Biscuit Run headed to Planners
The gigantic development headed for the farm best known as "Biscuit Run" is headed to the Albemarle Planning Commission on March 7. The work session will explore whether developer Hunter Craig– who recently paid $46.2 million for the 1,365-acre tract on Old Lynchburg Road south ofof the Charlottesville City limits can build what he wants.
Craig seeks approval for a residential and commercial development on approximately 920 of those acres. Currently on the table, according to County staff, is a maximum of 4970 dwelling units in single-family detached homes, townhouses, and apartments– as well as retail commercial and office uses. Also proposed: a new public school and a park.
While local artists David and Elizabeth Breeden have been the local face of the lands, also known as Forest Lodge Trust, they're among nearly 30 heirs who will divvy up the proceeds. The development would be called "Fox Ridge."
Controversy has already erupted over the fact that parts of the land has been paying farm-level taxes (i.e. a tiny fraction of developable value) since as far back as 1975.
The County meeting happens at 6pm on Room A of the County Office Building. Additional Work Sessions are tentatively scheduled for March 21, April 18, and May 9 in Room 241.