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Crozet is an unincorporated town located in western Albemarle County and one of the county's designated growth areas.



Crozet is located on the I-64 corridor approximately 12 miles west of Charlottesville and 21 miles east of Staunton. It is contiguous with a designated growth area of the same name, and is in the White Hall Magisterial District. Crozet encompasses approximately 2,883 acres or 4.5 square miles[1]. The development area is almost entirely within the Lickinghole Creek watershed, one reason why rhe boundaries are drawn the way they are[1].


2010 5,560
2009 (est.) 5,336[2]
2000 2,820[2]

The 2010 census recorded a population of 5,560. [3]

As of March 2010, Crozet had 2,192 dwellings[4]. The development area is almost entirely within the Lickinghole Creek watershed, one reason why rhe boundaries are drawn the way they are[1] with another 2,834 approved and ready to be constructed. Many people who live in Crozet commute to Charlottesville, making it somewhat of a bedroom community[4].


Founded as "Wayland's Crossing", Crozet was renamed in 1870 in honor of Colonel Claudius Crozet, the French-born civil engineer who directed the construction of the Blue Ridge Tunnel. The community's economic base was largely agricultural in its early history, leading to the founding of food processing facilities.

In 1922, a group of Crozet residents organized a pledge to restrict drivers to slow speeds through the recently paved roads. [5]

In April 1948, the Crozet Volunteer Fire Department installed streetlights as a way to improve nighttime driving conditions. [6]

In March 1962, members of the Crozet Lions Club asked the Board of Supervisors for more police protection due to a series of robberies. [7]

Crozet was first designated as a designated growth area with the 1971 revision of the county's comprehensive plan[1].

Major employers


Crozet gets municipal water from the Beaver Creek Reservoir, which is maintained by the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority[4]. Water is treated at the Crozet Water Treatment Plant which is permitted and capable of producing 1 million gallons of water a day (MGD). The RWSA is required to begin planning as soon as the plant reaches 80% of capacity. Currently, water demand in Crozet averages .4 MGD.

Wastewater is transported to the Moores Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant via the Crozet Interceptor.

Fire & Rescue

Fire suppression services are provided by the Crozet Volunteer Fire Department[4], a company that also serves White Hall, Batesville, Afton Mountain and Ivy.


A new $5.8 million library opened on September 4, 2013. [8]

Construction had been delayed due to a lack of funding, prompting the formation of a campaign to push the Board of Supervisors to make it a priority. [9]

A preliminary design has been approved. [10].

Stormwater management

The county is currently constructing a $1.2 million stormwater management system for Crozet that is designed in part to encourage development downtown. [11] Construction will be completed in May 2012.


Crozet public school students attend either Brownsville Elementary School or Crozet Elementary School}, then move on to Henley Middle School and Western Albemarle High School.

The private schools Field School and the Miller School are located in Crozet.

Master Plan

Main article: Crozet Master Plan

Albemarle County considers Crozet a "community", which means it expects growth to be more urban in character[1]. The designated growth area is guided by the Crozet Master Plan. First adopted in 2004, the a revised plan was adopted in 2010.


Several online and print publications exist that are exclusively focused on Crozet:


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Web. Crozet Master Plan, Chapter 1, October 13, 2010, retrieved October 18, 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Current Crozet population #." Message to Brian A. Wheeler from Lee P. Catlin, Albemarle County Community Relations Manager. 23 July 2009. E-mail.
  3. Web. Redistricting Plan Expands Samuel Miller District, Mike Marshall, Crozet Gazette, Crozet Gazette, April 8, 2011, retrieved October 31, 2011.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Web. Crozet Master Plan, Chapter 3, October 13, 2010, retrieved October 18, 2010.
  5. Web. Crozet Citizes Put Ban on Auto Speeding, Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, August 9, 1922, retrieved August 9, 2016 from University of Virginia Library. Print. August 9, 1922 page 1.
  6. Web. Crozet Firemen Erect Twelve Street Lights, Plan 30 More, Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, April 8, 1948, retrieved January 8, 2017 from University of Virginia Library.
  7. Web. Crozet Asks Albemarle Board For More Police Protection, Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, March 15, 1962, retrieved June 10, 2017 from University of Virginia Library. Print. March 15, 1962 page 21.
  8. Web. New Crozet library opens, Aaron Richardson, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, September 4, 2013, retrieved September 5, 2013.
  9. Web. Why Build Crozet Library, retrieved October 31, 2011.
  10. Glendening, Julia. "Supervisors approve preliminary design of Crozet Library." Weblog post. Charlottesville Tomorrow News Center. Charlottesville Tomorrow, 3 June 2009. Web. 24 June 2009. <>
  11. Web. Construction Underway on Downtown Crozet Stormwater Project, County of Albemarle, October 31, 2011, retrieved October 31, 2011.

External links

Crozet on wikipedia

Charlottesville Tomorrow's News Center