Albemarle County Planning Commission

February 26, 2008



The Albemarle County Planning Commission held a meeting and public hearing on Tuesday, February 26, 2008, at 6:00 p.m., at the County Office Building, Lane Auditorium, Second Floor, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, Virginia.


Members attending were Thomas Loach; Bill Edgerton; Jon Cannon, Vice Chairman; Linda Porterfield, Marcia Joseph and Calvin Morris, Chairman. Eric Strucko was absent.  Julia Monteith, AICP, non-voting representative for the University of Virginia was absent. 


Other officials present were Bill Fritz, Chief of Current Development; Tamara Ambler, Natural Resource Manager; Joan McDowell, Principal Planner; Gerald Gatobu, Senior Planner; Glenn Brooks, County Engineer; Wayne Cilimberg, Director of Planning and Greg Kamptner, Deputy County Attorney. 


Call to Order and Establish Quorum:


Mr. Morris called the regular meeting to order at 6:02 p.m. and established a quorum.



Old Business


Mr. Morris asked if there was any old business. 


SP-2008-00027 Emmanuel Episcopal Church – Waiver for disturbance of critical slopes (Joan McDowell)


Mr. Morris noted that last week the Planning Commission did not look at the waiver for disturbance for critical slopes on this request.


Ms. McDowell said that this is a housekeeping item concerning a critical slopes waiver request that was not acted on last week.  The County Engineer is present to answer any questions.  This is concerning where one of the new buildings is being proposed to the rear of the property.  There is quite a lot of critical slope in the shaded area around the building and to the rear of the property.  In the County Engineer’s review it was determined that it might be a little more critical slope disturbance than the applicant had originally proposed, but the recommendation was still for approval. 


Mr. Cannon asked the amount of critical slope disturbance.


Ms. McDowell replied that the applicant had asked for a disturbance of no more than 2,000 square feet.  But, it was determined that there might be an addition to that. 


Mr. Brooks said that it was about 1/3 to ½ an acre of disturbance.  There are basically 3 dips in the topography and each of those areas would have a sediment trap built into it.  Each one of those areas would be disturbed for a portion.


Ms. Joseph asked if that is not exempt from erosion and sediment control, and Mr. Brooks replied that is a call that they have to make as staff.  When there is room to revise the site layout and an approach where they don’t have to do that staff brings it to the Commission because it is not avoidable and there are alternatives. 


Ms. McDowell added that the applicant did change the location of the structure at staff’s request. So this avoided as much critical slopes as they could and get the same size building.


Mr. Cannon asked what does avoidable mean.


Mr. Brooks said that means that they would have to scale back the development or move it all over to the right side behind the existing house.  It would involve similar layout of the property or they would put the building on the street side instead of the critical slopes side of the lot.  But, he was just throwing out ideas.


Mr. Cannon noted that there might be up sides and down sides to those alternatives as well.


Mr. Brooks agreed noting that staff does not feel comfortable deciding that and leaves it up to the Commission.


Ms. Joseph asked if with appropriate erosion and sediment control measures is this something that he could support, and Mr. Brooks replied yes.


Mr. Morris noted that the applicant was not present.  There being no further discussion, he asked for a motion.


Action on Critical Slopes Waiver:


Motion: Mr. Loach moved, Mr. Edgerton seconded to approve the waiver of Section 4.2 for critical slopes with regards to SP-2008-00027, Emmanuel Episcopal Church. 


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


Mr. Morris said that the critical slopes waiver for SP-2008-00027, Emmanuel Episcopal Church was approved.



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