August 23, 2007



Francis Lawrence

416 Park Street

Charlottesville, VA 22902


RE:      SP 2007-00022 Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center Access Road (Sign #49, 50, 54)

           SP 2007-00024 Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center

           Tax Map 62, Parcel 23



Dear Ms. Lawrence:


The Albemarle County Planning Commission, at its meeting on August 14, 2007, recommended approval by a vote of 4:0 of the above-noted petition to the Board of Supervisors.


Please note that this approval is subject to the following conditions:


Regarding SP 2007-00022

1.    The applicant must obtain a map revision, letter of revision, or letter of amendment as required from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and copy the County Engineer on all correspondence.

2.       The fill slope must be protected against possible scour during the 100-year storm, and must not exceed that shown in the application plan.

3.       Army Corps of Engineers, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and other necessary state and federal agency approvals must be obtained prior to issuance of grading permits.


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Regarding SP 2007-00024

  1. The site shall be developed in general accord with all sheets of the plan entitled “Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center,” revised October 18, 2005 and prepared by Nelson, Byrd, Woltz. Setbacks indicated in the table on sheets L3.1 and L3.2 do not set increased minimum setbacks;
  2. The top of the Lookout Tower, measured in elevation above mean sea level, shall not exceed [AMSL + 35].  The approved height shall at no time be taller than the tallest tree within twenty-five (25) feet of the Lookout Tower, and shall include any base, foundation or grading that raises the tower above the pre-existing natural ground elevation;
  3. A maximum of twelve (12) special events, in accordance with Section 5.1.42.i, are authorized per calendar year;
  4. A maximum of four (4) festivals, in accordance with Section 5.1.42.j, are authorized per calendar year;
  5. A lighting plan and a landscaping plan shall be submitted, reviewed, and approved by the Architectural Review Board prior to final site plan development plan approval;
  6. In accordance with Section, a twenty (20) percent tree canopy shall be required for the site based on the disturbed area for the historical center building, parking, and access road;

7.       Prior to any grading or construction activity, the limits of the one hundred (100)-year flood plain and stream buffers, where adjacent to constructed proposed improvements including the amphitheater, timber fort, lookout tower, entrance road and retaining wall, shall be flagged at ten (10)-foot intervals by a land surveyor to prevent encroachment land disturbing activity, storage of construction equipment or materials, and actual construction of improvements during construction;

8.       Outdoor amplified noise is not allowed on site;

9.       As stipulated in the lease agreement between the applicant and the City and County, the proposed improvements are to be reviewed by the City and County prior to construction to make sure there are alternative uses available for the improvements should the venture fail, and

  1. Special Use Permit 2007-024 shall be valid 12 months from the date of the original approval and shall be expire on January 4, 2009.


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Please be advised that the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors will review this petition and receive public comment at their meeting on September 5, 2007.


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






Tamara Ambler

Watershed Manager II

Planning Division