SP 2006-00039, Pantops Veterinary Hospital (Signs # 54 & 55) 

PROPOSED: Special Use Permit (SP) request for Veterinary Hospital at Rivers Edge Offices in a 6,600 total square foot building on a 1.32 acre parcel.

ZONING CATEGORY/GENERAL USAGE: C-1 Commercial - retail sales and service uses; and residential use by special use permit (15 units/ acre)

SECTION: 22.2.2(5) and 5.1.11

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN LAND USE/DENSITY: Regional Service - regional-scale retail, wholesale, business and/or employment centers, and residential (6.01-34 units/acre) in Neighborhood 3 (Pantops) Development Area.


LOCATION: West side of Stony Point Road (Route 20), 0.1 miles north of its intersection with Richmond Road (Route 250)



STAFF: Rebecca Ragsdale


Ms. Ragsdale summarized the staff report and gave a power point presentation. 



Staff has identified the following factors favorable to this application:

1.      The Land Use Plan is supportive of the vet use.

2.      The vet use will be located in the ground level of the building and separated from surrounding uses.

3.      There will be no detrimental impacts on surrounding properties.


Staff has identified not identified unfavorable factors to this application. 


Based on the findings contained in this staff report, staff recommends approval of Special Use Permit 2006-39 with the conditions listed in the staff report with one recommended change to condition 4. Staff heard from the applicant regarding condition 4 for the outside area for the walking of animals, which previously said should be separated from access by the public and shall be limited to the floodplain area adjacent to the building as identified on Attachment F.  The Vet clients would come down the walkway and then have access to that area.  Therefore, staff did not feel that it was necessary to have it separated from access by the public when they were already defining the area.  The applicant was concerned that meant that they were going to require that it be fenced, which was not the intent.  Staff felt that what was before them was adequate.  The applicant provided some pictures of existing vets around the county demonstrating where they were located in more strict commercial areas and that they donít have the fenced in walking area..


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


Dr. Helen Stuart presented the application for a veterinary hospital that is within an already approved office building.  There are no changes to the existing site plan.  This is a use by special use.  Therefore, she was here today to ask for the Commission approval.  She has addressed all the provisions in Section 5.1.11 of the zoning ordinance as far as hours of operation and the separate entrance to the building.  Staff has addressed the one concern she had about the possible fencing.


There being no questions for the applicant, public comment was invited.  There being none, the public hearing was closed and the matter before the Commission.


Motion: Mr. Strucko moved, Mr. Morris seconded, to approve SP 2006-00039, Pantops Veterinary Hospital, subject to the conditions recommended by staff, as amended.


  1. The plan shows the building to be 3,300 square feet. Any additional square footage of the veterinary office and hospital use will require an amendment to this Special Use Permit (SP-2006-00039).
  2. No overnight boarding use, other than for those animals under medical care shall take place at the veterinary hospital.
  3. The building shall be sound-proofed and air-conditioned.

4.      The outside area for walking of animals shall be limited to the flood plain area adjacent to the building as identified in Attachment F.

  1. A separate entrance and exit shall be provided for the clinic in accordance with Section 5.1.11d;
  2. No outdoor exercise area shall be permitted.

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


Ms. Joseph stated that SP-2006-00039, Pantops Veterinary Hospital, would go before the Board of Supervisors on March 14, 2007 with a recommendation for approval.


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