BOARD OF SUPERVISORS:
The applicant has requested an amendment to SP 00-58 (a special use permit to construct a 11,200 square foot church) to be allowed to operate a pre-school/day care for a maximum of 80 children and an after school program for a maximum of 60 children in the existing church facility. Five classrooms with a total of 2,630 square feet would be used for these purposes.
It should be noted that the church has changed its name
The applicant has requested the following hours/days for operation of the child care facilities:
day care/pre-school Monday through Friday
after school program Monday through Friday.
Children attending the after school program would arrive by bus or van and be picked up by parents. The day care/pre-school children would be individually transported by their parents.
Request for an amendment to
a special use permit, SP 00-58 Northside Community Church Fellowship Church, to
allow a pre-school/day care and an after school program, in accordance with
Section 10.2.2.7 of the Zoning Ordinance which allows for "Day care, child
care or nursery facility." The
church name has been changed to
Character of the Area:
The area surrounding the church contains a mixture of rural agricultural, residential, wooded areas, a church and the G.E. Fanuc Corporation facility.
Planning and Zoning History:
SP 00-58 was approved in January 2001. The approval was for a 11,200 square foot church building with 200 seats, 101 parking spaces, and outdoor recreational areas. The church has been constructed and is in operation.
SP 00-58 did not include a request for child care operations; therefore, a condition of approval for SP 00-58 required that any child care operation receive an amendment to the special use permit application.
The Comprehensive Plan land use designation for this site is Rural Area. Churches provide support to Rural Area residents. The proposed pre-school/day care and after school care uses are a mission of the church.
Staff has reviewed this request for compliance with the provisions of Section 22.214.171.124 of the zoning ordinance and recommends approval of the special use permit.
Staff will address each provision of Section 126.96.36.199 of the Zoning Ordinance.
The Board of Supervisors hereby reserves unto itself the right to issue all special use permits permitted hereunder. Special use permits for uses as provided in this ordinance may be issued upon a finding by the Board of Supervisors that such use will not be of substantial detriment to adjacent property.
The existing church building would accommodate the proposed pre-school/day care and after school care operations without any exterior alterations. The play area would be located at the rear of the church, in the location approved with SP 00-58. A copy of the SP 00-58 site plan is attached for your information (Attachment B). Neither VDOT nor the County’s Engineering Department offered comments regarding concerns with public safety.
that the character of the district will not be changed thereby,
No exterior changes have
been requested that would change the visual character of the district. However,
the additional traffic and noise would impact this area. As the outdoor play area is located away from
residential dwellings and as it is anticipated that the traffic will use Route
29 to enter
and that such use will be in harmony with the purpose and intent of this ordinance,
The Rural Area zoning district was created to establish a zone that provides for the preservation and protection of agricultural and forestal resources; to provide for water supply protection; to be an area of limited service delivery; and to conserve natural, scenic, and historic resources. The proposed child care operations within the existing building would not conflict with the purpose and intent of the ordinance.
with the uses permitted by right in the district,
The proposed child care operations would not impact uses that are permitted by right in the district.
with additional regulations provided in Section 5.0 of this ordinance,
There are no regulations in Section 5.0 governing the proposed use.
and with the public health, safety and general welfare.
The proposed child care use would not require any
alterations to the existing access and driveway. Currently, the traffic count
for this portion of
The unlighted outdoor play area would remain in the same location. Any changes to the location, as a result of a future church expansion would require approval of a special use permit.
No negative impacts to the public health, safety and general welfare are anticipated.
Staff has identified the following factors favorable to these applications:
1. The childcare operations would provide support to rural area residents.
2. The access and driveway could accommodate the additional traffic and uses.
3. The playground is located in an area separated from neighboring residences.
Staff has identified the following factors unfavorable to this application:
2. Additional noise from children playing and from vehicular traffic would result from the proposed uses.
Based on the findings contained in this staff report, staff recommends approval of SP 03-68, subject to the following conditions:
1. Exterior changes to the building and site depicted on and approved as part of the final site plan, SDP-2001-022, are prohibited unless authorized by an amendment to this special use permit. Prohibited exterior changes include changes to any architectural feature, color, texture or materials, play area, and landscaping, but do not include repairing or replacing any portion or element of a building provided that the repaired or replaced portion or element has the same architectural feature, color, texture and materials approved as part of SDP-2001-022.
2. The maximum enrollment for the pre-school/day care shall be restricted to 80 children and the maximum enrollment for the after school program shall be restricted to 60 children.
3. The hours and days of operation shall be restricted to the following:
day care/pre-school program Monday through Friday;
after school program from Monday through Friday.