Albemarle County Planning Commission

January 6, 2009


The Albemarle County Planning Commission held a meeting and a public hearing on Tuesday, January 6, 2009, 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, Bill Edgerton, Linda Porterfield, Eric Strucko and Calvin Morris. Absent was Jon Cannon. Julia Monteith, AICP, Senior Land Use Planner for the University of Virginia was absent. 


Other officials present were Bill Fritz, Chief of Current Development; Megan Yaniglos, Senior Planner; Summer Frederick, Senior Planner; Rebecca Ragsdale, Senior Planner; Joan McDowell, Principal Planner; Wayne Cilimberg, Director of Planning and Greg Kamptner, Deputy County Attorney. 


Call to Order and Establish Quorum:


Mr. Cilimberg, serving as temporary chair, called the regular meeting to order at 6:05 p.m. and established a quorum. 


Public Hearings:


SP-2008-00052 Forest Lakes Office Park (Sign # 96 & 103)

PROPOSED: Special use permit request off-site parking and dumpster pad.

ZONING CATEGORY/GENERAL USAGE: R15-Residential: compact, high-density residential (15du/acre).

SECTION: Stand alone parking and parking structures (reference 4.12, 5.1.41). (Added 11-7-84; Amended 2-5-03)

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN LAND USE/DENSITY:  Transitional in the Hollymead Community


LOCATION: Southeast corner at intersection of Timberwood Boulevard (SR 1721) and Worth Crossing (SR 1722).

TAX MAP/PARCEL: Tax Map 46B4 Parcels 7B and 7C


(Summer Frederick)



Mr. Strucko recused himself from this item since he was employed as the Chief Financial Officer for the UVA Health Services Foundation which occupies the property that is the subject of this transaction.  (See Attached Statement of Disclosure)   He noted that the Commission would have to select an Acting Chair due to the absence of the Vice Chair for this item.


Motion:  Ms. Porterfield moved and Ms. Joseph seconded that Mr. Morris act as temporary Chair for this item.


The motion passed by a vote of (6:0).


Mr. Strucko stepped down as Chair at 6:23 p.m.


Mr. Morris, Acting Chair, asked for the staff report.


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

         The request is for approval of existing parking spaces on a lot with no primary use (stand alone parking).  There is a medical office building currently located on site.  The staff report was given at the last meeting and nothing has changed.  The request was deferred at the December 9, 2008 meeting.  The proposal is consistent with the original concept for development.


         Staff finds that the proposed special use permit meets the requirements of County Ordinances and recommends approval for stand alone parking in accord with Section 18-4.12.11.


Ms. Joseph noted that last time the landscaping was in the wrong place.


Ms. Frederick said that approval of the special use permit would abate the current violations.


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


Benton Downer, of Downer Realty, said that he was one of the managing partners of HighLife LLC and present to answer any questions.  They are in the process of filing some site plan on this project, but due to some economic issues they have not moved forward with them.  At some point in creating the subdivision is what created the violation. When this parcel was originally formed it was 5.7 acres in parcel.  When they closed on the property it is as they see it today.  They were not cited with the violation until post closing, but he did not remember exactly when that occurred.


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


Ms. Porterfield questioned if in the foreseeable expansion to the area if they will overbuild the existing parking.


Ms. Frederick replied that they will have to include more parking.  Any further development on this property will be subject to a new site plan approval in which parking requirements for that proposal will have to be met in order to be approved.


Motion:  Ms. Joseph moved and Ms. Porterfield seconded for approval of SP-2008-00052, Forest Lakes Office Park for stand alone parking in accord with Section 18-4.12.11.


The motion passed by a vote of 5:0:1.  (Mr. Strucko abstained.)


Mr. Morris said that SP-2008-00052, Forest Lakes Office Park would go before the Board of Supervisors at a date to be determined with a recommendation for approval.


Mr. Strucko returned to the meeting as Chair at 6:29 p.m.



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