Albemarle County Planning Commission

December 9, 2008


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


Other officials present were Eryn Brennan, Senior Planner; Summer Frederick, Senior Planner; Elaine Echols, Principal Planner; 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 6:00 p.m. and established a quorum.


                  Public Hearing Items:


SP-2008-00049 Pine Ridge Church of the Brethren

PROPOSED: Bring existing church into conformance with the zoning ordinance and allow an expansion for a general purpose room

ZONING CATEGORY/GENERAL USAGE:  RA Rural Areas - agricultural, forestal, and fishery uses; residential density (0.5 unit/acre in development lots)

SECTION: Church building and adjunct cemetery

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


LOCATION:  5990 Buffalo River Road (Rt. 604) at the intersection of Vintage Road; approx. 525 feet northeast of Roach Ridge (Rt. 817)

TAX MAP/PARCEL: 01900000004500


(Eryn Brennan)


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


·         Staff has identified the following factors favorable to this application:

1.      The addition to the church supports the continuing use of an historic building, encouraging its long term protection. 

2.      The addition will help sustain the continuing presence of a vibrant community church, enhancing the quality of life of its rural congregation. 

3.      The church addition addresses the needs of rural residents.

4.      No impacts on adjacent property resulting from the proposed addition.

5.      The addition will minimally impact the existing character of the church building.  


·         Staff has not identified any factors unfavorable to this application.



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


Stephen Shifflett, representative for Pine Ridge Church, noted that no public presentation was desired.


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


Mr. Loach moved to approve SP-2008-00049 Pine Ridge Church of the Brethren subject to the conditions crafted by staff.  He asked the applicant if condition 5 was acceptable regarding no tree removal and keeping the existing tree cover. 


Stephen Shifflett, representative for the church, noted that condition 5 was acceptable.


Mr. Cilimberg noted that condition 5 would probably have a little more refinement before it gets to the Board of Supervisors.  Also, staff would make the correction in condition 4.


Motion:  Mr. Loach moved and Mr. Strucko seconded to approve SP-2008-00049, Pine Ridge Church of the Brethren with the conditions as recommended by staff, as modified.


1.The church’s improvements and the scale and location of the improvements shall be developed in general accord with the conceptual plan provided by the applicant and received September 12, 2008;


2.The area of assembly shall be limited to a maximum of an 88-seat sanctuary;


3.There shall be no day care center or private school on site without approval of a separate special use permit.


4.All outdoor lighting shall be arranged or shielded to reflect light away from all abutting properties. A lighting plan limiting light levels at all property lines to no greater than 0.5 foot candles shall be subject to approval by the Planning Director.


  1. No grading, disturbance or tree removal shall take place within the drip lines of the trees unless a "Tree Protection Plan" in accord with section of the Zoning Ordinance is submitted to the county for review and approval prior to any disturbance.


The motion passed by a vote of 6:0. 


Mr. Morris said that SP-2008-00049, Pine Church of the Brethren would go to the Board of Supervisors on January 14, 2009 with a recommendation for approval.


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