COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Resolutions of Intent – Frontage and Road Requirements

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Resolutions of Intent to amend the zoning ordinance and subdivision ordinance requirements for roads associated with subdivisions and frontage for newly created lots

 

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Messrs. Tucker, Foley, Davis, and Graham, and Ms. McCulley

 

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

February 6, 2008

 

         ACTION:                         INFORMATION:   

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

        ACTION:   X                     INFORMATION:   

 

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:   Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

 

 

BACKGROUND:

At the January 9th Board meeting, the Board received a memo from Amelia McCulley outlining ways that property has been subdivided without road standards and/or inadequate road frontage.  As a result of that information, the Board instructed staff to prepare two Resolutions of Intent to modify County ordinances to correct these problems.  The attached Resolutions of Intent address that direction.  

 

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Effectively manage growth and development

 

 

DISCUSSION:

The attached Resolution of Intent for the Subdivision Ordinance would amend the Subdivision Ordinance to increase the minimum design and construction standards for private streets serving two lots to the standards that currently apply to private streets serving three to five lots.  It would also require that all lots created from the subdivision of an existing parcel share the same entrance to an existing public or private street.  This addresses the issue of 2 lot subdivisions where there is no road standard and corrects the process nicknamed the “Albemarle Two Step” which has been used to avoid constructing road improvements. 

 

The attached Resolution of Intent for the Zoning Ordinance would amend the Zoning Ordinance to amend the lot frontage requirements to avoid back and front subdivisions where the only road frontage is effectively the driveway serving the lot.  It was noted at the January 9th Board meeting that there may be difficulty in crafting an ordinance amendment to close this loophole, but this resolution would give staff direction to further study this issue and provide possible solutions.  

 

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

No impacts identified, but further analysis will be done with drafting of ordinance amendments                     

 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends adoption of the attached Resolutions

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment A – Resolution of Intent to amend the Subdivision Ordinance

Attachment B – Resolution of Intent to amend the Zoning Ordinance

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