COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Crozet Downtown Zoning District text amendment (ZTA 2007-005) and possible Zoning Map Amendment

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Update on status of new zoning regulations for Downtown Crozet

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Messrs. Tucker, Foley, Davis, Kamptner, Graham, and Cilimberg; and Ms. Ragsdale

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

March 5, 2008

 

     ACTION:                INFORMATION: 

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

    ACTION:                 INFORMATION:  X

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:   Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

 

BACKGROUND:

The Crozet Master Plan identifies the need for zoning changes in order to fully implement the Planís land use recommendations and goal of economic vitality for downtown Crozet.  Based on the urging of Crozet business and property owners, along with the endorsement of the Crozet Community Advisory Council, the Board of Supervisors initiated a project to amend the Albemarle County Zoning Ordinance for downtown Crozet when it adopted a resolution of intent and approved funding to hire a consultant in September 2006 (Attachment A).  The Crozet community specifically requested that zoning regulations related to land uses, building height, building setbacks, step backs, parking regulations, landscaping requirements and exterior lighting requirements be addressed by either an overlay zoning district or a new zoning district for downtown Crozet.

 

In May 2007, the consultant team of Community Planning + Design, in conjunction with Milt Herd and Bruce Dotson, began work with the Crozet community. The consultant team worked with staff, a Project Steering Committee established with members of the Crozet Community Association, Crozet Community Advisory Council and Downtown Crozet Association representatives.  Most importantly, the consultant team engaged the Crozet citizens in a series of community meetings to develop zoning concepts. The concepts that resulted from this work were then presented and discussed in a series of Planning Commission work sessions which began in September 2007. The entire public process to date for this project is summarized in Attachment B.

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

1.        Enhance the Quality of Life for all Albemarle County Residents. (Economic Vitality)

  1. Effectively Manage the Countyís Growth and Development.

 

DISCUSSION:

Based on the results of the public process and its subsequent review, the Planning Commission has recommended a draft outline of zoning regulations for a new Crozet Downtown Zoning District, along with boundaries for a potential County-initiated zoning map amendment. Staff will discuss these recommendations with the Board in a work session on March 17, 2008.

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

The Board approved $75,000 for consultant fees for the project on September 6, 2006. The consultantís contract for the project has ended. At the Boardís March 17 work session, staff will provide information on any anticipated budget impacts associated with the recommended zoning text amendments and zoning map amendments for Downtown Crozet.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

This update is provided as a status of the work done to date.  On March 17, staff will review the details of the recommendations and seek direction on next steps in the process.

 

ATTACHMENTS

  1. Board of Supervisors September 6, 2006 Resolution of Intent
  2. Crozet Downtown Zoning-Public Process Summary

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