Albemarle County Planning Commission

March 21, 2006

 

The Albemarle County Planning Commission held a meeting and a public hearing on Tuesday, March 21, 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, Calvin Morris, Vice-Chairman; Pete Craddock, Jo Higgins and Marcia Joseph, Chairman. Absent was Jon Cannon.  Julia Monteith, Senior Land Use Planner for the University of Virginia, representative for David J. Neuman, FAIA, Architect for University of Virginia was present. 

 

Other officials present were Wayne Cilimberg, Planning Director; Claudette Grant, Senior Planner; Bill Fritz, Development Review Manager; Sean Dougherty, Senior Planner; David Benish, Chief of Planning & Community Development and Greg Kamptner, Deputy County Attorney.

 

Call to Order and Establish Quorum:

 

Ms. Joseph called the regular meeting to order at 6:02 p.m. and established a quorum.

 

Public Hearing Item:

 

SP-2005-032 Rosewood Village Assisted Living at Hollymead Town Center (Signs #8, 34)

PROPOSED: Request for a special use permit to allow for a 70,000 sq. ft. assisted living facility on 1.25 acres.

ZONING CATEGORY/GENERAL USAGE: PD-MC Planned Development Mixed Commercial - large-scale commercial uses; and residential by special use permit (15 units/ acre); EC Entrance Corridor Overlay District.

SECTION: 25A.2.2.1 which allows assisted living facilities by special use permit in PDMC.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN LAND USE/DENSITY:  Town Center: designates compact, higher density area containing a mixture of businesses, services, public facilities, residential areas and public spaces, attracting activities of all kinds.

LOCATION: Tax Map 32 Parcel 41 D.  The property is located approximately 1,500 feet from U.S. Route 29 along Timberwood Boulevard in the Hollymead Town Center.

MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT: Rio

STAFF: Sean Dougherty

 

Ms. Higgins recused herself from SP-2005-032 due to a direct relationship through her mother with the existing Rosewood Village to avoid any appearance of impropriety. She left the room at 6:55 p.m.

 

Mr. Dougherty summarized the staff report.

 

This is a request for a special use permit to allow for a 67,291 square foot 96 bed assisted living facility within PD-MC zoning in Area C of the Hollymead Town Center.  This is in the northwest quadrant of the town center.  It will provide long term residential care for the elderly including special care units for residents with Alzheimer’s. 

 

The request is found to be generally consistent with the existing zoning, the land use plan and the Neighborhood’s Model.  Staff supports the application.

 

Factors Favorable to this request

 


 

Factors Unfavorable to this Request

 

Staff opinion is that this special use permit is consistent with Sections 5.1.13 and 31.2.4.1 of the Zoning Ordinance, the area’s Comprehensive Plan Designation, The Hollymead Design Guidelines, and the Neighborhood Model. Therefore, staff recommends approval, subject to the following conditions:

 

1.       Maximum usage is limited to ninety-six residents (96) residents in the facility

 

2.       No part of the assisted living facility site may be utilized for any activities other than those directly related to the adult care residence.

 

3.       The special use permit authorizes only an adult care residence which provides an assisted living level of service, as defined by 22VAC40-71 as provided under the Virginia Administrative Code.

 

4.       The site plan associated with Rosewood Village will not be signed until proffer 2.F. for Area C (ZMA 2001-999) is met.

 

The fourth condition was amended by zoning today and has been reviewed by the County Attorney.  The revised condition reads, “Neither a preliminary or final site plan, building permit, Certificate of Occupancy or any other permit shall be approved or issued for this project if the zoning administrator determines that the owners of Area C are in violation of proffer 2.F. for Area C (ZMA-2001-009).

 

There is one clarification under the review of Section 31.2.4.1 where staff had said that the applicant had submitted documentation for regulatory requirements for a nursing home.  That is not correct.  It is actually an assisted living facility.  The wrong words were used.  Everything else in the staff report is reflected correctly.  But, this is an assisted living level of service and not a nursing home, which is a little bit more intense. 

 

Staff presented a PowerPoint presentation showing the area of the proposal.  One slide showed the extension of Town Center Drive going out to Route 606, which will come in with proffers for A-1 and A-2. 

 

Mr. Strucko asked if Timberwood Boulevard was the road that was not yet constructed.

 

Mr. Dougherty stated that road has been constructed to a point.

 

Mr. Strucko asked if the road extends beyond that point from Airport Road where the fire house access was located.

 

Mr. Edgerton stated that the fire house access was on the other side of Airport Road.

 

Mr. Strucko stated that there was going to be some activity for the fire and rescue service at this institution.

 

Mr. Cilimberg stated that the road across Airport Road from the end of Timberwood Boulevard would be part of the future development to make a connection. It is not the road that will have the fire station located on it. 

 

Mr. Strucko asked if the fire station would have access to that road through the other connections.

 

Mr. Cilimberg stated that it would ultimately, but for the near term it would come out to Airport Road, up to Timberwood and then into this back side of Hollymead Town Center.  If you look where the C is located on the plan, then just to the left it is sitting over the extension that would occur ultimately of Meeting Street to the Lewis and Clark Boulevard.  But, that would have to come through a future development that is not before the County as yet. 

 

Ms. Joseph noted that one of the things staff had talked about was how residents of this facility would be able to walk to different parks.

 

Mr. Dougherty stated that was included on the site as outdoor patio green space and outdoor seating along Meeting Street, which would be used as a gathering place.  In Abington Place there is a rather large park that provides access back towards the green space, which is literally within 100 feet of the western corner.  The entrance to the greenways trails is also located within 100 feet.  There is a part in section A-1 that will be coming in for review.  That would essentially be all of the larger spaces. But, Timberwood Boulevard and this traffic circle are suppose to include small sort spaces carved out of the street walls, which would be essentially small plazas where a couple of benches would fit with some public art and those sorts of things.  That is in addition to the sidewalks and benches that are provided throughout the area. 

 

Mr. Cilimberg stated that Rosewood Village on Greenbrier Drive is probably within a similar distance of the greenway trail, which was part of the Rivanna Trail system.  There is probably not a lot of difference in distance between that location and the proximity to that trail off of Greenbrier and this location in proximity to this future greenway. 

 

Mr. Dougherty continued the Power Point presentation in order to show the Commission what is going on out there now. 

 

Ms. Joseph asked how many stories would be in this building.  Also, when the building plans come in will staff look at them to see if they are in compliance with the guidelines.

 

Mr. Dougherty stated that on the street the building would have four stories and on the interior of the site three stories.  When the building plans come in the site planner will review for compliance with the guidelines, and he will receive a copy.  He pointed out that it was a very attractive building.

 

Mr. Edgerton asked if the elevations will be part of the approval if the request is approved.

 

Mr. Dougherty stated that he was not sure and had not discussed that with the applicant, but that was not part of the conditions as written.

 

There being no further questions for staff, Ms. Joseph opened the public hearing and invited the applicant to address the Commission.

 

Ms. Taub, owner and applicant, stated that six years ago she came in front of most of the Commissioners for Rosewood Village on Greenbrier Drive, which is across from the Senior Center.  At that location they have 66 residents.  In this building they want to be able to accommodate another 84 units, which would be about 90 residents.  They have designed the building to have an urban look because they are in the Hollymead Town Center.  They are excited about the fact that it is very much located like their Greenbrier facility because it has the residential component like Branchlands, which is the residential component there.  This has this new residential component, which is very nice.  She felt that the green space and the amenities at Hollymead Town Center will be very beneficial for the families.  She felt that it was a good compliment both ways.  She pointed out that her husband was also present.

 

Ms. Joseph invited other public comment.  There being none, the public hearing was closed and the matter was before the Commission.

 

Mr. Morris stated that he liked to see this type of facility in the Hollymead Town Center.  He felt that it was very appropriate.

 

Mr. Strucko agreed.  He thanked staff for the broader context, which really helped him understand what is happening in and around this area.

 

Ms. Joseph supported the request because it is not going to be a detriment to the area and it really does conform to pretty much everything that they want happening in Hollymead Town Center.

 

Motion:  Mr. Morris moved, Mr. Edgerton seconded, to approve SP-2005-032, Rosewood Village Assisted Living at Hollymead Town Center with the conditions, as amended, recommended by staff.

 

1.       Maximum usage is limited to ninety-six residents (96) residents in the facility

 

2.       No part of the assisted living facility site may be utilized for any activities other than those directly related to the adult care residence.

 

3.       The special use permit authorizes only an adult care residence which provides an assisted living level of service, as defined by 22VAC40-71 as provided under the Virginia Administrative Code.

 

4.       Neither a preliminary or final site plan, building permit, Certificate of Occupancy or any other permit shall be approved or issued for this project if the zoning administrator determines that the owners of Area C are in violation of proffer 2.F. for Area C (ZMA-2001-009).

 

The motion passed by a vote of 5:0.  (Commissioner Cannon was absent.) (Commissioner Higgins abstained.) 

           

Ms. Joseph stated that SP-2005-032, Rosewood Village Assisted Living at Hollymead Town Center would go to the Board of Supervisors on April 12 with a recommendation for approval.

 

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