COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Entrance Corridor Process Improvements Zoning Text Amendment – Resolution of Intent

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Resolution of Intent to Amend the Entrance Corridor and Related Provisions in the Zoning Ordinance

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Messrs. Tucker, Foley, Davis, Kamptner, Graham, Cilimberg, and Ms. Maliszewski

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

 

AGENDA DATE:

March 4, 2009

 

ACTION:                INFORMATION:   

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:   X          INFORMATION:   

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:   YES

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 


BACKGROUND:

The Board of Supervisors appointed the Development Review Task Force in March 2006 and the report of the Task Force was presented to the BOS In May 2007. One of the Task Force recommendations reads:

 

Improve ARB/PC/Board coordination and clarify the role of the ARB. Clarify the sequential review process to alleviate confusion for staff, applicants, Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors and clarify the extent of review from the PC and ARB expected by the Board, prior to BOS review.

 

Joint meetings of the BOS, PC and ARB were held on May 21 and September 10, 2008 to discuss issues related to this recommendation. Also discussed were more specific recommendations presented by staff on methods for streamlining the ARB review process. The ARB further discussed these issues at its October 20, 2008 and January 20, 2009 ARB meetings.

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Goal 1: Enhance Quality of Life for all Citizens

Goal 4: Effectively Manage Growth and Development

 

DISCUSSION:

The attached Resolution of Intent (Attachment A) would initiate a zoning text amendment that will enable the following recommendations presented at the two joint BOS/PC/ARB meetings and subsequently discussed at additional ARB meetings.  The proposed zoning text amendment would, among other things:

 

·      Restate the purpose and intent of the entrance corridor regulations.

·      Authorize the ARB to issue county-wide certificates of appropriateness for certain classes of structures and improvements that are recurring (e.g., certain personal wireless service facilities) or have been determined through experience to have minimal visual impacts (e.g., structures 2000 feet or more from the entrance corridor street or “2nd tier” buildings).  County-wide certificates would allow eligible proposed structures and improvements to be reviewed by staff to assure they satisfy the terms and conditions of the applicable county-wide certificate, instead of requiring the owner from obtaining project-specific certificate of appropriateness from the ARB.

·      Expand the list of development types exempt from the entrance corridor regulations.  The list of exempt development types would be limited to those that have been determined through experience to have minimum visual impacts and those whose impacts may be temporary in nature such as, for example, temporary construction headquarters and temporary construction yards.

·      Clarify and expand the requirements for submitting, reviewing and acting on an application for a certificate of appropriateness.

·      Reorganize, provide more accurate and descriptive section headings and subheadings, and make other required changes to the entrance corridor regulations.

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

Adoption of the zoning text amendment would enable the County to undertake some or all of the above recommenda-tions, resulting in reduced staff time and costs associated with preparing staff reports and making presentations at ARB meetings. 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends that the Board adopt the attached Resolution of Intent.

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment A: Resolution of Intent

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