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After delay in mailing, Crozet community survey underway ⋅ Charlottesville Tomorrow

After a delay in the mailing of a survey to gauge the Crozet community’s thoughts on growth and development, both the public and a scientific sample of households are being invited to submit their responses by Aug. 20.

The Crozet Community Association originally expected the survey to go live in May, but ultimately had to delay its opening until June. A random sample of 3,000 households — 2,000 in the Crozet growth area and 1,000 in Census blocks that touch Crozet — were mailed invitations to complete the survey as part of a scientific sample. A separate survey with the same questions was then opened for the general public.

“It also took us longer to [mail] the initial letters than we hoped,” CCA President Tim Tolson said. “The process took several weeks longer than the mail firm we used said it would, or that we understood they said it would.”

A committee — which included members of numerous civic groups, including the CCA, the Crozet Board of Trade and the Downtown Crozet Initiative — worked to develop the survey over the course of several months.

Tolson said the committee also consulted with the University of Virginia’s Center for Survey Research in selecting the random sample.

Survey organizers said they hope the data gathered from both the public and scientific sample will inform a future update of the Crozet Master Plan.

The master plan provides guidance for future development in the 4.6-square-mile growth area, located in western Albemarle County. The plan was first adopted in 2004 and updated in 2010. A similar survey effort was undertaken in 2009, although it did not include a scientific sample.

Although the plan is supposed to be reviewed every five years, this process has been delayed as the county works on other projects. Additionally, other growth areas in the county have master plans awaiting updates. The Pantops Master Plan was adopted in 2008 and has not been revised…

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