COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

SP 2005-00013 HOLLYMEAD SWIM CLUB &

MODIFICATIONS to SETBACK & SCREENING REQUIREMENTS OF SECTION 5.1.16

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

A special use permit is requested for the existing Hollymead Swim Club pool to open membership to the public. Opening membership to outside the Hollymead PUD would make the use a commercial pool requiring a special use permit.

 

 

 

 

STAFF:

REBECCA RAGSDALE

 

 

PLANNING COMMISSION DATE:

July 19, 2005

 

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DATE:

September 7, 2005  

 

 

PROPOSAL:

The Hollymead Citizens Association would like to allow membership from outside the Hollymead Planned Unit Development (PUD) to the Hollymead Swim Club, which is an existing swimming pool. The Zoning Ordinance allows private pools and clubhouses by-right in residential developments because they are considered to be accessory to the primary residential use of the property. This proposal to allow pool memberships to people outside of the Hollymead PUD changes this from an accessory use that is by-right to Swim, golf, tennis or similar facilities, a primary use that is permitted by special permit in commercial areas of PUDs.  

 

In addition to the standard special use permit review; this report also addresses the supplemental regulations for swim facilities found in Section 5.1.16 of the Zoning Ordinance. Two modifications are sought to these regulations for setbacks and screening requirements to the adjacent residential properties. Pursuant to these regulations, permission is also sought for food concessions at the pool.

 

BACKGROUND: 

The pool is within the Hollymead PUD, which was first established by a special use permit in 1972. The site is located along Hollymead Drive, approximately one-quarter mile east of its intersection with Route 29 (Seminole Trail). The pool is surrounded by residential uses primarily but shares an entrance and parking with the Silver Thatch Inn. The pool has adequate parking and it is expected that most users of the pool would still be from the Hollymead PUD and would walk.

 

DISCUSSION/FINDINGS:

The applicant is not proposing physical changes with this special use permit that would increase impacts to adjoining residences. The pool would remain open to residents of the Hollymead PUD and they would still be given priority opportunity to join the pool. VDOT has identified a safety concern with sight distance at the entrance to the pool. The applicant has agreed to work with VDOT to correct the problem, which involved removal of shrubs. 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

Staff recommends approval of SP 2005-013 with the following conditions:

 

1.         Family memberships, not including residents of the Hollymead PUD, shall not exceed 75.

2.         Prior to the issuance of a Zoning Clearance for the commercial swim club, the applicant shall provide sight distance at the entrance/exit to the property onto Hollymead Drive to the satisfaction of the Virginia Department of Transportation.

 

Section 5.1.15 Supplemental Regulations:

Staff recommends approval of modifications to Section 5.1.16.a and 5.1.16.b of the Zoning Ordinance with the condition that existing vegetation be maintained to continue screening the pool. Also, staff recommends that a concession stand be permitted within the pool house, in accordance with Section 5.1.16.e.

 

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