Albemarle County Planning Commission

June 12, 2007

 

The Albemarle County Planning Commission held a meeting and public hearing on Tuesday, June 12, 2007, at 6:00 p.m., at the County Office Building, Auditorium, Second Floor, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, Virginia. Members attending were Bill Edgerton, Jon Cannon, Eric Strucko, Pete Craddock, Calvin Morris, Vice-Chairman and Marcia Joseph, Chairman. Duane Zobrist was absent.  Julia Monteith, AICP, Senior Land Use Planner for the University of Virginia was absent. 

 

Other officials present were Wayne Cilimberg, Planning Director; Amy Arnold, Planner; Rebecca Ragsdale, Senior Planner, Elaine Echols, Principal Planner; Scott Clark, Senior Planner; and Greg Kamptner, Deputy County Attorney.

 

Call to Order and Establish Quorum:

 

Ms. Joseph called the meeting order at 6:01 p.m. and established a quorum.

 

Regular Items:

 

SP-2007-00013 Stony Point Fire Addition (Sign #106)

PROPOSED: Expand existing fire station by adding outbuilding for storage and office uses.

ZONING CATEGORY/GENERAL USAGE: VR - Village Residential: agriculture, compact residential (0.7 unit/acre); EC - Entrance Corridor: Overlay to protect properties of historic, architectural or cultural significance from visual impacts of development along routes of tourist access

SECTION: 12.2.2.3, Fire and rescue squad stations (reference 5.1.09)

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN LAND USE/DENSITY:  Rural Areas - preserve and protect agricultural, forestal, open space, and natural, historic and scenic resources/ density (.5 unit/ acre)

ENTRANCE CORRIDOR: Yes

LOCATION: 3827 Stony Point Road (Route 20), 0.2 miles south of intersection of Route 20 and Route 600.

TAX MAP/PARCEL: Tax Map 48 Parcel 18D

MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT: Rivanna

(Scott Clark)

 

Mr. Clark summarized the staff report.

·         This is a special use permit request for an existing nonconforming fire station located in the Village of Stony Point on Route 20, which is an Entrance Corridor.  The proposal is to add a 26’ X 46’ building for storage and office uses to the existing fire station.  The expansion is only for purposes of renovation to the fire station to provide space for ongoing uses.  There would not be any increases in staff members on the site. Because of that there will be no physical impacts or health and safety changes.  This is a result of ongoing renovation and not any expansion to the service.

·         Given the location of the addition there is no impact on the Entrance Corridor.  Given the fact that this is an existing station, there are no sufficient new impacts, and the special use permit would bring the use into conformity with the zoning ordinance, staff is recommending approval with the one condition in the staff report.

 

Ms. Joseph asked if there were any questions for Mr. Clark. There being none, the public hearing was opened and the applicant invited to address the Commission.

 

John Vermillion, President of the Board of Directors of the Stony Point Volunteer Fire Company, said that the existing facility has been in existence since 1976.  The building has not had any major renovation since 1976.  It is the oldest existing structure in the volunteer service in the County at the moment.  They have a great thing going on.  They have a vibrant volunteer fire company in their rural community. Because of it they need to renovate their facility for the comfort of the existing staff.  The biggest reason for the addition is to add a mechanical facility, a weight room and storage space to be able to free up the existing building to be able to put in a better kitchen facility and dormitories.  With their existing staff of approximately 30 active volunteers and 3 paid fire fighters during the day they have some folks that have to sleep on the coach and on additional cots.  They want to upgrade the facility to make it more comfortable.

 

Ms. Joseph asked if the septic was adequate.

 

Mr. Vermillion replied that there are 6 to 8 persons in the facilities at any given time, with the exception on meeting nights.  But, there would be no additional impact.

 

Ted Armentrout, Chief of the Fire Company, asked to clarify some things.  When they designed and built the existing building in 1976 volunteer fire companies were not running duty crews.  They all responded from home.  But, that dynamic has changed.  Stony Point is one of three companies in the County that maintains a crew on duty 24/7.  That is with the help of paid County staff on weekdays during the day time hours. But, it is all volunteers at nights and on weekends.  They need additional area to have space for the bunk room for the volunteers to have a place to sleep.  They are trying to reduce response time.

 

Mr. Craddock asked if they have to do a fund raiser to do this.

 

Mr. Armentrout replied no, that they have substantial support from the Board of Supervisors on this project.  The funds were approved April of last year.

 

Mr. Strucko asked if that was a loan arrangement.

 

Mr. Armentrout replied yes, that there was a loan arrangement.

 

There being no further questions for the applicant, Ms. Joseph invited other public comment.

 

There being no further public comment, the public hearing was closed and the matter placed before the Commission.

 

Mr. Strucko noted that to maintain the volunteer fire system adequate facilities for sleeping quarters is essential.  That is just a matter of fact.  Sleeping on couches in the middle of the meeting room and using cots will not work in the long term.  Therefore, he was 100 percent in support of this application.

 

Mr. Morris said that living in Key West he was definitely in favor of the request.

 

Motion:  Mr. Strucko moved, Mr. Edgerton seconded, to approve SP-2007-00013, Stony Point Fire Addition, with the condition recommended by staff.

 

1.       The fire station’s improvements and the scale and location of the improvements shall be developed in general accord with the conceptual plan entitled “Conceptual Plan SP-2007-00013,” prepared by Thomas B. Lincoln Land Surveyor Inc., and dated 3/22/07.

 

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

 

Ms. Joseph stated that SDP-2007-00013, Stony Point Fire Addition will go to the Board of Supervisors with a recommendation for approval on August 1.

 

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