November 27, 2006



Rev. Anthony Andres

795 Elk Mtn. Road

Afton VA 22920



RE:      SP 2004-029 Holy Cross Episcopal Church (Sign #28);


            SDP 2006-085 Holy Cross Episcopal Church
Tax Map 84 Parcel 61



Dear Rev. Andres:


The Albemarle County Planning Commission, at its meeting on November 7, 2006, unanimously recommended approval of SP-2004-029, Holy Cross Episcopal Church, subject to staff’s recommended conditions, as amended, with the deletion of conditions 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9 and to amend condition 1 to leave the date open for now until a new dated plan is submitted.


1.       The church’s improvements and the scale and location of the improvements shall be developed in general accord with the conceptual plan entitled “Application Plan SP 2004-29” ,” prepared by Lum’s Land Surveys, Inc., and [insert new date when a new dated plan is submitted.]

2.       There shall be no day care center or private school on site without approval of a separate special use permit;

3.       Construction of the proposed addition shall commence within 5 years of the date of approval of this special use permit or the permit shall expire.

4.       The proposed new entrance must be approved by the Virginia Department of Transportation. The note requesting approval of continued use of the existing entrance shall be removed from the conceptual plan.

5.       The existing entrance may be used as a right-turn-out-only exit, provided that directional signage is provided to VDOT’s satisfaction.

6.       The design of the addition is subject to review and approval by the Historic Preservation Planner. This review shall occur with the building permit application. The Historic Preservation may require roof pitches, exterior materials, and window designs similar to those of the existing church, as well as minor changes to the footprint of the addition, as compared to the footprint illustrated on the concept plan, for the purposes of protecting the historic character of the existing church and/or providing sufficient visual compatibility with the existing church.

7.       The applicants shall provide a vegetative buffer consisting of a mix of evergreen and deciduous trees, including some fast growing species, along the west property line to provide year-round screening. The buffer shall extend from the edge of pavement of Route 635 southward 130’. The buffer shall have a minimum width of 20’ except that the planting width may be reduced as necessary at the entrance to the site from Route 635 to accommodate sight distance. The vegetative buffer shall be planted prior to issuing a Certificate of Occupancy for the addition. The vegetative buffer shall be shown on a site plan and is subject to approval by the Landscape Planner.

8.       Any new outdoor building and site lighting shall be provided by full cutoff fixtures. The note regarding the current lighting provisions shall be removed from the conceptual plan.

9.       The applicants shall provide storm water management facilities to reduce the impact of site drainage on properties downhill along Route 635 to the satisfaction of the County Engineer. The facilities shall be shown on a site plan.



Regarding SDP 2006-085

The Planning Commission unanimously approved SDP-2006-0085, Holy Cross Episcopal Church, subject to the following condition:


1.       In accordance with Section 32.6.6.j. outdoor lighting information including a photometric plan and location, description, and photograph or diagram of each type of outdoor luminaire shall be submitted for any proposed lighting on the site.


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Please be advised that the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors will review SP 2004-029 Holy Cross Episcopal Church and receive public comment at their meeting on December 6, 2006.


If you should have any questions or comments regarding the above noted action, please do not hesitate to contact me at (434) 296-5832.






Scott Clark

Senior Planner

Planning Division