COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Establish a segment of East Rio Road as an Entrance Corridor

 

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Resolution of Intent to Establish a segment of East Rio Road as an Entrance Corridor Overlay District and to amend the zoning map accordingly

 

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Tucker, Foley, Davis, Kamptner, Graham, Cilimberg, Maliszewski

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

August 10, 2005

 

ACTION:                                  INFORMATION:   

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:     X                        INFORMATION:    

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:      Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

 

BACKGROUND:

At its May 4, 2005 meeting, the Board of Supervisors considered a request from the Chair of the Architectural Review Board (ARB) to reclassify East Rio Road as an arterial highway and to establish it as an Entrance Corridor Overlay District. (see Attachment A)  In consensus, the Board of Supervisors agreed to support the request. On July 14, VDOT notified the County that Route 631 (East Rio Road) between Route 29 and the Norfolk Southern Railway has been officially changed to an Urban Minor Arterial.

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Strategic Direction 2: Protect the countyís natural, scenic and historic resources.

 

DISCUSSION:

East Rio Road has seen considerable development in recent months. The ARB has suggested that future development along this heavily traveled corridor could benefit from the application of the ARBís Design Guidelines, and that this review would result in orderly and attractive development that reflects the traditional architecture of Albemarle and that is coordinated with other development on our major roadways.

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

Each final site plan requiring review by the ARB has a fee of $200.00.  While each such review provides revenue to the County, the costs associated with these reviews can often exceed the fee received. 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Based on the ARBís recommendation, staff recommends approval of the attached Resolution of Intent (Attachment B) to designate East Rio Road between Route 29 and the Norfolk Southern Railway as an Entrance Corridor Overlay District and to amend the zoning map accordingly.

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment A:   Letter from Candace M.P. Smith, Chair of the Architectural Review Board

Attachment B:   Resolution of Intent

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