Albemarle County Planning Commission

June 6, 2006


The Albemarle County Planning Commission met on Tuesday, June 6, 2006 and held a meeting and a public hearing at 6:00 p.m., at the County Office Building, Room 241, Second Floor, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, Virginia. Members attending were Eric Strucko, Bill Edgerton, Jo Higgins, Jon Cannon, Marcia Joseph, Chairman and Calvin Morris, Vice-Chairman. Absent was Pete Craddock.  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 Elaine Echols, Principal Planner; Bill Fritz, Development Review Manager;  Keith Lancaster, Senior Planner; Claudette Grant, Senior Planner; Judy Wiegand, Senior Planner; David Pennock, Principal Planner and Greg Kamptner, Deputy County Attorney.


Call to Order and Establish Quorum:


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


            Public Hearing Items:


ZMA 2006-004 Albemarle County Service Authority – Crozet Property (Sign #72)

PROPOSAL:  Request to amend a proffer to extend the sunset date from 2006 to 2016, for use of a contractor's equipment storage yard and warehouse facilities at the site.


EXISTING COMPREHENSIVE PLAN LAND USE/DENSITY:  Crozet Master Plan Hamlet CT4 - mixed residential and commercial uses (net 4.5 units per acre for single family detached and attached units and duplexes; net 12 units per acre for townhouses and apartments; net 18 units per acre for mixed use). 


LOCATION:  4675 Three Notch'd Road

TAX MAP/PARCEL: TM 57 Parcel 29B


STAFF:  Judy Wiegand


·         Ms. Wiegand summarized the staff report. This zoning map amendment is to extend the sunset date in the proffer.  As it states in the staff report it is set to expire in 2006 later this year.  The applicant desires to extend it for ten more years to 2016.  This is basically a very simple straight forward request for a change in date.  There has been no site plan submitted with it.  Staff received an email this morning from a neighbor the Ergenbrights. They do not oppose the extension of the sunset date and are comfortable with that.  But, they raised three concerns or three issues:

1.       Screening – They expressed concerns about the Entrance Corridor.  They asked for some more screening on the property.  There is some screening there now.  On a site visit she checked all of that out.  There appeared to be enough screening that it meets the current requirements.  They also asked for screening on 240 on the other side of the street to screen the retention basin.  It is shown as the little blue dot on the plan.  But, that is really not related to what is before the Commission tonight.

2.       Entrances on to Route 240 – There are three entrances on to Route 240.  On the site visit she found that there was not an extensive amount of traffic.  She did not have any troubling pulling in and out of the site in a car.  In the email the Ergenbrights did mention that some trucks back into the site to the loading dock, which would be the third entrance that is on the extreme right of the property as shown on the plan.  VDOT has not recommended or required any changes.  They really don’t have any mechanisms with this to do that because there is no site plan being part of the plan.

3.       Noise Issue – They expressed a concern about the noise.  She spoke with the applicant and he indicated that there is very little noise generated by either the current use or the tenant, Paul’s Lawnmower Service.  This use has been here since the mid 1960’s.  The area is zoned Light Industrial, which is the area where they envision having land uses that might have some amount of noise involved.  She did not feel that was an issue that the Commission needed to be worried about because she was not sure there was noise now.  But, staff would be happy to be directed by the Commission on that.


Ms. Joseph pointed out that there is a noise ordinance which would be enforced if there were any problems here.


Ms. Wiegand said that she had received no complaints from the public about this.  This was the only phone call or email that came in. 


Ms. Joseph asked if anyone had any questions for Ms. Wiegand.  There being none, she opened the public hearing and asked if the applicant would like to speak on this.


Gary Fern, Director of the Albemarle County Service Authority, introduced himself as Bill Brent’s replacement. For the last 25 years he has been in consulting engineering and is a professional engineer and has sat through numerous Planning Commission meetings. 


Mr. Morris asked what he thought about the three entrances.  He asked if all three entrances were needed.


Mr. Fern said that he had been to the site twice, which was not in regards to this application.  In looking at it he would note that one of the entrances was solely dedicated to the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority in order to get their trucks back to the loading dock for chemical and other equipment.  So that entrance is necessary.  The middle entrance is for the lawnmower service.  The far entrance is used very sporadically by our own trucks in order to get to equipment that they might store from time to time in that third area.  What they don’t want to do is to be driving through the space that Paul’s Lawnmower is renting.  So they sometimes take that third route.  But, he would certainly look at that a little closer.


Mr. Edgerton noted that the Commission is always asking people to limit the number of entrances.


Ms. Higgins noted that the activity when there is peak traffic she has never seen any tractor trailers.  There is a new fence up and it is gated.  So it is not like people are driving in and out of that one without somebody going in and opening that gate.  So that entrance to the far right is not used very often.  There is good site distance.  There is not a lot of activity on the far entrance.  It is the center entrance that is used most and she has never seen anyone sitting and waiting to pull out.  She drives through that area to Crozet possibly two times a day. 


There being no further questions, Ms. Joseph invited public comment.  There being none, she closed the public hearing to bring the matter before the Commission.


Motion:  Mr. Morris moved, Mr. Cannon seconded, to recommend approval of ZMA-2006-04, Albemarle County Service Authority – Crozet property to extend the sunset date from 2006 to 2016, for use of a contractor’s equipment storage yard and warehouse facilities at the site.


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


Ms. Joseph stated that ZMA-2006-04, Albemarle County Service Authority – Crozet would go before the Board of Supervisors on July 5, 2006 with a recommendation for approval.


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