COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
SP 03-84 Dennis Enterprises (Signs #27 and 30)
Request for special use permit to allow a car dealership in accordance with Sections 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52.b of the Zoning Ordinance which allows for motor vehicle sales and any portion of outdoor storage, display and/or sales, which would be visible from an Entrance Corridor Street. The property, described as Tax Map 45 Parcels 100, 101 and 101B is zoned C-1, Commercial and EC, Entrance Corridor.
Messrs. Tucker, Foley, Graham, Cilimberg, Benish, Ms. Echols
LEGAL REVIEW: No
November 3, 2004
ACTION: X INFORMATION:
On April 14, 2004 the Board of Supervisors conducted a public hearing on the request for a new car dealership on Rio Road. Staff and the ARB had recommended disapproval of the special use permit; the Planning Commission recommended approval with conditions. Votes were taken and the Board was split on the decision. Insufficient votes were received to either approve or deny the project. The applicant asserted that he had addressed all of the ARB concerns in a plan not yet seen by the ARB and asked for a deferral to take the proposal back to the ARB. The Board approved the applicant’s request for deferral. An excerpt from the minutes of this meeting is provided as Attachment A.
Strategic Direction 2: Protect the County’s natural, scenic and historic resources.
Strategic Direction 3: Enhance the Quality of Life for all Albemarle County Citizens
In its March 2, 2004 staff report, staff said it believed that the auto dealership would be detrimental to nearby residential and commercial properties because of the intensity of the proposed use, largely because of heavy truck traffic and late operating hours. While the Land Use Plan designates this area as Regional Service, it acts as a “transition” zone to the nearby residential area. Staff said it believed that auto dealerships should not be introduced to this section of Rio Road because of the precedent it would set. Staff also suggested that there are locations within the development area which are more suitable for car dealerships, such as Route 29 and Route 250. Staff said that, as part of the upcoming Northern Development Area Master Plan process, the residential uses in this area may be encouraged to remain and/or expand to allow for a greater mix of uses in the neighborhood. Staff also mentioned that outstanding issues for zoning and engineering had not been addressed by the applicant.
The Planning Commission, however, disagreed. The Commission said that all outstanding zoning and engineering comments could be satisfied at the site plan stage. The Planning Commission said it believed that the impacts could be mitigated through the design of the project and that the Architectural Review Board (ARB) would ensure that the scale of the development and architectural character of the area was maintained. It recommended approval with conditions.
On September 7, 2004, the ARB reviewed a revised concept plan for the site. The concept plan is provided as Attachment B. A copy of the staff report is Attachment C and the ARB’s action is contained in Attachment D. The ARB made comments to the applicant on changes to the elevations they would like to see. With the revised design, the ARB had no objections to the proposed use, except for the building elevations, and recommended approval with the following conditions:
While issues regarding the relationship of the site design to the Entrance Corridor have been addressed by the ARB, staff still believes that the auto dealership use at this location is not compatible with the nearby residential and commercial properties. If the Board of Supervisors wishes to approve the special use permit, staff recommends the following conditions which have been updated from the conditions recommended by the Planning Commission, to reflect the ARB’s current position.
ATTACHMENT A – Minutes from Board of Supervisors Meeting April 14, 2004
ATTACHMENT B – Concept Plan entitled, Application Plan for Dennis Enterprises – Rio Road, dated 7/24/04
ATTACHMENT C -- Staff Report to ARB dated September 7, 2004
ATTACHMENT D – ARB Action Letter dated September 16, 2004
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