September 3, 2004



Brian P. Smith

105 W. High Street

Charlottesville, VA 22902


RE:  SP 2004-00015 Bethel Baptist Church Amendment; Tax Map 21, Parcel 25


Dear Mr. Smith:


The Albemarle County Planning Commission, at its meeting on August 31, 2004, unanimously recommended approval of the above-noted petition to the Board of Supervisors.

Please note that this approval is subject to the following amended conditions:


  1. The church's improvements and the scale and location of the improvements shall be developed in general accord with the site plan entitled “Bethel Baptist Church”, prepared by Brian P. Smith, PE Civil Engineering, Inc. and dated April 1, 2004, last revised August 17, 2004;
  2. The Church’s sanctuary shall not exceed 345 seats;
  3. Health Department approval of existing well and septic systems;
  4. Commercial setback standards for side and rear setbacks, as set forth in Section 21.7.2 of the Albemarle County Zoning Ordinance, shall be maintained adjacent to residential uses or residentially zoned properties (including RA zoned property).  The front setback shall conform to the Rural Areas standard as set forth in Section 10.4 of the Albemarle County Zoning Ordinance;
  5. A 20-foot undisturbed buffer, as set forth in Section 21.7.3 of the Albemarle County Zoning Ordinance, shall be maintained along the eastern property line.  There shall be no removal of the existing pines within this buffer;
  6. There shall be no day care center or private school on site without approval of a separate special use permit;
  7. VDOT approval of new entrances and closure of existing entrances shall be required. The entrance to Burnley Station Road (Route 641) shall be closed and the existing entrance [approximately fifteen (15)-feet wide] to Watts Passage (Route 600) shall be closed and relocated to the south.  The proposed new entrance shall meet commercial standards and radii and profiles of the entrance shall be provided on the site plan;
  8. The residential dwelling on the property shall be used only as a parsonage residence;
  9. All existing gravel areas not included in the existing and proposed parking areas and travelways shall be replaced with vegetative cover;
  10. All parking areas shall drain to the proposed BMP/storm water basin;  
  11. All exterior light fixtures shall be shown and approved on a site development plan and shall be full cutoff luminaire, fully shielded and arranged or directed to reflect light away from adjoining properties and away from adjacent roads;
  12. An additional 25% of landscaping materials, above the minimum landscaping materials required by Section, shall be installed within the parking area.


Please be advised that the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors will review this petition and receive public comment at their meeting on October 13, 2004.  Any new or additional information regarding your application must be submitted to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors at least seven days prior to your scheduled hearing date.


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If you should have any questions or comments regarding the above noted action, please do not hesitate to contact me at (434) 296-5823.





Rebecca Ragsdale