Albemarle County Planning Commission

September 9, 2008



The Albemarle County Planning Commission held a meeting, work session and public hearing on Tuesday, September 9, 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, Jon Cannon, Vice Chairman; Bill Edgerton, Linda Porterfield and Calvin Morris, Chairman.  Absent were Marcia Joseph and Eric Strucko.  Julia Monteith, AICP, non-voting representative for the University of Virginia was absent. 


Other officials present were Rebecca Ragsdale, Senior Planner; David Benish, Chief of Planning; Megan Yaniglos, Senior Planner; Scott Clark, Senior Planner; Wayne Cilimberg, Director of Planning; Bill Fritz, Chief of Current Development; Mark Graham, Director of Community 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.


AFD-2008-00004 Free Union

Review of the Free Union Agricultural/Forestal District: Periodic (10-year) review of the Free Union Agricultural/Forestal District, as required in Section 15.2-4311 of the Code of Virginia. The district includes the properties described as Tax map 7, parcels 6, 7, 8A, 9, 9A, 9B, 9B1, 9C; Tax map 16, parcels 4B, 4C, 13A, 13D, 15A, 15A3, 15C, 15E, 15G, 16B, 17, 26, 30B, 36, 37, 38, 39, 52B1, 52B2, 54; Tax Map 17, parcels 8, 8B, 8C, 17C, 18H, 20A2, 22, tax map 29, parcel 1H (part). The district includes a total of 1,401 acres. The area is designated as Rural Area in the Comprehensive Plan and the included properties are zoned RA Rural Areas.


Mr. Clark made a Power-point presentation


         This is the ten year periodic review of the Free Union Agricultural/Forestal District.


         Staff has received two requests to withdraw from the district.  The first is tax map 17, parcel 8, which is 21 acres. The owners are considering reentering the district later after they apply for a special use permit on that property. They wanted to make sure that the district did not cause them any additional complexity. Then there is a little over 7 acres of two small parcels withdrawing to the southwest of that.  At this point the total acreage would be just over 1,370 acres remain. 


         Staff is recommending that the Planning Commission recommend renewal of the district to the Board of Supervisors.


Mr. Morris opened the public hearing for public comment.  There being none, the public hearing was closed and the matter before the Planning Commission.


Motion: Mr. Cannon moved and Mr. Loach seconded to recommend renewal of AFD-2008-00004, Free Union for another ten-year period as proposed.


The motion passed by a vote of 5:0. 


Mr. Morris said that AFD-2008-00004, Free Union will go before the Board of Supervisors on October 8, 2008 with a recommendation for approval.



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