Albemarle County Planning Commission

March 14, 2006


The Albemarle County Planning Commission held a meeting and a public hearing on Tuesday, March 14, 2006, at 6:00 p.m., at the County Office Building, Room 241, Second Floor, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, Virginia. Members attending were Bill Edgerton, Eric Strucko, Jon Cannon, Calvin Morris, Vice-Chairman, Pete Craddock and Jo Higgins.  Marcia Joseph, Chairman was absent. Julia Monteith, Senior Land Use Planner for the University of Virginia, representative for David J. Neuman, FAIA, Architect for University of Virginia was absent. 


Other officials present were Wayne Cilimberg, Planning Director; Keith Lancaster, Senior Planner; David Pennock, Planner; Bill Fritz, Chief of Current Development; Sean Dougherty, Senior Planner; Francis MacCall, Senior Planner; Rebecca Ragsdale, Senior Planner; Amelia McCulley, Zoning and Current Development Director/Zoning Administrator; Mark Graham, Director of Community Development and Greg Kamptner, Deputy County Attorney.


Call to Order and Establish Quorum:


Mr. Morris called the regular meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. and established a quorum.


SP 2005-033 Westfield Road Center (Sign #62)

PROPOSED: 3-Story approx. 9,500 Sq. Ft building for office use with 2 residential units on approx 0.55 acres.

ZONING CATEGORY/GENERAL USAGE: C-1 Commercial-retail sales and service uses and residential uses by special use permit; EC Entrance Corridor overlay.

SECTION: Special Use Permit, which allows for residential uses allowed in Section 18 R-15 Residential (15 units/acre) in the C-1 Zoning District.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN LAND USE/DENSITY: Community Service-community-scale retail, wholesale, business and/or employment centers, and residential (6.01-34 units/acre).

LOCATION: Tax Map 66W, Section 2, Block B, Parcel 1A; on the south side of Westfield Rd. (Rt. 1452), approx. 300 ft. from the intersection of Seminole Trail (Rt. 29) and Westfield Road.


STAFF:  Rebecca Ragsdale



Ms. Ragsdale summarized the staff report.



There being no questions for staff, Mr. Morris opened the public hearing and invited the applicant to come forward.


Charles Hendricks stated that he works for the architectural firm representing this project and is available for any questions the Commission might have about the proposal.


Mr. Morris asked if there were any questions for the applicant.  There being none, he invited public comment.  There being none, he closed the public hearing to bring the matter back before the Commission.


Ms. Higgins asked staff if this parcel was within the limits of review for the ARB.


Ms. Ragsdale stated yes, that this request went to the ARB as part of the site plan review.  Staff referenced the ARB regarding the retaining walls.  The request has conditional approval from the ARB regarding the architecture.  There are a few things that the applicant has to run by the ARB staff such as the retaining walls with regards to the critical slopes.  But, it has been to the ARB with favorable recommendations with conditions.


Action on SP-2005-033 Westfield Road Center:


Motion: Ms. Higgins moved, Mr. Strucko seconded, to recommend approval of SP-2005-033, Westfield Road Center, with the following two conditions as recommended in the staff report.

  1. The site shall be developed in general accord with all sheets of the plan entitled “Westfield Road Center,” date February 28, 2006 and prepared by The Gaines Group;
  2. A maximum of 2 residential units may be permitted


The motion passed by a vote of 6:0.  (Commissioner Joseph was absent.)


Action on Critical Slopes Waiver:


Motion: Mr. Edgerton moved, Mr. Craddock seconded, to approve the critical slopes waiver for SP-2005-033, Westfield Road Center, with the following recommended condition.

1.       Peak rate and velocity of runoff shall be controlled to pre-development levels


The motion passed by a vote of 6:0.  (Commissioner Joseph was absent.)


Mr. Morris stated that SP-2005-033, Westfield Road Center, would go to the Board of Supervisors on April 5, 2006 with a recommendation for approval.  Also, the critical slopes waiver was approved.



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