UVa Research Park Amendment, ZMA 2004-0010


SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST: Request to amend existing proffers for 5.9 acres in Fontaine Research Park, zoned CO, Commercial Office, and EC, Entrance Corridor, to allow an increase of 40,000 square feet, for a maximum of 535,000 square feet of research and laboratory space.  The property, described as Tax Map 76 Parcels 17B, 17B(1), 17B(2), 17B(3), 17B(5), 17B(6), 17B(7), 17B(8), 17B(X), and 17B(W), is located in the Samuel Miller Magisterial District, in Fontaine Research Park, on the south side of Fontaine Avenue (Route 29 Business) immediately east of the 29/250 By-Pass.  The Comprehensive Plan designates this property as Office Service in the southern portion of Neighborhood Six.


STAFF CONTACT(S): Tucker, Cilimberg, Thomas

AGENDA DATE:                      ITEM NUMBERS:

October 13, 2004


ACTION:                                    INFORMATION:

Yes - Recommend approval



     ACTION:                               INFORMATION:








BACKGROUND:  The applicant is seeking to amend an existing proffer approved with ZMA 2000-00, to allow additional square footage within the University of Virginia’s Fontaine Research Park for research and laboratory space.  Because the laboratory use requires less parking than the previously approved office use, existing parking capacity will accommodate the additional building.  If approved, this proffer amendment would add 40,000 square feet, increasing total park capacity to 535,000 square feet.  The applicant has also agreed to provide a bus shelter within the park for transit riders.


The Planning Commission held a public hearing on September 28, 2004, and recommended approval of the project, with proffers.




2.1 Protect and/or preserve the County’s rural character; and, 3.3 Develop and implement policies that address the County’s growth and urbanization while continuing to enhance the factors that contribute to the quality of life in the County.



DISCUSSIONA staff report was prepared for the Planning Commission public hearing originally scheduled for September 14, which was deferred two weeks because of an error in the legal ad.  An updated memorandum was also distributed by staff for the (rescheduled) September 28 public hearing, and contains as attachments the existing proffers approved with ZMA 2000-004, along with clean and mark-up copies of the draft proffers prepared for this request.  Attachment A to this report is the proffers in final form; signed copies of the proffers will be provided by the time of the public hearing, pending an upcoming meeting of the Foundation board authorizing the Chief Executive Officer to sign.



RECOMMENDATION:  The Planning Commission found that the Fontaine Research Park request for additional square footage meets the objectives of the Land Use Plan for infill development in the urban area, in a location where jobs will be placed near areas of dense population.  The Commission furthermore found that the building expansion can be accommodated by the existing site plan without adverse impacts to the physical environment, other activities on the site, or nearby properties and neighborhoods.  The Commission recommended approval of ZMA 2003-005, with proffers.



A – Proffers
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