|In April 2010, County Supervisors instructed developers to delete the portion of the Arden Place path shown in red. On this map, Woodbrook is at the top right, the Carmike theater parking lot is to the top left. Developers built the path anyway.|
Woodbrook residents of more than two years will no doubt recall the June 2009 Arden Place connection issue. Residents turned out at two Planning Commission meetings and one meeting of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors to protest what was first a road then a path. At one meeting, over 30 Woodbrook residents spoke out against the connection. Finally, in April 2010, the Board of Supervisors agreed that the path was not to be built. Developers were not to connect Arden Place with Woodbrook.
Or so it seemed.
On Friday September 16, 2010, Arden Place developers dedicated their path, a path that does go all the way to Woodbrook. Stopping just a hundred or so feet short of the corner of Idlewood Drive and Brookmere Road, the path provides an easy entrance to the small treed buffer area that separates the Woodbrook Neighborhood and Arden Place.
“I am very disappointed, upset, and concerned that the voted and agreed upon plans for the sidewalk from Arden Place were disregarded.” wrote Woodbrook Community Association president Susan Reed in an email message to this blog. “The supervisors specifically voted against having the sidewalk come to the Woodbrook Lagoon,” she added. Ms. Reed went on to express concerns about the process. “How can a voted upon plan be ignored?! Does no one check to make sure that the plans that were voted on are built to specification? Can people just ignore what was decided by the supervisors and do what they want?” she said. “I would think all citizens of Albemarle County would be concerned about the implications of this,” said Reed.
Rio District Supervisor Rodney Thomas has asked County planners to look into the matter.
Coleway Development, the developers of Arden Place, did not immediately respond to our email request for comment.