November 28, 2005



Keith Whipple

P.O. Box 8147

Charlottesville, VA 22906



RE:      ZMA 2004-011 Charlottesville Power Equipment;

            SP 2004-036 Charlottesville Power Equipment – Fill in floodplain;

            SP 2004-037 Charlottesville Power Equipment – Outdoor sales and display; and

            Critical Slopes Waiver Request.

            Sign #37 (Tax Map 78, Parcels 4A1 and 4B)



Dear Mr. Whipple:


The Albemarle County Planning Commission, at its meeting on November 15, 2005, recommended approval of the above-noted petitions to the Board of Supervisors.


Regarding ZMA-2004-011:


The Planning Commission recommended approval by a 4:3 vote, subject to the amended proffers as offered by the applicant to increase the buffering and the fence be opaque.


·         The additional buffering to be provided included taller vegetation/evergreens.



Regarding SP-2004-036:


The Planning Commission recommended approval by a 5:2 vote, subject to the conditions recommended in the staff report as amended.


  1. A letter of map amendment or a letter of map revision must be obtained from FEMA, if required.
  2. Copies of state and federal permits (DEQ, Army Corps of Engineers) must be provided.



Regarding SP-2004-037:


The Planning Commission recommended approval by a 4:3 vote, subject to the following conditions, as amended.

  1. Site lighting shall be limited to the satisfaction of the ARB, as illustrated in the conceptual lighting plan, prepared by Terra Partners, dated October 12, 2005.          
  2. The storage yard fence shall be of material, character, and design that are coordinated with the building, as approved by the ARB.
  3. Regarding items for storage/display:
    1. Equipment shall be stored/displayed only in areas indicated for storage/display on the “Display Area Exhibit” plan dated October 12, 2005.
    2. Items located in the storage lot on the north side of the building shall not exceed 10 feet in height.
    3. Items located in the storage/display areas under the two easternmost awnings on the south side of the building shall be limited to small lawn mowers, rototillers, and other similarly sized items. Items on display shall not extend into sidewalk, landscape, or parking areas.
    4. Items located under the tower shall be fully contained within the structure of the roofed tower, as shown on the architectural elevation drawing sheet A3 (East/front Elevation) and A5 (South Elevation), plan prepared by C.W. Hurt Contractors, last revised December 28, 2004.
    5. Items for sale/storage/display shall not be elevated anywhere on the site.
  4. Retaining wall materials are subject to ARB approval and shall be indicated on the ARB-approved site development plan.



Regarding action on Critical Slopes Waiver:


The Planning Commission recommended approval by a 5:2 vote, subject to the following conditions:


1.       Placement of the landscape buffer along the edge of the storage yard facing the river shall be provided.

2.       Increase evergreen screening along the ARB evaluated fence line between the river and the storage area.  Provide shade tolerant trees.

3.       The site plan shall come back before the Planning Commission for review.


View executive summary

View staff report and attachments

View PC minutes

Return to December 7 executive summary


Please be advised that the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors will review these petitions and receive public comment at their meeting on December 7, 2005. Any new or additional information regarding your applications must be submitted to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors at least seven days prior to your scheduled hearing date.


If you should have any questions or comments regarding the above noted actions, please do not hesitate to contact me at (434) 296-5832.






Judith Wiegand

Senior Planner

Planning Division