Albemarle County Planning Commission

August 26, 2008



The Albemarle County Planning Commission held a meeting and public hearing on Tuesday, August 26, 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, Linda Porterfield, Eric Strucko, Jon Cannon, Vice Chairman, Bill Edgerton. and Calvin Morris, Chairman. Julia Monteith, AICP, non-voting representative for the University of Virginia was absent. 


Other officials present were Summer Frederick, Senior Planner; Rebecca Ragsdale, Senior Planner; Mark Graham, Director of Community Development, Amelia McCulley, Director of Zoning/Zoning Administrator; Ron Higgins, Chief of Zoning; Wayne Cilimberg, Director of Planning; 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.


            Public Hearing Items:


SP-2008-00020 Airport Office Center

PROPOSED: Special use permit request for stand alone parking.

ZONING CATEGORY/GENERAL USAGE: CO - Commercial Office: offices, supporting commercial and service uses; and residential use by special use permit (15 units/ acre); EC Entrance Corridor - Overlay to protect properties of historic, architectural or cultural significance from visual impacts of development along routes of tourist access

SECTION: 23.2.2(4) Stand alone parking and parking structures (reference 4.12, 5.1.41)

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN LAND USE/DENSITY:  Neighborhood Density - residential (3-6 units/acre) and supporting uses such as religious institutions and schools and other small-scale non-residential uses


LOCATION: TAX MAP/PARCEL: Tax Map 32 Parcel 48




Ms. Frederick presented a power-point presentation and summarized the staff report. (See staff report)

·         Staff recommends approval of the special use permit for stand alone parking in accord with Section 18-4.12.11.


Mr. Morris invited questions for staff.


Ms. Joseph asked if Section 18-4.12.11 included a requirement for a maintenance agreement.


Ms. Frederick replied yes, that it required a maintenance agreement.


Mr. Edgerton noted that the site plan shows a second building and asked when the second building was built if it would no longer be stand alone parking. 


Ms. Frederick replied that was correct.  She pointed out that the reason that they need a special use permit at this point is because they want to subdivide off the section where the second building would go before building the second building, which creates a situation staff defines as stand alone parking.   It means that there is not a primary use on the parcel other than parking. 


Mr. Edgerton noted that some day what they see on the site plan will exist there theoretically unless a subsequent owner decides to come back and ask for a change. 


Ms. Porterfield questioned if all the buildings that could be built in the future will have enough parking so they won’t end up with any parcel that does not have enough parking.


Ms. Frederick replied that was correct.


Mr. Morris opened the public hearing and invited the applicant to address the Commission.


Virginia Hahn, property owner, said that the request was made because she could no longer keep the property up.  She was a senior citizen with severe health issues and had moved to another location in the state.  Since there were no buyers that wanted to buy the whole property, she would very much like to divide the property so that other buildings could eventually be built if someone else would like to do that.  They have owned the property since 1978 and have always maintained it.  To remove the existing parking for the proposed division would be somewhat costly as well as it would tear up the underground drainage, the curbs and everything that was put in.  They had plans to build the second building, but interest rates have gotten so high that they decided against it.


Mr. Morris invited public comment.  There being none, the public hearing was closed to bring the matter before the Commission.


Motion: Ms. Joseph moved and Mr. Strucko seconded to approve SP-2008-00020, Airport Office Center.


The motion passed by a vote of 7:0. 


Mr. Morris said that SP-2008-00020, Airport Office Center was approved.  It will be heard by the Board of Supervisors at a date to be determined.


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