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Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Calling all Charlottesville 10th & Page residents! The company that built Dairy Market is planning a major expansion into the lots to the southeast of the new commercial space, where Twice is Nice and Fifth Season Garden now exist.

An aerial view of a commercial lot with an architectural rendering on top. The logo "Stony Point Development Group" and the text "Draft Conceptual Plan — Option 2" are at the top.
Credit: Courtesy of Stony Point Development Group

Dairy Market’s developer will hold community meeting Tuesday night about proposed expansion

If any of you want to hear from the developer directly — tonight is your chance! Stony Point Development Group is holding a community meeting at the Old Trinity Church (which the developer also owns) on the corner of 10th Street and Grady Avenue from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25.

Charlottesville requires developers to hold community meetings before they can apply for a permit with the city — so this is part of Stony Point’s application process. The city required the developer to send a letter notifying residents of the meeting to any property owners within 500 feet of the proposed new development. But, from what I can tell, the meeting has not been advertised to the broader 10th & Page neighborhood. So if you know folks there who might be interested, spread the word!

A herd of goats stands behind a fence in a green area that has been almost entirely cleared of all leaves between trees.
Courtesy of Goat Busters

On Monday, a herd of 42 goats is coming to Booker T. Washington Park. The city hired this herd to clear out the invasive plants growing in the steep, wooded area just behind the pool. They’ll be there for about a week, contained by a temporary electric fence — don’t touch it!

Goat Busters is the company renting the goats to Charlottesville. They’ve been doing this type of work since 2008. Jace Goodling, the company’s owner, borrowed the idea from similar companies in California, where government and private agencies use massive herds of goats to clear brush as wildfire prevention, he told Charlottesville Tomorrow.

The idea here is to clear invasive plants.

“The goats, being lightweight, cloven hoofed animals, as much as they eat they also poop,” Goodling said. That poop is pure fertilizer, he added. The hope is that the goats will eat down the invasive plants, fertilize the soil, and give native plants a fighting chance in the area.

This is the first area Goat Busters will be working in Charlottesville. The city is considering using the herd in other locations, but officials haven’t finalized any plans.

On that note, I hope you have a great week!

Jessie Higgins, managing editor

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