COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
Department of Community Development
401 McIntire Road, Room 227
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902-4596
Phone (434) 296-5832 Fax (434) 972-4126
TO: Scott Clark
FROM: Margaret Maliszewski
RE: SP-2007-34 and SP-2007-35: First Church of the Nazarene
DATE: August 2, 2007
I have reviewed the SP Concept Plan with revision date of August 15, 2007, the site section illustration dated August 24, 2007 and the revised color site plan dated August 24, 2007 for the above-noted project. I have the following comments. Remaining recommendations are identified in bold.
Issue: Parking surrounding the church, future parking
Comments: The applicant has indicated that drainfield location is driving the location of the church, and that the parking surface will not be visible from Route 22, and that 75% of the parking is behind the face of the building. Relegating a significant portion of the parking is positive. However, a layout that surrounds the church with paving and parking, combined with the large size and scale of the proposed church, establishes a character that is urban or suburban. Emphasizing the building and further de-emphasizing parking areas and travelways would better support the remaining rural character of the area and the intent of the ARB Guidelines.
Recommendation: Consolidate the parking rather than surround the building with it. Use the building to buffer the parking from Route 22.
Issue: Retaining walls
Comments: The retaining wall issue has been resolved.
Issue: Impact of lighting on the Entrance Corridors
Issue: Buffer from I64
Comments: The development relies on off-site wooded area to meet ARB requirements as viewed from the north. Trees are still recommended along the north side of the site, but this can be handled during ARB review of the site plan. See recommendation, below.
Issue: EC landscape treatment
Issue: Parking lot landscaping
Comments: Landscaping has been revised so that the plan more closely meets the ARB Guidelines. However, all guidelines are still not met and, as noted previously, the ARB may require a different treatment along the Route 22 EC. The landscaping will be reviewed by the ARB in detail at the site plan review stage.
Recommendation: Add the following note to the plan: The landscaping shown on this plan does not meet ARB Guidelines and will be redesigned at preliminary and final site plan review to meet the Guidelines, as required by the ARB.
Issue: Detention pond
Comments: The detention pond has been moved from the east end of the site to the west end. The ARB will require that the pond be fully integrated into the landscape. This issue can be reviewed at the site plan review stage.
Issue: Architectural design
Comments: No further comments at this time.
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