COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

SP-2005-00021 AMERICAN SPIRIT INSTITUTE

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Request for Special Permit to allow operation of a private school in a CO commercial district.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STAFF:

Judith C. Wiegand, AICP

 

PLANNING COMMISSION DATE:

November 15, 2005

 

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DATE:

December 7, 2005

      

 

OWNER/CONTRACT PURCHASER:

Albemarle Professional Court Partnership, Dr. Mark Friedlander and Celia G. Hines.

 

PROPOSAL:

The applicant is requesting a special permit to operate a private school for massage and facials in a commercial district. The applicant already provides massages and facials to clients in this location. The school has been operating in violation of the Zoning Ordinance, which requires a special use permit for a private school in a CO (Commercial) district. The special use permit application is the means to rectify the violation.

 

BACKGROUND: 

Since filing the application for a special use permit, the applicant has indicated that she might want to expand the number of students in her classes. This may create parking problems in this location. In a letter received November 1, 2005, the applicant indicates that she has informed the manager of the building complex that she will not be renewing her lease, which ends January 31, 2006. She has requested an extension of the lease until June 2006, to allow her to move her business into new quarters.

 

DISCUSSION/FINDINGS:

Staff has reviewed this application and believes that the special use permit, as requested in the application, will be appropriate. Staff has explained that, when the applicant moves her business to a new location, a new special use permit may be required.

 

RECOMMENDATION:

Staff recommends approval of the application for a special use permit.

 

 

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