Albemarle County Planning Commission

January 29, 2008



The Albemarle County Planning Commission held a meeting and work session on Tuesday, January 29, 2008, at 6:00 p.m., at the County Office Building, Lane Auditorium, Second Floor, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, Virginia.


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


Other officials present were Bill Fritz, Chief of Community Development; Megan Yaniglos, Planner; Wayne Cilimberg, Director of Planning; Rebecca Ragsdale, Senior Planner; Bill Letteri, Director of the Office of Facilities Development; Brenda Neitz, Budget Analyst of the Office of Management; David Benish, Chief of Planning and Greg Kamptner, Deputy County Attorney. 


Call to Order and Establish Quorum:


Mr. Morris called the regular meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. and established a quorum.


ZTA-2007-00006 Montalto

Monticello Historic District (MHD) – Scholar Housing – Zoning text amendment to amend the MHD regulations by adding Section 11.3.1(24) to allow “scholar housing” as a use permitted by right.  The existing density for new residential development authorized in the MHD is one dwelling unit per twenty-one acres, and the proposed zoning text amendment would not change that density.  (Joan McDowell)




ZMA-2007-00023 Montalto (Sign # 87 & 90)

PROPOSAL:  Rezone 329.68 acres from RA Rural Areas zoning district which allows RA -- Rural Areas: agricultural, forestal, and fishery uses; residential density (0.5 unit/acre) to MHD Monticello Historic District zoning district, a planned historic district to permit the restoration, preservation, education, programs, research and business activities related to the operation of a historic house museum and historic site at Monticello; residential density (1 unit / 21 acres)

PROFFERS:  Yes____No X

EXISTING COMPREHENSIVE PLAN LAND USE/DENSITY:  Rural Areas - preserve and protect agricultural, forestal, open space, and natural, historic and scenic resources/ density (.5  unit/ acre)


LOCATION: 1400 Montalto Loop Road, Route 53 at the entrance to Monticello

TAX MAP/PARCEL: TMP 77-31; TMP 77-31B; TMP 78-25A

MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT: Scottsville (Joan McDowell)


Ms. McDowell presented a power point presentation and explained the staff reports.  (See Staff Report)


Mr. Morris invited the applicant to address the Commission.


Mike Mathews, representative for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, introduced Mike Merriam, Director of Building and Grounds at Monticello and Valerie Long.  He presented a power-point presentation and discussed the proposal.


In summary, a work session on ZTA-2007-00006 Montalto and ZMA-2007-00023 Montalto was held by the Planning Commission.  In a power point presentation, staff reviewed the applicant’s proposal. The Commission reviewed and discussed the proposal, answered the questions posed by staff and made comments and suggestions.  The applicant made a presentation.  Public comment was taken.  No formal action was taken.


The Planning Commission made the following comments regarding the questions posed by staff regarding the following issues:


ISSUE 1:  The proposed uses should meet the purpose and intent of the MHD


Do the proposed uses provide a consistent link with the study of Jefferson and to the operation of a historic house and site?


·         The Planning Commission agreed that the proposed uses provide a consistent link with the study of Jefferson and to the operation of a historic house and site. 


ISSUE 2:  The access to the site is from a narrow access road and parking is limited on-site.


Should additional information regarding shuttle service and on-site parking be provided?

            Shuttle service for day visitors from Monticello

            Does Monticello have enough parking?

            Resident Parking

            Worker Parking

            Overflow parking

            Impervious surfaces


·         The Planning Commission supports the alternatives of getting people to the site in lieu of parking on the mountain, but they need to make sure there is a guarantee of clearing of ice and snow.  The Planning Commission wanted to make sure that Monticello has enough parking to accommodate these uses, which is part of the analysis that staff will do during the review of the applications.



ISSUE 3:  Allowable density – 1 house per 21 acres (MHD)


Should the applicant commit to limit residences to scholar residences only and restrict potential future residential divisions?


Zoning determined that scholar residences are dwelling units and do count toward density

            RA – 16 development rights; 13 – 21 ac. Lots (29 lots possible)

            MHD – 15 – 21 ac. Lots

            8 – 10 scholar residences


·         The Planning Commission was in accord with need to define scholar housing.


·         The Planning Commission was comfortable that the application plan would establish what they can do and will preclude subdivision; additional limits are not necessary.


ISSUE 4:  Little is known about the property outside the project area limits.


Would the Planning Commission like additional information and commitments regarding possible uses on the remainder of the property?


            Feasibility study mentions possible vineyard and overflow parking

            Easement being discussed



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