WHEREAS, the intent of the Entrance Corridor Overlay District (Zoning Ordinance § 30.6, contained in Chapter 18 of the Albemarle County Code) is to, among other things, implement the Comprehensive Plan’s goal of protecting Albemarle County’s natural, scenic, historic, architectural and cultural resources; ensure a quality of development compatible with those resources through architectural review of development; and to enhance the County’s attractiveness to tourists and other visitors and to sustain and enhance the economic benefits accruing to the County; and


            WHEREAS, the Entrance Corridor Overlay District is established upon parcels along certain transportation corridors designated as arterial streets or highways pursuant to Title 33.1 of the Virginia Code, which are identified in Zoning Ordinance § 30.6.2(c); and


            WHEREAS, that portion of State Route 631 (East Rio Road) between Route 29 and the Norfolk Southern Railway tracks has been recently reclassified by the Commonwealth of Virginia from Urban Collector to Urban Minor Arterial, and is now therefore a transportation corridor upon and along which an Entrance Corridor Overlay District may be established; and


            WHEREAS, it is desired to amend Zoning Ordinance § 30.6.2 to establish an Entrance Corridor Overlay District upon and along that portion of East Rio Road described above for the reasons set forth herein and the additional reasons set forth in Zoning Ordinance § 30.6.


 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT for purposes of public necessity, convenience, general welfare and good zoning practices, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors hereby adopts a resolution of intent to amend Zoning Ordinance § 30.6.2 and any other regulations of the Zoning Ordinance deemed appropriate to achieve the purposes described herein, and to amend the Zoning Map accordingly.


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Planning Commission shall hold a public hearing on the zoning text amendment and the zoning map amendment proposed by this resolution of intent, and make its recommendations to the Board of Supervisors at the earliest possible date.


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