How To Make A Good Neighborhood Better
Under the heading of 'how one person can create change and make a difference,' we present the following. Last year, Gristmill Drive resident Pam Riley left our HOA Board to pursue master planning with a small, dedicated group of Avon Street Extended area leaders. Since then, she has become Mill Creek's area planning and development expert and a dominant voice for safe infrastructure changes in the County's Southern Area Comprehensive Master Plan. Today, she reports on the Safe Routes to School Committee, as well as an important upcoming Board of Supervisors Candidates Forum to be held on September 21st at Monticello High School.
Avon Street Extended Safe Routes to School Committee Report by Pam Riley
Last fall, area HOAs and interested residents formed a coalition to address local planning, development, and infrastructure issues in the Southern Urban Neighborhoods. Our group is called the Avon Street Extended (ASE) Safe Routes to School Committee.
This group was established to follow-up on the master plan process in the area and to advocate for transportation, economic development, recreation, and greenway improvements, (i.e. sidewalks and crosswalks, road improvements, bike and walking trails for health and connectivity, library and other recreational facilities, etc.).
With the guidance and support of our County Supervisor, Jane Dittmar, we have identified multi-modal safe passage for children to schools as a priority. Currently Cale Elementary School lacks a crosswalk and parents are looking for a solution. We will continue to work with area families and the school to make walking and bicycling to school safer for area children.
We have also been working with Supervisor Dittmar and Planning Commissioner Rick Randolph to advocate for additional planning studies and community infrastructure improvements. Most recently, we approached the County about the need for additional planning studies in the area. Specifically, we have requested an Avon Street Corridor study from the City boundary heading south to the Route 20/ASE intersection and a Recreational land Uses/Greenway study. We have been doing some independent research as well as working with some of the County staff including Dan Mahon to plan area bike and walking trails to connect our area to the City, Biscuit Run State Park, PVCC, and the Saunders-Monticello trail.
A number of us have applied to be on the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) that will be appointed in September by the BOS to help guide the Southern and Western Area Master Plan implementation. The ASE Committee will work with and support the role of the CAC in area planning and land use issues.
Please consider becoming active in the ASE Committee! Are you passionate about developing bike and walking trails? Would you like to see a local library or other recreational uses? What is your vision for our community? We hold monthly evening meetings, usually on the second Thursday at the Fire and Rescue Station. Please contact Pam Riley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 434-984-0282 if you'd like more information or if you'd like to get involved.
What: Albemarle County Board of Supervisors Candidate Forum (Scottsville district)
When: September 21, 2015, 6:30 - 8:30PM
Where: Monticello High School, Forum Room
Charlottesville Tomorrow and The Daily Progress will co-host a candidate forum for the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors Scottsville Magisterial District seat election. Doors will open at Monticello High School at 6:00 PM. The forum will begin promptly at 6:30 PM and last until 8:30 PM ...