Those who did not endorse the proposal mostly live in Parkside Village, a housing estate north of the park, or in the older homes on Hill Top Street, and said they were worried about traffic.
“The proposal calls for the park’s surrounding residential streets to carry all traffic loads for the benefit of the Crozet community,” said Scott Casen. “The road network is not designed to support the forecast traffic volume with the park extension. The most striking example of this is the new northern border entrance that connects to Indigo Road. “
He said car traffic on Hill Top Street always goes around pedestrians who are forced to walk on the street because the asphalt roads have been crumbling for years.
“They are literally useless where sections of the dirt and grass that passed them actually disappear into the landscape,” said Casen.
Sandy Hausman, who lives on Hill Top Street, said officials should plan for current and future recreational needs by setting aside more land and finding ways to pay for the development.
“I know real estate in developing areas is very expensive now, so let’s look at the periphery and the non-development areas along [Route] 240 or [U.S.] 250, part of it for the construction of a new recreation center and the rest for baseball and soccer fields, pickleball, tennis courts and other forms of active recreation, ”she said. “Indigo is a tiny street, it’s practically an alley, it’s parked for pickleball almost every day. I think it’s just a fantasy to think that over 300 more trips could be allowed via Indigo. “