COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLEZTA 1999-06, Special Events (Althea Hurt Randolph)

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Draft Ordinance for ZTA 1999-06, revised version following Planning Commission recommendations of 5/24/05

 

 

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Benish, McDowell, Ragsdale

 

AGENDA DATE:                       ITEM NUMBER:

 June 21, 2005

 

ACTION:             INFORMATION:

 

 

CONSENT AGENDA:         

     ACTION:     X                           

 

ATTACHMENTS:      Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

BACKGROUND:  

This ZTA proposal was initiated by a Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) application which was submitted in August 1999 requesting that Tourist Lodging in the Zoning Ordinance be amended to allow for weddings, special events, corporate meetings, or other events.  This request was tabled by the Planning Commission in April 2000, following staffís recommendation that this request be deferred until completion of the Rural Areas section of the Comprehensive Plan. The Rural Areas Plan was adopted by the Board of Supervisors in March 2005. Following the applicant and the Planning Commissionís request to reactivate this ZTA, a resolution of intent to amend the ordinance was passed on January 18, 2005. The Planning Commission held a public hearing on this item May 24, 2005 and recommend approval of ZTA 99-06 with several changes to the draft ordinance, as provided in the attached Planning Commission action memo. (Attachment A)

 

DISCUSSION:

Staff is providing you with the revised draft ordinance (Attachment B) reflecting all of the Planning Commissionís recommendations and one revision suggested by staff. Following further evaluation of temporary signs and over Zoning Administrationís concerns regarding administering this section of the ordinance, it is no longer recommended that Section 4.15.4.d be modified to allow additional temporary signs for special events. Property owners would be permitted, following application for a sign permit one freestanding sign of up to 24 square feet in size, one wall sign up to 40 square feet in size and up to four temporary signs per year. These signs are currently permitted in the Zoning Ordinance.  The ordinance also allows farm/estate signs without a sign permit application up to 4 square feet in size. Staff feels this provides adequate signage for the property owner to advertise and would not cause a proliferation of temporary signs that could be incompatible with the character of the Rural Area and burdensome for Zoning to permit.

 

RECOMMENDATION:

Staff recommends the Planning Commission approve ZTA 99-06 as drafted in Attachment B.

 

ATTACHMENTS:

A.                 Planning Commission Action Memo for May 24, 2005 Meeting

B.                 ZTA 1999-06 Draft Ordinance, dated 6/13/05

Return to June 6 memo