COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

ZMA 2005-010 Wachovia and Shops at Rio Road

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Rezone 1.836 acres from CO – Commercial Office to C-1 – Commercial to allow a partial redevelopment of the site and accommodate redevelopment of an adjacent parcel.

 

STAFF:

SEAN DOUGHERTY

 

PLANNING COMMISSION DATE:

April 11, 2006 Public Hearing

 

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DATE:

May 3, 2006

 

OWNER/APPLICANT:  The owner is Wachovia bank represented by Steve Messing of Unicorp National Development.

 

PROPOSAL:

The applicant is requesting a rezoning of 1.836 acres (the Wachovia Bank property) from CO to C-1 to allow for redevelopment of an adjacent property (zoned C-1) at the corner of Rio Road and Route 29. Specifically, the applicant would like to replace the Rio Road Superette and Heritage Memorials of Charlottesville with a new restaurant of 4,300 square foot restaurant and 11,000 square feet of retail. A rezoning of the bank property would be followed by a boundary line adjustment and the purchase of about one acre of land from the bank to support the developer’s plans for the adjacent property (Rio Road Superette and Heritage Memorials). No proffers accompany this request.

 

BACKGROUND: 

The property at the corner of Rio Road and Route 29 has been developed with the Rio Road Superette and Heritage Memorials for several decades. The applicant would like to redevelop the site with retail and restaurant uses by using a portion of the bank’s property. This would include shared and coordinated parking for the bank property and the redevelopment of the corner property.

Given the visibility of this site along two designated Entrance Corridors, the applicant took initial redevelopment concepts for the bank property and corner property before the Architectural Review Board on August 25, 2005. The ARB expressed concern regarding the initial concepts and offered the applicant direction so that an appropriate design solution for this prominent site could be composed. The ARB reviewed the applicant’s current proposal on February 6, 2006 and unanimously approved the applicant’s revised plan.

 

DISCUSSION/FINDINGS:

The request is found to be consistent with the Land Use Plan and with the Neighborhood Model in general.  The plan reflects the ARB’s feedback and comments.

 

Factors favorable to this request

 

Factors unfavorable to this request

 

RECOMMENDATION:

Staff recommends approval if a commitment to the proposed rezoning plan is made

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