SP-2004-13 Old Trail Golf Club Amendment (Sign #36, 40, 44, 87) - Request to amend SP-02-16 to remove condition #2, regarding the alignment of the road serving the golf course being in conformity with the Crozet Master Plan, once adopted.  The property, described as Tax Map 55, Parcels 71, 103F and 105 and Tax Map 56, Parcel 17B is zoned RA, Rural Areas in the White Hall Magisterial District.  The property is designated Rural Area on the Comprehensive Plan in the Crozet Community. (Margaret Doherty)

 

Ms. Doherty stated that the applicant requests that the existing special use permit for the Old Trail Golf Club use be amended to remove condition 2, which states that the applicant shall construct a road to serve the golf course built to public road standards running from Route 250 to the property line at the northern edge of Tax Map 56, parcel 14.  The road shall follow an alignment consistent with the Crozet Master Plan once adopted.  Although the Zoning Administrator, in her review of the pending final site plan for the golf course, has found that the proposed road alignment is consistent with the Master Plan, the applicant would like to remove the condition to avoid future questions of compliance prior to the adoption of the Crozet Master Plan.  The Master Plan identifies the golf course and the road. The Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors, in their review of the Master Plan, have stated that the roads shown on the plan are for informational purposes and that actual alignments may vary.  Therefore, staff found the alignment of the road was in compliance with this condition.  The applicant provided reduced copies of the following maps:  1. the Ballard Field Preliminary Plat by the Timmons Group, 2. the entrance to the golf course and 3. the Crozet Master Plan Built Infrastructure Map dated July 9, 2003.  (See Attachment).  Over the past several days, there have been discussions about deleting the second sentence of condition 2.  Since this road is a done deal and will be addressed in the future planning process, both staff and the applicant have no problem with the deletion.  The applicant is here to respond to any questions. 

 

Mr. Thomas asked if there were any questions for Ms. Doherty.

 

Ms. Higgins asked staff to point out the northern edge of tax map 56, parcel 14 on the drawing.

 

Ms. Doherty pointed out the location of tax map 56, parcel 14.  She noted that the parcel was located adjacent to the golf course parcel and was owned by the applicant.  When that condition was crafted for the golf course, staff wanted to make sure that a road got all the way to that Lickinghole crossing, which was why they ended the condition there.  Staff knew that the rest of the road to Jarmans Gap Road was getting built, which was why staff wanted to include that particular language.  Again, the road plans are being reviewed and may be bonded.  She noted that the roads were currently under construction.

 

Ms. Higgins stated that she was supportive of deleting the last sentence because she felt that the issue had to do with Crozet Master Plan’s issues and not with the road being built or not.  It seems in retrospect that to go back and delete the requirement to build the road would be beyond what they were trying to accomplish.  If the applicant was agreeable with it, then she felt much better doing it that way.  If tax map 56, parcel 14 was in the path of this and to the northern edge, then she did not have any issues with it.

 

Mr. Thomas asked is there were any more questions for Ms. Doherty.  There being none, he opened the public hearing and asked the applicant if he would like to address the Commission.

 

Gaylon Beights, applicant, stated the reason that they were doing this was to clean up all matters before they were on the verge of opening the golf course, which they hope to do in September or October.  They do not want to have anything looming over them that might prevent them from getting a Certificate of Occupancy.  The simple issue was that this approval is subject to a road consistent with the Master Plan that has not been approved.  They were just trying to do a little house cleaning in advance.  If there were any questions, he would be happy to answer them.

 

Ms. Joseph asked if the entire road had been designed and approved.

 

Mr. Beights stated that the road has been designed, approved and under construction.  The access road to the golf course is actually built and they should start curbs next week.

 

Mr. Thomas asked if there was any one else present who would like to speak regarding this application.  There being none, he closed the public hearing to bring the request back to the Commission for discussion and a possible action.

 

Ms. Higgins moved for approval of SP-2004-13, Old Trail Golf Club Amendment, subject to the conditions as recommended in the staff report deleting the second sentence of condition 2, which states, “The road shall follow an alignment consistent with the Crozet Master Plan once adopted.”  The deletion shall be limited to that sentence so that it resolves the issues but still leaves the construction of the road on this special use permit.

 

1)      The facility shall be in general accord with the plan titled “Old Trails Golf Club”, prepared by Roudabush, Gale & Associates, Inc., dated October 21, 2002, and revised December 16, 2002, subject to these conditions.

2)      The applicant shall construct a road to serve the golf course, built to public road standards and running from Route 250 to the property line at the northern edge of Tax Map 56 Parcel 14.  The road shall follow an alignment consistent with the Crozet Master Plan once adopted.

3)      Private club memberships shall not be required for access to or play on the course.

4)      There shall be no outdoor lighting of the course or of the practice area/driving range.

5)      No new residential development shall be permitted within the “Limits of Golf Course indicated on the plan titled “Old Trails Golf Club”, prepared by Roudabush, Gale & Associates, Inc., and dated October 21, 2002, and revised December 16, 2002.

6)      The existing house known as Mountain View shall not be demolished.

7)      The club house, restroom building, and maintenance facility shall be located within the Albemarle County Service Authority jurisdictional area.

8)      No portion of any structure, excluding signs, shall be located closer than 50 feet to any residential or rural district. No parking area or loading space shall be located closer than 20 feet to any residential or rural district.

9)      All landscaping around the clubhouse, restroom building, maintenance facility, parking area and other facilities shall include only native plants identified in the brochure “Native Plants for Conservation, Restoration, and Landscaping: Piedmont Plateau,” published by the Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation.

10)     Vegetated areas of the facility outside the tees, greens, fairways, roughs, cart paths, and access road shall remain in their current states (if wooded) or be revegetated and maintained in native plant species. These species shall be selected from the brochure “Native Plants for Conservation, Restoration, and Landscaping: Piedmont Plateau” and/or “Native Plants for Conservation, Restoration, and Landscaping: Riparian Forest Buffers,” published by the Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation. Species identified in the “Riparian Forest Buffers” brochure as being native only to the Coastal Plain region shall not be used. Management of these areas shall maintain them in native plant species. Non-native plant species shall be diligently removed from these areas. The applicant shall submit a letter from the Thomas Jefferson Soil & Water Conservation District stating that these plantings required in have been established to the District’s satisfaction.

11)     The applicant, upon the request of the County, shall provide verification to the satisfaction of the Director of Planning and Community Development that the site is in compliance with the specifications contained in Conditions 9 and 10 regarding the landscaping plan.

12)     Stream buffers in pasture at the date of this approval shall be revegetated in accordance with the schematic titled “Minimum Standard for Hole Crossings in Existing Pasture Areas”, dated January 15, 2003, and prepared by Jerry Kamis. The design of the stream crossing on hole 12 shall be deemed to be in general accord with the plan titled “Old Trails Golf Club”, prepared by Roudabush, Gale & Associates, Inc., dated October 21, 2002 and revised December 16, 2002, and shall use a minimal sight line subject to a mitigation plan to be approved by the Department of Engineering and Public Works.

13)     Irrigation water for the golf course shall come only from surface water impounded on existing ponds on the site.

14)     The dams and outlet structures on the two ponds on the site shall be repaired and upgraded to the satisfaction of the Department of Engineering and Public Works.

15)     The course shall secure Department of Engineering and Public Works approval of a natural resources management plan. This plan shall address wildlife conservation and habitat enhancement, waste reduction and management (including hazardous material storage and spill containment), energy efficiency, water conservation (including water-use reporting and efforts to protect streamflow in Slabtown Branch), water quality management (including runoff management for the clubhouse area, monitoring, and reporting), and integrated pest management. The applicant, upon the request of the County, shall provide verification to the satisfaction of the Director of Engineering and Public Works that the site is in compliance with the specifications contained in the plan.

16)     Grading shall be carried out in general accord with the conceptual grading plan titled “Preliminary Grading Plan,” prepared by Gene Bates Golf Design, and dated January 9, 2003.

17)     Cart-path stream crossings shall be built in general accord with the drawings titled “Wooden Cartway Crossing Plan” and “Wooden Cartway Crossing Elevation.”

18)     Neither the green for hole 14 nor the tee boxes for hole 15 shall be located less than 25 feet from the property line.

 

Mr. Rieley seconded the motion.

 

The motion carried by a vote of (6:0).  (Morris – Absent)

 

Mr. Thomas stated that SP-2004-13 would be heard by the Board of Supervisors on August 4.

 

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