8/14/06 * Augusta Free Press [ full story ]

A twist to this development tale is that it’s not just the people responsible for community planning in Albemarle County who are going to have to make adjustments to the way they go about doing their jobs. Waynesboro officials are making it a point to keep close tabs on what’s going on in Crozet and Western Albemarle as well – to gauge the impact of change east of the Blue Ridge on their now-booming retail-business community.

“We’re increasingly drawing from all of Western Albemarle. As Charlottesville develops, and as 29 becomes more congested, it has gotten easier to hop on Interstate 64 and come to Waynesboro. And as we have continued to expand from the retail standpoint, I think we’ve reached that critical mass where we’ve become more of a retail destination than we were previously,” said Meghan Williamson, the economic-development director in Waynesboro.

Note: Thanks to Jim Duncan for bringing this article to my attention. Brian Wheeler