COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

                                                                    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

 

AGENDA TITLE: 

SP2005-30 Michael Caplin Boat Dock

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

The request is to install a private boat dock in the floodplain on the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir.

 

STAFF:

Tamara Jo Ambler

 

 

PLANNING COMMISSION DATE:

December 6, 2005

 

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DATE:

January 4, 2006

 

 

OWNER/APPLICANT:   

The South Fork Rivanna Reservoir is owned by the City of Charlottesville.  The Reservoir is managed by the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority which includes the daily management of the type of uses and structures that are allowed on the reservoir.  The proposed boat dock is intended to provide access for an adjacent property owner, Mr. Michael Caplain.

 

PROPOSAL:    

To install a private dock for boating, fishing, and bird watching on the adjacent South Fork Rivanna Reservoir (TMP 45-67A) to serve the adjacent Caplin property (TMP 45-187).  This is a special use request for a boat dock within the floodway in accordance with Section 30.3.05.2.1(2). 

     

 

BACKGROUND

This is the second boat dock request in several years, and at the time of this application, a new coordination process was being developed between Albemarle County, the City of Charlottesville, and Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority to address this issue.  The development of this new process took several months, and Mr. Caplin coordinated very closely with the County during this time.  Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority has reviewed the application and approved the construction permit for the dock, and the City of Charlottesville has supported the application by adding their signature to the special use permit application. 

 

 

 

DISCUSSION/FINDINGS

There are currently a number of boat docks already in place on the Reservoir.  The addition of the proposed dock would not appear create adverse impacts nor detract from the primary use of the Reservoir, which is a public water supply reservoir.  Staff does recognize, however, that a proliferation of residential boat docks could potentially detract from that primary use.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

Staff is recommending approval of the request with conditions associated with lighting and restricting impacts to the required 200 ft. vegetative stream buffer.

 

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