COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
ZMA 2004-11 CHARLOTTESVILLE POWER EQUIPMENT
SP 2004-36 FILL IN THE FLOODPLAIN
SP 2004-37 OUTDOOR DISPLAY IN AN ENTRANCE CORRIDOR
Request for Critical Slopes Waiver
ZMA 04-11 is a request to rezone approximately 2.142 acres from C-1 to HC. It is accompanied by SP 04-36 to allow filling the floodplain, by SP 04-37 to allow outdoor storage and display in an Entrance Corridor, and by an application for a Critical Slopes Waiver.
Judith C. Wiegand, AICP
PLANNING COMMISSION DATE:
November 15, 2005
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DATE:
December 7, 2005
Free Bridge Land Trust II; Charles WM Hurt & Shirley L. Fisher, Trustees.
The applicant, Charlottesville Power Equipment, is requesting this rezoning to allow construction of a 12,000 square foot, two-story building for equipment sales, offices, and limited repair and storage facilities. The application is accompanied by two SPs, one for fill in the floodplain and the other for outdoor storage and display in an Entrance Corridor. The applicant has also requested a critical slopes waiver. The application plan is included as Attachment A.
On November 16, 2004, staff presented Charlottesville Power Equipment to the Planning Commission in a worksession. The applicant requested the worksession in response to staff’s comments on the first project submittal. In their comments, staff expressed concern about the appropriateness of this use in this location, especially in close proximity to the Rivanna River and proposed greenway. Staff raised several questions for the Commission to consider and to provide guidance to staff. It was the consensus of the Commission that the proposed use would be appropriate at this location, depending on the design.
Staff has reviewed these four applications and believes that the rezoning will enable development of a difficult infill site, which might not otherwise be developed. The applicant has offered a plan for development that incorporates many of the principles of the Neighborhood Model. The site will feature a pedestrian connection to the adjacent greenway.
The applicant’s decision to provide access from Route 20 rather than Free Bridge Lane supports the County’s intention to convert Free Bridge Lane to a paved pedestrian path within the proposed greenway.
Staff has reviewed the request for a special use permit for fill in the floodplain and does not believe that the fill will have a significant impact on the flood-carrying capacity of the river because the amount of fill in the floodplain and on slopes off the travelway is small in comparison to the width of the floodplain and the river in this area.
Staff has reviewed the request for a special use permit to allow outdoor storage and display in an Entrance Corridor. The Architectural Review Board (ARB) reviewed this request for a special use permit and has no objection to the request for the rezoning or for the special use permit, with conditions.
Staff has reviewed the request for a critical slopes waiver and believes that the disturbance is necessary to develop the site, that many of the slopes to be disturbed are manmade, and that regrading will not adversely affect the stream valley.
Staff recommends approval of the zoning map amendment, the request to fill in the floodplain, the request for outdoor storage and display in an Entrance Corridor, and the waiver for modification of critical slopes.
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