STAFF PERSON:                                                                           MARGARET DOHERTY

PLANNING COMMISSION DATE:                                               JULY 13, 2004

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DATE:                                           AUGUST 4, 2004

 

sp 2004-013 OLD TRAIL GOLF CLUB

 

Applicant’s Proposal:

Request  to amend SP-02-16 to remove condition #2, which states, “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.”  Although the Zoning Administrator, in her review of the pending final site plan for the golf course (SDP-04-40), has found the proposed road alignment 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 master plan.

Project Description:

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.

Character of the Area:

The Old Trail Golf Course is under construction.  The surrounding area is occupied by single family large lot residential and rural properties.

Zoning History: 

§         SP-02-16, to allow the golf course use, was approved by the Board of Supervisors on March 5, 2003.

§         SP-02-79, to allow the stream crossings to access the golf course, was approved by the Board of Supervisors on July 9, 2003

Comprehensive Plan:   

The Crozet Master Plan identifies the golf course and shows a road, generally running from Jarman’s Gap to Route 250 West.   The Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors in their review of the Crozet Master Plan have stated that the roads shown on the plan are for informational purposes and that actual alignments may vary.  Therefore, staff has found that the alignment of the road proposed for the golf course use, running from Route 250 to the property line at the northern edge of Tax Map 56 Parcel 14, is in accord with the Crozet Master Plan.

Recommendation

Staff believes that the property and road are being developed in accord with the Crozet Master Plan and SP-02-16, and has no objection to deleting condition #2.

 


 

Analysis of the Special Use Permit as related to Section 31.2.4.1 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,

Removal of the condition will not be of substantial detriment to adjacent property, as the roads proposed do not impact adjacent properties and have been found to be in accord with the Crozet Master Plan.

 

that the character of the district will not be changed thereby,

Removing the condition will not change the character of the district.

 

and that such use will be in harmony with the purpose and intent of this ordinance,

1.4.4          To facilitate the provision of adequate police and fire protection, disaster evacuation, civil defense, transportation, water, sewerage, flood protection, schools, parks, forests, playgrounds, recreational facilities, airports and other public requirements;

Removing the condition will not eliminate the road, therefore the provision of adequate transportation has been achieved.

 

with the uses permitted by right in the district,

By-right uses in the Rural Areas district include agriculture, forestry, and related uses, as well as single-family dwellings, home occupations, etc.  Removing the condition should have no effect on the uses permitted by right in the district.

 

with additional regulations provided in Section 5.0 of this ordinance,

Section 5.1.16 of the Zoning Ordinance establish supplemental regulations for swim, golf, and tennis clubs. Subsections (a) and (b) apply specifically to swim clubs; as no swim facilities are proposed for this project, these sections do not apply. Subsection (c) was repealed in 2000.

 

d.            The board of supervisors may, for the protection of the health, safety, morals and general welfare of the community, require such additional conditions as it deems necessary, including but not limited to provisions for additional fencing and/or planting or other landscaping, additional setback from property lines, additional parking space, location and arrangement of lighting, and other reasonable requirements;

 

SP-02-16 was approved with three conditions related to the welfare of the community, as follows: 

 

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

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.

These conditions will remain. 

 

and with the public health, safety and general welfare.

All remaining conditions of approval will remain in effect.  If the applicant’s request is approved, the new list of conditions for SP-02-16 would be as follows:

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 pond 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.

 

RECOMMENDATION: 

Staff finds that no adverse impacts to other uses on the site or adjacent properties will occur as a result of the removal of condition #2 of SP-02-16 and recommends approval of SP 2004-013, with the remaining conditions as outlined above.

 

Attachments:

A – Locator Map

B – Application

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