Survey Results are in. Read what Crozet resident had to "say" about the growth and changes.
1. Welcoming Committee
You don’t have to enlist the help of a formal welcoming committee, but it’s simple and easy to make a new family feel welcomed to the neighborhood. Stop by to introduce yourself and your family (and even your pets!) and consider exchanging phone numbers (or email addresses). Bring a small dish or bouquet of fresh flowers to make their likely-bare new home feel lived in. Ask the new family if they would like recommendations for utilities providers, doctors, dentists, vet’s office or anywhere else. If you are willing and able, offer to host a dinner/cookout once they are settled so they can meet with other neighbors.
2. Maintain Curb Appeal
No one wants to have the house that drags down the value of all other homes on the street. Be conscientious of maintaining your lawn and landscaping, at least to the same level as the rest of the neighborhood. This includes mowing the lawn, trimming bushes and trees, keeping clutter at bay (or at least not visible to neighbors), and correcting any home maintenance or safety issues that are especially visible. You’ll appreciate a well-manicured lawn and tidy home appearance from your neighbors as well!
3. Respectful of Outdoor Noise
Chances are, you checked out many neighborhoods before settling on the home you are moving into. You should have a good idea of the demographics/backgrounds of the types of people who live in your new neighborhood. Make sure that you maintain respect when hosting gatherings or parties, whether it be during the daytime or in the evening. Ask guests to park in your driveway or in front of your house so as not to block neighbors parking. Try to keep noise to a minimum when a party lasts late into the evening. And, when possible, just invite the neighbors to attend!
4. Go the extra Mile
Does your neighborhood have an HOA? Do you own pets? Make sure you know and follow any HOA rules that apply to your community. Be responsible with your pets, ensuring that you clean up after them and follow any/all leash laws in your city. If you have an issue with a neighbor, try to first discuss it with that person. Don’t be the neighborhood gossip. Respect your neighbor’s property and their belongings. Lend a helping hand when you can.
From early spring to late fall, Wildrock welcomes the public on Wednesday and Saturday by reservation to enjoy a one-of-a-kind local nature and wildlife experience. The entry fee is "pay what you can” and guests are invited to walk the discovery trail with a self-guided "trail adventure" back pack, explore whimsical and imaginative play zones on the playscape, enjoy Easy Camping Overnights, or sign-up for specialty classes or day treks into the Blue Ridge foothills. This is an experience your kids will never forget!
Think fresh, crisp apples picked straight from the orchard. Think juicy, sweet peaches at their prime ripeness alongside peach butter and peach preserves. Visit Chiles Peach Orchard and experience the joy of farming while indulging in the freshest, locally-grown produce. Pick your own fruit, shop in the orchard shop and bring home local goods for the whole family to enjoy.
Looking for something fun to outdoors on a Sunday? King Family Vineyards hosts polo matches on Sundays between Memorial Day Weekend and mid-October. Matches last 2 hours and there is plenty of fun to be had for the whole family! Kids are invited onto the field between matches to stomp divets, staff drive around in golf carts with bottles of wine available for purchase, and patrons can park wherever they like around the polo field while bringing all their favorite creature comforts. It’s fun to be had for all!
Open all year round, Mint Springs Valley Park features 520 acres where you can enjoy trails fishing, boating and numerous playgrounds. Pack a lunch and utilize the picnic tables, grills and shelters throughout the park. If you are looking to simply explore the beauty that is Crozet, this would be an excellent place for your whole family to spend a day!
In the mood for some casual pizza? Crozet Pizza is well known around the central Virginia area. It opened in 1977 when the Crum family renovated an old building that had been unoccupied for years. For the thirty-one years that Bob and Karen Crum operated the family-run business, they hand made every single pizza. Their daughter now runs the historical restaurant and guarantees fun, a history lesson, and the best pizza you’ll find in Crozet!
Last, but certainly not least, is the abundance of local vineyards and breweries that pepper the beautiful county around Crozet. Starr Hill Brewery and Pro Re Nata Farm Brewery feature family friendly events year round. Stinson Vineyards, Grace Estate Winery and White Hall Vineyards boast incredible views, a beautiful atmosphere (inside and outside) and plenty of local history and wines to enoy.
Photo Credit: Christina Snow, Crozet, Va/Wildrock
As the DCI and the Crozet Community Association work towards the fulfillment of the Crozet Master plan, there are routine meetings and events where anyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. While the future of Crozet does have a plan, plans evolve, and both the meetings, emails and social pages are meant to keep your informed.
Reasons why you should engage with the future of Crozet
1. Have a say in the Crozet Master Plan for the Barnes Lumber site: To date there is a planned Crozet Plaza for the old Barnes Lumber site. The space is intended to serve as a place for locals to gather and enjoy fairs, concerts, farmers markets, or simply just time with friends/neighbors. Attending the meetings where ideas and information about this site are on the agenda, allows you to weigh in and share your insight on behalf of the Crozet community.
2. Get to know other peers: Crozet is full of so many amazing people. Attending the meetings and engaging with other Crozet locals is a great way to network and socialize. We encourage socializing, hence the Crozet Community Plaza! Meeting other that share in your vision, or even those that don’t is valuable. Whether you have a healthy debate or make a new friend, one thing you all may have in common, is your love for Crozet.
The DCI and CCA work to ensure all T’s are crossed and I’s are dotted. They want to embrace the culture of Crozet, while overseeing and standing behind the future growth. If you live in Crozet, or care about the town for any other reason, besides being a current resident, we invite you to stay connected. We want to know your thoughts, opinions and what you would like to see (or not see) as the town blossoms.
Describing Crozet can only go so far with words. Images of the area, the personalities that live in Crozet and the strong community is evident in these pictures. When asking social media followers to share their images of Crozet, whether it meant of their family, friends, fur babies, landscape or favorite food; images started to roll in! These pictures don't just tell the story of Crozet, it tells the story of those that love living in this small, but thriving, Virginia town. From days spent at the baseball field, playing in a local park, eating local, or embracing in an amazing landscape, here's a little Crozet story. . . enjoy!
Our Crozet in Pictures by Slidely Slideshow
The Benefits of Small Town Growth
Since the late 90’s and early 2000’s, Crozet has come to be a choice location for families in Albemarle County. With the area wineries, festivals, amazing restaurants, boutiques and family day outings around local farms and playgrounds, it is no surprise that the area has attracted more residential growth than any other area of the County. As the community continues to grow, many feel anxiety over the impacts of growth and fear losing the small town charm. While unmanaged growth can be detrimental, managed growth can provide meaningful benefits for the whole community:
Economic Benefits: As Crozet grows and adds more places in which a business can operate, there will naturally be an increase in tax revenue for the County. These dollars can then be allocated for schools, services, maintenance and capital improvements. Here’s an interesting fact about Crozet: Growth has been largely upper income families. Median household income in Crozet went from being among the lowest in the County to the highest (over $80K per year). This creates economic opportunity because people have disposable income to spend. From a tax perspective, higher incomes mean higher value homes, more tax revenue to fund additional services and school growth.
More specialty restaurants, shops and service providers are in demand for the area. Peidmont Place, opening in late 2016 has been fully leased since opening and businesses are thriving. In a fairly recent DCI Facebook post, we asked our page followers about this very topic. From that post, it was insightful to learn that there were several people that suggested Crozet needed a new bakery (with donuts), a dog grooming facility, a work space, and even drive thru coffee! Having more business, means more jobs and more demand for products and services.
Social benefits: Growth can help improve the educational opportunities for all residents. Growth can bring good restaurants, breweries, wineries, and cultural events.
Cultural Benefits: Crozet has attracted talented people with big ideas and refined cultural tastes. They create vitality and enrich lives through creative expression. Crozet is now home to more than 130 artisans! It has its own orchestra, a ballet school, a chorus and a theatre group.
Recreational Benefits: Crozet has always been attractive for outdoor recreation and growth has fueled the creation of new recreational venues and opportunities. The expansion of Claudius Crozet Park, a new park in Old trail, the Patricia Ann Byrom Forest Preservation park in Whitehall, preservation of the Crozet Tunnel as a tourist attraction, Polo at King Family Vineyard, Wild Rock Childrens’ nature play park are expanding an already rich outdoor culture in Crozet.
Growth is now helping support new development in downtown, an area that’s been largely left behind during Crozet’s growth boom. Milestone Partners development plans for downtown will bring new businesses, new jobs, new retail, hotel and restaurant opportunities. Perrone Robotics has already moved into downtown and brought 17 new jobs that could grow to more than 100 in the next few years. Plans for a civic plaza will solidify downtown as the the heart and soul of Crozet. The plaza will be a pedestrian focused place for socializing, entertainment, dining, and relaxing. Residents can create new relationships and perhaps start new family traditions. Many towns in Virginia are struggling to survive and would do anything to attract the kind of growth that Crozet is experiencing. The reality is that Crozet has much to be thankful for and thoughtful growth is one of them.
Did you miss the chance to review the Crozet plaza design concepts at the event? No worries. We've included them here! Which one is your favorite? What aspects of each do you like/dislike? We welcome any and all feedback. You can leave a comment or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Join us for the Design & Dine Event!
Thursday, Dec. 8
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm Open House
Come give input on the future Crozet community plaza! Join us to view and share your thoughts on three (3) conceptual plaza designs. Water features? Outdoor seating? Covered event spaces? We'd like to hear from you.
While you're there...
Catch a sneak peek of Piedmont Place before its official grand opening.
Enjoy free bites and brews from Smoked BBQ, Morsel Compass and Starr Hill Brewery.
Visit the Carelsen family at their new Crozet Bicycle Shop.
Adventurers and cycling enthusiasts, Cor Carelsen and his wife Louise, are taking their passion and turning it into a reality that will soon be enjoyed by many in this area. Crozet Bicycles will be opening on the former Barnes Lumber property later this Fall, aiming for a date in November. This is the first business to open its doors on the property since Milestone Partners/Crozet New Town Associates purchased it in 2014. The shop will be located in the house/small building across the parking lot and to the left of Parkway Pharmacy.
Crozet Bicycles will carry a variety of bikes ranging from high-end mountain bikes to kids bicycles, although not a large inventory due to the size of the space. One thing we’re sure those in the market for a new bike will love: you’ll be able to “test drive” the bikes before you buy them. It also will sell cycling apparel and gear for the more sophisticated riders, as well as bike parts. The main focus of the business will be dedicated to maintenance and repairs, as this is where Cor’s true passion lies. The plan is to be in the current location for two years, and then see where the business grows from there.
Cor cycles every day, riding a few times a week with the Crozet Cycling Club. Moving to this area from South Africa and Botswana, Cor and Louise chose Crozet because of its proximity to the mountains and nearby rural areas. Crozet Bicycles is not their first venture together. The couple owned Limpopo Horse Safaris, horseback riding safaris through the Mashatu Game Reserve in the Tuli Block of south eastern Botswana. And, they currently own and operate Rides Around the Globe, offering mountain biking and horseback riding vacation packages to destinations around the world.
If nothing else, this family has many life and travel experiences to share. We look forward to getting to know them better and hearing some fascinating stories during our trips to Crozet Bicycles.