Burnet Commons

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Burnet Commons refers to three separate neighborhoods located off of Elliot Avenue built by Southern Development in the 21st century dating back to 2003. Part of the neighborhood was built atop an old landfill and a plant nursery and directly adjacent to Oakwood Cemetery.

View of Burnet Commons from Oakwood Cemetery, 2020

First phase

Second phase


A second phase of development began to planned in 2011. Southern Development obtained a rezoning from residential to planned unit development in order to construct a 35-unit neighborhood. [1]

As part of the development, Southern Development will designate at least seven units as "affordable", meaning their deeds will be restricted to citizens who only make 80% of the average median income. This restriction was to have lasted for 30 years. Habitat for Humanity will build other units as part of the project.

Third phase

Burnet Commons was being developed jointly with Habitat for Humanity with a total of 50 homes. [2] [3] When completed, the new phase will include 18 Habitat homes and 32 built by Southern Development. It is now known as Burnet Commons III: The Park. [4]

The first families moved into the development at the end of 2015. [5] A dedication ceremony was held in August 2016. [6]


  1. Web. Burnet Commons Phase 2, Willy Thompson, Neighborhood Planner, City of Charlottesville, Page 68, December 5, 2011, retrieved December 5, 2011.
  2. Web. Council set to adopt SIA action plan, Chris Suarez, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, April 3, 2016, retrieved January 2, 2017.
  3. Web. Work starts at new Elliott Avenue mixed-income neighborhood, Habitat for Humanity, March 31, 2014, retrieved February 28, 2014.
  4. Web. Families Moving into Habitat Homes, News Staff, Charlottesville Newsplex, December 17, 2015, retrieved December 19, 2015.
  5. Web. City housing effort seeks 'tight-knit community' of diverse homes, Dean Seal, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, December 25, 2015, retrieved December 28, 2015.
  6. Web. Habitat celebrates 12 new homeowners at Burnet Commons III, Press Release, Charlottesville Tomorrow, August 31, 2016, retrieved March 2, 2021.