Who is Crozet?

The Downtown Crozet Initiative is planning two events to try to answer Who is Crozet?
Below is a message from them:

As Crozet evolves, it is important to communicate a clear and distinct identity that celebrates the unique characteristics and future goals of the community. Who is Crozet? What do we want it to become?
Those are two important questions we plan to tackle in the coming months. And, we’re asking for the community’s help.

The redevelopment of downtown Crozet is moving forward. Final designs for the plaza and Phase 1 are expected to be approved by the end of this year. If this occurs, groundbreaking for the new plaza will take place in early 2020. To ensure that downtown Crozet develops in a way that preserves the assets that make it so special, we’ve hired local firm Hive Creative Group to help us define Crozet’s identity. Together, we hope to develop a strategy that acknowledges Crozet’s roots, celebrates the current community, and determines a vision for the future. This is an important step; if we don’t define who Crozet is, outsiders are going to do it for us. No one understands Crozet better than the people who live here, so we’re hoping for community support and participation!

Hive Creative Group plans to host two community brainstorm sessions as part of the first phase of this branding process. The two sessions will cover the same topics of discussion. They will be held at Restoration in the large event room. The session dates and times are as follows:

Tuesday, May 21, from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM (Sorry, this time has passed)

Thursday, May 23, from 11 AM – 1 PM

Please click the date above to RSVP (required for planning purposes).

We’re excited to get started on this process and hope we can all work together to benefit the future of Crozet!

State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grant Application

State Farm Neighborhood Assist
grant program

State Farm Neighborhood Assist® is back to help good neighbors across the U.S. take an active role in improving their communities. State Farm will once again be awarding $25,000 grants in support of 40 causes. Now’s your chance to make a real difference in your neighborhood.

Download the short guide to help you start thinking about how you would use a $25,000 grant to fund a neighborhood project involved in Education, Safety or Community Development.
Then, starting June 5, 2019, you can officially submit your cause at NeighborhoodAssist.com.

State Farm will accept 2,000 applications, and narrow it down to 200 finalists. Then a public vote will decide which 40 community causes win the $25,000 grants.

Spots fill up fast, but if you use the guide and get prepared now you won’t miss out!

Crozet Independence Day Celebration 2019

The Ninth Annual Crozet Independence Day Parade, Celebration, and Fireworks,  Saturday, June 29, 2019

It all starts with the Crozet Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD) parade at 5:00 PM at Crozet Elementary School and goes down Crozet Avenue through downtown Crozet to Claudius Crozet Park.  The Parade Grand Marshal is Phil James.

If you would like to be a part of the 2019 Crozet Fireman’s parade, please submit your entry to be in the parade  to ensure you are included in the lineup. Lineup will be based on a first come basis. Horses/livestock will be placed near or at the end of the parade. Lineup will begin at 4:00 P.M. at Crozet Elementary School and the parade ends at Claudius Crozet Park.   Awards will be presented around 7:30 P.M.

The celebration begins at Claudius Crozet Park after the parade, where there will be live music by local band Jacabone.    Bring a lawn chair if you want to be comfortable as you listen to the local band, Jacabone.     Traditional American Fourth of July fare will be available,  hot dogs,  popcorn, funnel cake, savory and sweet waffles, pies, and sno-cones, as well as vegetarian and vegan choices, tacos, and other favorites!  Starr Hill, and  Pro Re Nada Beer and Bold Rock Cider will also be available for a separate cost.  Event culminates at 9:30 PM with a stupendous fireworks show. (We have it at 9:30 PM so it’s late enough to be dark, but not too late to for the youngsters to view the show.)

There are no pets allowed in the event and we’ll provide designated smoking areas and ask that you only smoke in those areas.  If you live nearby Crozet Park, we encourage you to walk!

How much would you pay for such good times?  All that’s asked is a donation of $4 per person (children 12 and under free) as you enter to park to help pay for the fireworks and event expenses.  The non-profit civic groups in Crozet are the ones that benefit from any money raised above the cost of the event, so please be generous. In past years, we’ve donated thousands of dollars to CVFD, Crozet Park, and other civic groups.

Check out our Facebook page at: http://facebook.com/Crozet.Independence.Day.Celebration

The event is sponsored by the Crozet Volunteer Fire Department, Crozet Community Association, Claudius Crozet Park, Crozet Lions Club,  Life Journey Church, Crozet Board of Trade, and several other area churches, and citizen volunteers.

Making a Contribution

These events involve a lot of donated time from a lot of individuals, but they can’t happen without financial contributions, too. Of course, we appreciate all donations, but to boost our efforts to cover expenses, we have three leadership donor levels and we are hoping that you will show your support by becoming a lead patron this year.

  • For a gift of $500 or more, we will prominently display your company banner you provide at the entrance to the park during the event, identify your patron status in the Crozet Gazette and event handbill and provide you with ten passes to the celebration in the park.
  • For a gift of $250 to $499, you will receive acknowledgment in the Crozet Gazette and event handbill and four passes to the celebration in the park.
  • And, for a gift of $100 to $249 you will receive two passes to the celebration in the park, published thanks in the Crozet Gazette and the event handbill.

July will be here before you know it.  Won’t you join us by contributing whatever you can afford?  If being a lead patron is too much this, please send whatever you can afford.   Your contribution is tax-deductible charitable donation. Thank you!

  1. You can mail a check payable to: Crozet Board of Trade and send it to: DCA, P.O. Box 261, Crozet, VA 22932.  Please put  “CIDC donation” on the memo line.
  2. You can contribute right now, online, by clicking on this link:  Donate to CIDC through Network for Good
  3. Please put “CIDC donation” in the Designation box.
  4. Thank you for your generous support!

It takes a village – won’t you help out on Saturday, June 29 for an hour?

We need your help for just an hour or two on Saturday, June 30.  Below is the website to sign-up to help with the Crozet Independence Day Celebration (CIDC)  Saturday, June 30, between 5PM to 10PM. There are a variety of tasks and time slots. Most of the time slots are only an hour – so there’s lots of ways to help and still enjoy the event.

Coming Soon-To sign-up, please click here.

When you sign-up it will ask for your name, email and, optionally phone number.  No one else can see your email and phone.  We promise we won’t share it.  It’s helpful for us to have it if something happens and we need to let you know about a last minute change.

We urge church groups, civic and neighborhood associations to sign-up.  Crozet Trails Crew already has volunteered to staff one spot the whole evening!  Let’s see which group can have the most volunteers!

With your help, we can make this Crozet Independence Day celebration the best ever!

CCAC Meeting Agenda 8 May 2019

Wednesday, May 8 from 7:00 to 8:45 PM

Click here for PDF (printable) version of the agenda.


1.  Introductions and Agenda Review. (Allie Pesch – CCAC chair)

2.  Approval of Minutes (Draft minutes of the April meeting)

3. JAUNT Crozet Connect express shuttle service update (Brian Cohen, JAUNT Public Relations Manager – 15 min)

4.  Crozet Master Plan Content Review and Update Topics: Land Use (Andrew Knuppel – 45 min)

5.  CCAC Member Discussion: Eastern Avenue, VDOT Bridge Resolution (All – 30 min)

6.  Items Not Listed on the Agenda

7.  Announcements

8.  Future Agenda Items:

  • Rivanna Authorities – Crozet Area Update (Bill Mawyer, RWSA – June)
  • Master Plan Content Review and Update Topics (Monthly through July)

Note: CCAC now meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month

The CCAC’s role and “charter” doc’s are found here:
General CCAC infohttp://www.albemarle.org/department.asp?department=cdd&relpage=4422
CCAC Overview & Duties:  http://www.albemarle.org/upload/images/webapps/boards/bc/showrecs.asp?ID=12

CCA Meeting Agenda May 9, 2019

Crozet Community Association Meeting Agenda
May 9, 2019
7:30 PM at the Field School

(Click here for PDF version of the agenda)

Agenda Review / Changes and additions from the floor.
Approval of the CCA’s last meeting’s minutes (March 14, 2019) (Click here for PDF version of the minutes)
Treasurer’s Report  (2019 Dues: $10 annual contribution)
Albemarle County Police Department (ACPD) may visit and give an update.
(Evening Patrol Division)

A Moment in Crozet History – Phil James (Secrets of the Blue Ridge author)

Update and News from Ann Mallek, our county supervisor

Presentation:  JAUNT Crozet Connect express shuttle service update, including preliminary/tentative routes and stops.  (Brian Cohen, JAUNT Public Relations Manager)

Presentation: Crozet Master Plan update process (Andrew Knuppel, Albemarle County Neighborhood Planner)

Old Business:

New Business:

  • Good neighbor award nominations. 
  • Volunteers to help with Crozet Independence Day Celebration to be held Saturday, June 29. 
 Can be fundraiser for civic groups, for example, helping at the admission gate.

Announcements –   

  • The Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival this weekend needs volunteers. Please sign-up to help at http://crozetfestival.com/get-involved/volunteer/ You get free admission to the Festival just for donating your time!
  • Crozet Artisans’ Second Saturday, May 11. Join local artisans each Second Saturday for art events that explore, teach, demonstrate, introduce, inspire, and celebrate the wonder of art and the bounty of talented artists in our region.  Details by clicking here.
  • The last of Spring Bulky Waste Amnesty Days:  Appliances – May 11; Tires – May 18.  8:30 AM to 4PM both days. Ivy Material Utilization Center (Details: household-hazardous-waste-and-bulky-waste-amnesty-days-spring-2019/
  • Thursday, May 30: Veterans Benefits Open House at the Earlysville Fire House. 7 – 9 pm. All veterans, active duty service men and women and their families are invited to meet veteran services organizations who care for veterans. Reps will provide information about their services. Mission BBQ will provide food. For more info contact Michael Reichard at 757.753.7810
  • Crozet Community Orchestra Concert, Saturday, June 1 at 7:30 PM at the Crozet Baptist Church.  Details at: https://crozetcommunityorchestra.org/
  • Charlottesville Municipal Band, Tuesday, June 4 at 7:30 PM.  The 97th  Summer Season Concert #1 at Claudius Crozet Park.  FREE!  Details at: http://cvilleband.org/wp/event/97th-summer-season-concert-1/
  • State Farm Neighborhood Assist® helps even the smallest of causes make a big impact in their communities. The program awards $25,000 grants to 40 nonprofit organizations to help fund neighborhood projects involved in Education, Safety, and Community Development. It accepts 2,000 submissions starting June 5th . Details: https://www.neighborhoodassist.com/
  • Crozet Car Show, Saturday June 8, starting at 9:00 AM at the Claudius Crozet Park!  Details at: https://www.facebook.com/crozetcarshow

The next CCA meeting is September 12, 2019 at 7:30 PM at the Field School
Join our email list by signing up at: http://CrozetCommunity.org/contact-us/
This email list is moderated, so you cannot get spam because only approved email messages are sent out.  Volume is usually 4-6 emails a month, all related to Crozet & Western Albemarle events and concerns.

Secrets of the Blue Ridge Author Phil James Saturday, 4/13 at 1PM

WHO: Historian and author Phil James
WHAT:  A fascinating, free public lecture with seldom-seen historic photos of Crozet and Western Albemarle. 
WHEN:  This coming Saturday afternoon, April 13, at 1pm.
WHERE:  The Crozet Library. No tickets or reservations required. Seating is limited so please arrive early to get a seat.

The Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society will host a free public lecture this Saturday, April 13 at 1pm at the Crozet Library with local historian and author Phil James. This event is entirely free and open to all. No tickets or reservations are required.

 Phil James has spent more than four decades researching the history of Crozet, western Albemarle County, and the communities of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He will offer a unique and fascinating slideshow of historic images that he has collected. No one else knows the stories of this region like Phil James!
A native of the area, Phil is the author of SECRETS OF THE BLUE RIDGE (http://www.secretsoftheblueridge.com/. He is a celebrated columnist and much sought-after speaker. The photos he will share in this talk are incredibly rare and rarely seen publicly.
This free lecture is part of the Historical Society’s new Community Speakers Series, which hosts engaging talks about local and regional history throughout Central Virginia each month. You can find more information at our website: cvillecenter.org.

Public Hearing about Rte 240 Bridge Rehabilitation on April 17, 2019

Public Hearing about Rte 240 Bridge Rehabilitation
on April 17, 2019 from 5 to 7 p.m.
at the Crozet Library, 2020 Library Avenue

The Virginia Department of Transportation invites the public to attend an upcoming design public hearing on the proposed rehabilitation of the Route 240 (Crozet Avenue) bridge over Lickinghole Creek in Albemarle County.

The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Crozet Library, 2020 Library Avenue, Crozet.

Rte 240 (Crozet Avenue) Bridge Rehabilitation Location

Rte 240 (Crozet Avenue) Bridge Rehabilitation Location

At the open house-style hearing, VDOT staff will be available to discuss the project and answer questions. The public can review project plans, ask questions and obtain information about the project’s timeline, cost and travel impacts, as well as provide feedback on the project orally or in writing.

VDOT proposes to rehabilitate the existing substandard bridge and is presenting two construction alternatives for public input:

  • The first alternative proposes to close Route 240 in both directions for six months with a detour in place. Traffic south of the bridge would use Route 250 (Rockfish Gap Turnpike) to Route 240 (Three Notched Road) to reach Crozet Avenue. Traffic north of the bridge will reverse the detour and use Three Notched Road to Rockfish Gap Turnpike.
  • The second alternative involves a phased approach to construction. The bridge would be reduced to one lane and two-way traffic would be controlled by temporary traffic signals for at least eight months. Motorists would experience delays near the bridge site especially during rush hour with this alternative.

Written comments can also be submitted by mail to Howard Tomlinson, Project Manager, 1601 Orange Road, Culpeper, VA 22701 through April 27. Email comments can be sent to Howard.Tomlinson@vdot.virginia.gov.

Anyone requiring special assistance to attend and participate in this meeting may contact VDOT at 540-829-7500, 800-367-7623 or TTY/TDD 711.

More information about the projects can be found on VDOT’s website at http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/culpeper/240bridge.asp.

CCAC Meeting Agenda 10 April 2019

Wednesday, April 10 from 7:00 to 8:45 PM

Click here for PDF (printable) version of the agenda.


1.  Introductions and Agenda Review. (Allie Pesch – CCAC chair)

2.  Approval of Minutes (Draft minutes of the March meeting)

3. Pleasant Green/West Glen Stream Crossing SUP Amendment (Jeremy Swink, Stanley Martin Homes – 30 min)

4.  JAUNT Crozet Connect express shuttle service update (Brian Cohen, Mary Honeycutt, Stephen Johnson – 30 min)

5.  Crozet Master Plan Content Review and Update Topics: Parks and Green Systems (Andrew Knuppel – 20 min)

6.  Items Not Listed on the Agenda

7.  Announcements

8.  Future Agenda Items:

  • Rivanna Authorities – Crozet Area Update (Bill Mawyer, RWSA – June)
  • Master Plan Content Review and Update Topics (Monthly through July)

Note: CCAC now meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month

The CCAC’s role and “charter” doc’s are found here:
General CCAC infohttp://www.albemarle.org/department.asp?department=cdd&relpage=4422
CCAC Overview & Duties:  http://www.albemarle.org/upload/images/webapps/boards/bc/showrecs.asp?ID=12

Crozet Park Volunteer Day – Saturday, April 13, 2019

Dear Neighbor,

Please join us Saturday, April 13th from 8:00AM – 1:00 PM for Sixth Annual Pitch-in at the Park!  This event brings together volunteers throughout the community and makes it possible to complete many of the Park’s 2019 maintenance activities.  For each activity, tools are provided along with any applicable instruction. Volunteers should bring work gloves, hat and sun screen. Water and lunch are provided to ALL volunteers.
Join community volunteers as they work on various improvement and beautification projects throughout the Claudius Crozet Park.  Pitch-in at the Park is an opportunity to engage local residents to work side-by-side to help maintain our community-owned park. This is a significant effort and we need everyone’s help. Please sign-up at: http://crozetpark.org/volunteering

Hope to see you at the Park !

Kim Guenther
Board President, Claudius Crozet Park

Household Hazardous Waste and Bulky Waste Amnesty Days, Spring 2019

2019 Special Collection Days are Coming!

The Rivanna Solid Waste Authority (RWSA) announced their Household Hazardous Waste and Bulky Waste Amnesty Days.

SPRING Household Hazardous Waste:
Friday, April 26, 2019            HHW                         9am-2pm
Saturday, April 27, 2019        HHW                         9am-2pm

HHW collections are free to residents of Albemarle County, Charlottesville, and Scottsville, and available to Nelson County residents who obtain a voucher from Nelson County government.

Spring 2019 Commercial Hazardous Waste Collection

The next special commercial hazardous waste collection day at the Ivy Materials Utilization Center will be held on:  Thursday, April 25, 2019*

*Pre-registration with CARE Environmental Corp by April 16, 2019 is required to obtain an appointment according to EPA regulations. To register email: John Doffinger (John@careenv.com) OR Jim McKenna (Jim@careenv.com), or call 1-800-494-2273.

This special collection is only open to qualifying businesses and commercial establishments and not households. Qualifications are defined by federal law to include businesses that (1) generate no more than 100 kilograms (220 pounds) hazardous waste in a month, (2) generate no more than 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) acutely hazardous waste in a month, and (3) store not more than 1,000 kilograms (2,200 pounds) hazardous waste.

There is a fee associated with disposal.


SPRING Bulky Waste Amnesty Days

Saturday, May 4, 2019       Furniture/Mattresses    8:30am-4pm
Saturday, May 11, 2019     Appliances* . . . . . . . . . . 8:30am-4pm
Saturday, May 18, 2019     Tires**   . . . . . . . . . . . . .  8:30am-4pm

*Appliances include: refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, stoves, furnaces, water heaters, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, heat pumps, microwaves.
** No oversized tires

Amnesty Days are free and available to residents of Albemarle County, Charlottesville and Scottsville only.

Normal tipping fees will be charged to residents for all non-amnesty items brought on these days.

Note: The RWSA normal daily paint collection will NOT be accepted on HHW Days due to logistical limitations. However you don’t have to wait for HHW collection now to dispose of your 1 gallon and 5 gallon latex and oil-based paints in their original containers. This is now a daily service at Ivy MUC.

Check their website for more information and details regarding acceptable items.

This webpage courtesy of RWSA Communications Manager, Katie McIlwee