COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
A special use permit is requested to allow residential uses in an office building in the C1 Commercial Zoning District; Critical Slopes waiver is also requested.
PLANNING COMMISSION DATE:
March 14, 2006
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DATE:
April 5, 2006
OWNER/APPLICANT: Lewis LLC of Troy (Charles Lewis) is the property owner and the applicant is The Gaines Group (Charles Hendricks).
The applicant proposes to construct a multi-story mixed use building on a 0.55 acre site located on Westfield Road, near its intersection with Seminole Trail (Route 29). Office uses are proposed for lower levels of the building and two two-bedroom apartments (condos) are proposed for the third floor. A special use permit application (SP 05-033) and a preliminary site development plan (SDP 05-136) have been submitted for concurrent review.
Special use permit approval, in accordance with Section of the Zoning Ordinance, is needed to allow residential uses in the C1 Zoning District. If no residential uses were proposed, the site could potentially be developed commercially with only the requirement of a site development plan.
Staff has reviewed the request for potential impacts or negative effects of the residential units at this location. Staff believes the limited amount of residential proposed would not be incompatible with the office uses proposed or the surrounding neighborhood. Development of this property does impact a small area of critical slopes and requires a waiver from the Planning Commission.
Factors favorable to this request:
Factors unfavorable to this request:
Staff recommends approval of the special use permit request with conditions. Staff also recommends approval of the Critical Slopes Waiver for modifications to Section 4.2 with conditions.
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