COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:  

SP 2003-086 Unity Church in Charlottesville Extension

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST: Request for special use permit to allow an extension on the expiration date for a special use permit for a church, in accordance with Section 10.2.2.35 of the Zoning Ordinance, which allows for church buildings and adjunct cemeteries.   The property, described as Tax Map 61 Parcel 4, contains 4.5 acres, and is zoned RA Rural Areas.  The proposal  is located on Hydraulic Road, approximately 0.25 miles north of the intersection with Lambs Road,  in the Jack Jouett Magisterial District. The Comprehensive Plan designates this property as Rural Area  in Rural Area 1.

 

STAFF CONTACT(S): Benish; Clark

AGENDA DATE:                      ITEM NUMBERS:

Planning Commission, March 23, 2004

Board of Supervisors, May 12, 2004

 

ACTION:                                    INFORMATION:

Recommend approval with conditions

 

CONSENT AGENDA:         

     ACTION:                               INFORMATION:

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:    

yes

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

On May 17, 2000, the Board of Supervisors approved a special use permit request for a 200-seat church on this site. This approval was subject to several conditions, including a four-year time limit for construction to begin on the new church building. Since that time, the applicants submitted a second application (SP 2003-053), requesting an amendment of their original permit to allow expansion to 300 seats. That permit request was indefinitely deferred by the applicant to allow resolution of a conflict with VDOT related to the larger church size. The current request seeks an extension of SP 00-02 approval for 30 months (to November 12, 2006, if this request is approved at the May 12 Board meeting).

 

The following are the conditions of approval for SP 00-02:

 

1. Use shall be limited to a maximum two hundred (200)-seat sanctuary and use of the existing building 2 for youth activities normally associated with a church use;

2. Construction of the two hundred (200)-seat sanctuary shall commence within four (4) years or approval for the new structure shall expire;

3. New approval of septic system from the Health Department;

4. The church will be developed in general accord with the conceptual plan found on Attachment F of the staff report (copy on file in the Clerk’s office);

5. The property may not be further divided;

6. There shall be only one (1) residential dwelling on this property;

7. Any expansion of, or addition to, the uses, activities or structures outlined in this staff report shall require additional review and approval by the Board of Supervisors; and,

8. Development shall be subject to review of and issuance of a Certificate of Appropriateness by the Architectural Review Board.

 

RECOMMENDATION:  Staff finds that circumstances relative to the church's special permit extension request have not changed in a manner that would alter staff's original recommendation for approval.  Therefore, staff recommends approval of SP 2003-086, a request to extend the existing approval for the church use for an additional 30 months, with the following conditions (which replace those from the approval of SP 00-02):

 

1. Use shall be limited to a maximum two hundred (200)-seat sanctuary and use of the existing building 2 for youth activities accessory to a church use;

2. Construction of the two hundred (200)-seat sanctuary shall commence within 30 months of the approval of this permit or it shall be deemed abandoned and the authority granted by this permit shall thereupon terminate;

3. New approval of septic system from the Health Department;

4. The site shall be developed in general accord with the conceptual plan found on Attachment F of the staff report for SP 2000-02.

5. The property may not be further divided;

6. There shall be only one (1) residential dwelling on this property;

7. Any expansion of, or addition to, the uses, activities or structures outlined in the staff report for SP 2000-02 shall require additional review and approval by the Board of Supervisors;

 

Attachments:

 

A.     Location Map

B.     Site Map

C.     Staff Report for SP 2000-02, including concept plan attachment
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