affordable", meaning their deeds will be restricted to citizens who only make 80% of the average median income. This restriction will last for 30 years. Habitat for Humanity will build other units as part of the project.

Third phase - Burnet Commons III

This is being developed on Elliot Avenue with Habitat for Humanity with a total of 50 homes. [3] [4] When completed, the new phase will include 18 Habitat homes and 32 built by Southern Development. It is now known as Burnet Commons III: The Park. [5]

The first families moved into the development at the end of 2015. [6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Web. Burnet Commons, developer's website, Southern Development, retrieved September 1, 2011.
  2. Web. Burnet Commons Phase 2, Willy Thompson, Neighborhood Planner, City of Charlottesville, Page 68, December 5, 2011, retrieved December 5, 2011.
  3. Web. Council set to adopt SIA action plan, Chris Suarez, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, April 3, 2016, retrieved January 2, 2017.
  4. Web. Work starts at new Elliott Avenue mixed-income neighborhood, Habitat for Humanity, March 31, 2014, retrieved February 28, 2014.
  5. Web. Families Moving into Habitat Homes, News Staff, Charlottesville Newsplex, December 17, 2015, retrieved December 19, 2015.
  6. Web. City housing effort seeks 'tight-knit community' of diverse homes, Dean Seal, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, December 25, 2015, retrieved December 28, 2015.