COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Lewis and Clark Center – Phase I Plan

 

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Lewis and Clark Center Phase I Development Plan being provided for information only.

 

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Messrs. Tucker, Elliott, Davis, Herrick, Mullaney

 

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

June 6, 2007

 

ACTION:                                  INFORMATION:   

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

     ACTION:                             INFORMATION:  X

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:   No

 

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

 

BACKGROUND:

The lease agreement between the Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center and the City and County requires prior written consent from the City and County before improvements can be made to the leased area.  In addition, the special use permit approval for the Center included a condition that the proposed improvements are to be reviewed by the City and County prior to construction to make sure there are alternative uses should the venture fail.  The Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center has now decided on a Phase I development plan and is seeking consent from the City and County to proceed.  Construction is anticipated to begin in early 2008.

 

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

1.  Enhance the Quality of Life for all Albemarle County Residents.

2.  Protect the County’s Natural Resources

 

 

DISCUSSION:

The Phase I development plan includes the construction of a 20 foot wide gravel internal access road, thirty five gravel parking spaces and a 2500 square foot building.  Both the City and County Parks and Recreation Directors have reviewed the plans and are satisfied with the scope of the initial development and that the resulting facility could serve an alternative public use if vacated by the Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center in the future.  As the authorized signatories of the lease agreement, the County Executive and City Manager are authorized to provide written consent for the proposed improvements.  In order to provide information for consideration in deciding whether to provide that consent, the plan was presented to the Darden Towe Park Committee for review on February 21, 2007.  The Darden Towe Park Committee approved the Phase I Plan and agreed that the plan should be sent to the whole Board and Council as a consent agenda information item. 

 

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

The Phase I development plan has no budget impact on the City and County.

 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

This item is being presented for information only and no Board action is required.

 

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