However, in new research presented to the Board, staff explained their belief that this past projection was always intended to only cover the first 20 years of the master plan (up to year 2024). In the report, staff calculated a new maximum population for Crozet of 24,039 people. Staff also reviewed the recently approved Old Trail Village development (up to 2,200 units) to check alignment with master plan goals.
Crozet residents testified today that they considered this announcement of a new maximum population a “breach of trust” in the master planning process. Supervisors countered that Crozet, even at a future population of 24,000, would still be a smaller community than what could have been possible under the 1996 comprehensive plan, prior to master planning. Supervisors described the promise they felt was made to the community that the master plan would not lead to more population than what was previously possible.