Albemarle County Planning Commission

June 3, 2008



The Albemarle County Planning Commission held a meeting and public hearing on Tuesday, June 3, 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, Eric Strucko, Thomas Loach, Jon Cannon, Vice Chairman; Linda Porterfield and Calvin Morris, Chairman. Absent was Bill Edgerton.  Julia Monteith, AICP, non-voting representative for the University of Virginia was absent. 


Other officials present were John Shepherd, Manager of Zoning Administration; Megan Yaniglos, Senior Planner; Bill Fritz, Chief of Current Development 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.


Regular Items:



ZTA-2008-00001 Pole Lighting

Athletic field lighting – Amend Sections (Exceptions – limited) and 4.17.5 (Modification or waiver) of the Zoning Ordinance (Chapter 18 of the Albemarle County Code).  This ordinance would amend (1) section by adding poles that support outdoor luminaires for lighting athletic facilities as a class of structures exempt from the zoning district height regulations, provided that a modification is approved by the Planning Commission and (2) section 4.17.5 to establish procedural and substantive requirements for the commission to modify the height of such poles.  A copy of the full text of the ordinance is on file in the office of the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors and in the Department of Community Development, County Office Building, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, Virginia. (John Shepherd)


Motion:  Mr. Strucko moved, Mr. Loach seconded to recommend approval of ZTA-2008-00001, Pole Lighting as recommended by staff.


Ms. Joseph noted that one of the reasons she brought up Phil Ianna is because he is the one responsible for the county’s lighting ordinance.  Lately Mr. Ianna has noted that he wishes that the county would allow taller poles because there would be less lighting.  This would be effective in cutting off light pollution.   She expected to see Mr. Ianna here.


Mr. Shepherd noted that he would add that to the comment that goes to the Board.


Mr. Strucko pointed out that there is a need for athletic facilities in the community.  While land may be an issue, he thought that lighting can certainly widen the use of existing fields by extending usage hours reasonably. This is why he supported the zoning text amendment.


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


Mr. Morris said that ZTA-2008-00001, Pole Lighting will go before the Board of Supervisors on July 9 with a recommendation for approval.


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