Crozet Master Plan

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The Crozet Master Plan guides the future development of the Crozet designated growth area.

An updated version of the plan was adopted by the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors on a 5-1 vote on October 13, 2021. [1] [2]

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Crozet is and will continue to be a small town with a “small town feel.” It will have distinct neighborhoods, a historic downtown area, and industries that support the county, state and nation. Downtown will be a vibrant place with a library, employment area, shops and housing. Parks and open space will be key features of the community. Trails and greenways will link other important centers to provide ways for people to walk and bicycle throughout the community.[3]

Guiding Principles

  1. Existing neighborhoods and the Downtown area will be preserved; new or infill development will be appropriate in scale and type to these existing growth patterns.
  2. Multiple transportation options and multimodal infrastructure will be provided to support access throughout the community. Pedestrian and bicycle options should be provided for as alternative transportation choices.
  3. The housing stock in Crozet should continue to provide choices in affordability and building types, as it attracts people from many social and economic backgrounds.
  4. Locally grown businesses are supported for their contributions in providing both jobs and an enhanced quality of life for residents.
  5. Crozet values and will protect its natural resource assets through a variety of cultivation, recreation, and conservation efforts.
  6. Crozet will continue to encourage a sense of community through its history, diverse activities, institutions, and interests.
  7. Community facilities and services must accommodate the changing needs of the community as it grows over time.

Adoption and revision

Original adoption

The plan was adopted on December 1, 2004, as the result of a two-year process involving the community, staff and other stakeholders. Implementation is overseen by the Crozet Community Advisory Council.[3] [4]

2010 update

A five-year revision was adopted on October 13, 2010. The revision process began in 2009, when planners held five community forums to consider changes. Then, the Crozet Community Advisory Council recommended changes to the Albemarle Planning Commission. The commission held work sessions and a public hearing to review the proposals. Finally, the Albemarle Board of Supervisors adopted the updated plan. [3]

One item of concern is whether the downtown area will be vibrant enough as a downtown area to compete with other centers. This image depicts the potential of a pedestrian mall where the Barnes lumber yard currently stands


Yancey Mills Expansion

One of the most controversial items discussed was a comprehensive plan amendment to bring 184 acres in Yancey Mills and owned by the Yancey family into the designated growth area, to accommodate a proposed business park.[5] At a public forum on January 28, 2010, citizens and members of the Crozet Community Advisory Council were mostly critical of the planned expansion.[6]

Population projections

The population of Crozet was estimated to be 5,501 in 2010. [3] The master plan projects that there will be up to 12,000 Crozet residents in 2030, but land use designations on the master plan map implied that there could be as many as 24,760 residents. Mike Marshall, chair of the Crozet Community Advisory Council and editor-publisher of the Crozet Gazette, said that measures should be taken to prevent such rapid growth.[7] In June 2009, seven hundred people filled out a survey conducted by the Crozet Community Advisory Council. One of the top concerns expressed by respondents was population growth. They wanted to see population limits included in the 2010 master plan update, as well as protections for existing neighborhoods.[8]

Current Revision

The Crozet Master Plan was supposed to be updated in 2015, but the revision was delayed due to limited county resources available to undertake the process. In March 2016, the committee passed a resolution requesting information on the current population of Crozet. [9]

At the July 20, 2016 Crozet Community Advisory Committee meeting, committee chair David Stoner said it may be a few years before county staff would be able to undertake a revision process. At the same meeting, some community members expressed interest in starting the revision process with a community survey and public meetings sponsored by Crozet's civic organizations, including the Crozet Community Association and the Crozet Board of Trade.[10]

2019 review begins

County staff turned their attention to the plan with a series of individual chapter reviews with the Crozet Community Advisory Committee beginning with a look at the transportation chapter on March 13, 2019, with a parks and green systems review on April 10, 2019. The future land use chapter was discussed on May 8, 2019.



Transportation elements


  1. Web. Albemarle board approves Crozet Master Plan, Allison Wrabel, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, October 13, 2023, retrieved October 14, 2023.
  2. Web. Commissioners ready for more specifics in Crozet plan update, Allison Wrabel, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, November 19, 2019, retrieved November 20, 2019. Print. November 20, 2019 page A1.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Web. Community Development: Crozet Master Plan Home, County of Albemarle, October 13, 2020, retrieved August 28, 2020.
  4. Web. County of Albemarle, Albemarle County Board of Supervisors Minutes, Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, Albemarle County, December 1, 2004, retrieved September 3, 2020.
  5. Web. Supervisors vote to include Yancey Mills proposal as part of Crozet Master Plan review, Tubbs, Sean, Charlottesville Tomorow News Center, Charlottesville Tomorrow, 4 Dec. 2008, retrieved 10 Sept. 2009.
  6. Web. Crozet residents question Yancey plan, Sean Tubbs, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, January 29, 2010 Also available at the Charlottesville Tomorrow News Center.
  7. Web. [1], Erika Howshare, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications, 6 Oct 2009, retrieved 9 July 2013.
  8. Web. Population Concern Tops Survey Results, Editor, Crozet Gazette, Crozet Gazette, 6 Aug 2009, retrieved 9 July 2013.
  9. Web. CCAC Asks for Data on Current Population and Build Out, Staff reports, News Article, Crozet Gazette, April 8, 2016, retrieved January 2, 2017.
  10. Web. Crozet community prepares to ‘fight hard’ for updated master plan, Tim Dodson, Charlottesville Tomorrow, 23 July 2016, retrieved 26 July 2016.
  11. Web. Crozet-area residents give feedback as part of Master Plan update, Allison Wrabel, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, January 13, 2020, retrieved January 15, 2020. Print. January 13, 2020 page A1.
  12. Web. Property owners object to possible Master Plan changes in Crozet, Allison Wrabel, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, May 26, 2021, retrieved June 27, 2021.
  13. Web. Planning Commission Sends Crozet Master Plan Forward, Lisa Martin, Crozet Gazette, Crozet Gazette, October 8, 2021, retrieved October 8, 2021. Print. October 8, 2021 .

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