Historic growth: BOS approves Biscuit Run

At 1 o'clock this morning, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors approved developer Hunter Craig's Biscuit Run development, the largest development in County history, which will include a minimum of 3,100 new houses on the 828-acre property along Route 20 South, plus a 400-acre County park, reports Charlottesville Tomorrow.

While many at the public hearing– which did not begin until 11 last night– called for a more extensive environmental impact study before the development was approved, and others expressed concern about increased traffic on Route 20, the BOS voted unanimously to allow rezoning of the property, a decision that was surely helped along by Craig's whopping $41.15 million proffers offer.

According to supervisor David Slutzky, Biscuit Run may be the lesser of two evils. A proponent of shutting down growth in the rural areas of the County, Slutzky sees the development as a way to steer the thousands of people moving here into designated growth areas. He also points out that Craig could have built as many as 1,400 houses on the property by-right if he had wanted to.

"Over the last 10 years there's been an average of 290 new residential units built per year in rural areas," Slutzky told the Hook today. "We've basically had a Biscuit Run built in the last decade," he says, "and in the last four years 43 percent of building permits were in the rural areas– that's a disaster!"

As Slutzky sees it, if people are going to be moving here, we might as well take control of the development to accommodate them. "I'm happy with the decision," he says. "I don't want to have the County grow so much, but the sad reality is that people are moving here, and they need a place to go."

In the end, Slutzky and his fellow supervisors decided that Biscuit Run was as good an example of the County's pedestrian-oriented "Neighborhood Model" as they could ask for.

"This will be the gold standard for the neighborhood model plan," Craig promised at the meeting.

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I don't get it - they claim to be pro-slow growth, and since he could have built 1400 units by right, that's a reason to go ahead and let him build 3400?

Make no mistake - this is ALL about tax dollars.

¢Ã¢â??¬Ã?â??I'm happy with the decision,¢Ã¢â??¬ he says. ¢Ã¢â??¬Ã?â??I don't want to have the County grow so much, but the sad reality is that people are moving here, and they need a place to go.¢Ã¢â??¬

Yeah, that's what they thought in Loudon County 15 years ago. That worked out well.... Welcome to NoVA, folks!

Never thought I'd say this, but at this rate, I think Oliver Kuttner probably has the right idea about Lynchburg.

Where's the water going to come from? We're already on mandatory conservation restrictions.

Well, some people are. I refuse to let $40,000 and $50,000 cars sit filthy while they continue to water the golf courses. Sorry.

I don't understand the reasoning behind "people moving to Charlottesville need a place to go." Aren't there already plenty of subdivisions and homes for sale? The subdivisions that already exist are still developing. I also don't understand how Albemarle could ever have approved so many homes. How hideous. So...this is the last big subdivision to be approved, right?? So what if every single person that want's to move to Albemarle can't? That is a bad thing?

I have heard that we already have enough homes approved for the next 12 to 15 years, I see this as totally unnecessary...what ever happened to 'slow growth' and a focus on revitalization as opposed to new construction??

What's really pathetic is when Mill Creek residents complain about Buscuit Run. Mill Creek is a development that was the southern frontier 15 years ago, at great detriment to traffic further north especially city residents since Avon has no I64 Interchange.

Mill Creek residents live in a development built by a developer. Mill Creek residents got their little house so we don't need more housing right?

I'll rant on...

And what about all the yap about "we need affordable housing."

Prices, yes even housing prices, are set by supply and demand. Until we quit breeding and keep birthing, housing demand will keep going up.

You want affordable prices, increase housing supply or sterilize and quit making more people. It's that simple.

Thank you to the brave developers who took the risk of making this happen. Developers really are a special, ambitious, unique breed of risk takers. They have enough money to kick back forever, yet somehow feel the need to create something.

I've always heard that Alb Co had the best politicians money could buy.

If you don't stop UVA from growing then nothing will stop the growth only slow it down a little.