SP-2003-074 KarinM.Gest PrivateSchool- Request for a special use
permit to allow a private school for classroom driver training in accordance
with Section 220.127.116.11 of the Zoning Ordinance which allows for private schools
in the PUD Zoning District.The
property, described as Tax Map 61Z, Section 3, Parcel 202B, contains .245
acres, and is zoned PUD-Planned Unit Development.The proposal is located on Incarnation Drive,
at the intersection of Rt. 1694 (Branchland
Boulevard) and Rt. 1427 (Hillsdale
Drive) in the Rio Magisterial District.The Comprehensive Plan designates this
property as Urban Density Residential (6.01-34 dwelling units per acre) in
Neighborhood 2. (Tarpley Gillespie)
Ms. Gillispie summarized the
staff report. The applicant is requesting a special use permit to allow a
private school to be located within the existing BranchlandsProfessionalCenterOfficeBuilding.
It is a private school for class room driver training and it would have up to
ten students, with an average of 8 students, and conduct classes after in the evening with the occasional
Saturday activity as well. The property is zoned PUD and it is part of the
original Branchlands PUD.There was a
site plan completed for this new building in 1999. There were 97 parking spaces
required for the site plan.The site
provides 105 parking spaces. In our review one of the things they needed to do
was to determine the number of parking spaces that would be required.The Zoning Ordinance gives the authority to
make that determination to the Zoning Administrator who requested a parking
study of the applicant. The applicant provided the parking plan, which is in
the packet.The parking plan is also
posted on the board. She stated that also provided was some stipulations about
their business such as the hours and the number of students.The parking plan shows the 4 parking spaces
designated specifically for this use and there are 8 spaces in the lot, which are
open spaces that pretty much anyone can use. The Zoning Administrator did
require 5 parking spaces for this use and staff felt that those 5 parking
spaces were being met through the 4 designated and the 8 open spaces.Therefore, it does meet the parking
requirement.Staff reviewed the proposal
against the Comprehensive Plan, which designates this property for Urban
Density Residential and against the Neighborhood Model.Because this is an existing site and there
are no anticipated land use impacts, staff does not recommend any site
improvements or exterior modifications. Staff feels that it is in conformity
with the Comprehensive Plan and is recommending approval.Staff recommends two conditions of approval.The first condition was that the maximum number
of students be kept at ten.The second
condition would be that the normal hours of operation be from to with a provision that an occasional school related activity
might occur outside of those hours.She
pointed out that Steve Melton was here to answer any questions on behalf of the
asked if there were questions for staff.
stated that it was a very good use for shared parking.He stated that in the condition it said
except school related events.He asked
what events that they would be and if they would occur during the specified
stated that this was a standard condition that the Zoning Department likes them
to put on private schools.This
condition would allow a graduation ceremony or some other activity for parents.
asked if there were other questions for staff.There being none, he opened the public hearing and asked if the
applicant would like to address the Commission.
stated that he would represent Ms. Gest tonight.He stated that he concurred with staff’s
comments and would be happy to answer any questions.
asked if anybody else would like to address this issue. There being none, he
closed the public hearing to bring the matter back to the Commission for
discussion and possible action.
Mr. Thomas moved for approval of
SP-2003-74, KarinM.Gest PrivateSchool,
with the conditions recommended by staff in the staff report.
1.Maximum enrollment shall be 10 students;
2.Normal hours of operation for the school shall
provided that occasional school-related events might occur outside of these
seconded the motion.
carried by a vote of (5:0).(Finley –
stated that SP-2003-74 would go to the Board of Supervisors with a
recommendation for approval and would be heard on January 7th.