March 3, 2009


Hunter McCardle

111 3rd Street SE

Charlottesville, VA 22902


RE:       SP2009-00001 Montessori Community School - Expansion

            TMP 78-12A and 12A1



Dear Mr. McCardle:


The Albemarle County Planning Commission, at its meeting on February 17, 2009 recommended approval of the above-noted petition to the Board of Supervisors, by a vote of 6:0.


Please note that this approval is subject to the following conditions:


  1. Maximum enrollment shall be three hundred (300) students.
  2. Development of the use shall be in conformity with the  “Montessori Pantops Mountain Community School Sheets SP01-SP-03”, prepared by Neal R. Deputy, Architecture & Master Planning, last revised January 16, 2007, as determined by the Director of Planning and the Zoning Administrator. To be in conformity with the plan, development shall reflect the general size, arrangement, and location of proposed Buildings A, B, C, D, and E, Central Lawn, Amphitheatre, playgrounds and ball fields, wooded natural area, and parking areas.  Minor modifications to the plan which do not conflict with the elements above may be made to ensure compliance with the Zoning Ordinance.
  3. Fencing shall be provided at a minimum around the perimeter of the Central Lawn, Lower Elementary Playground, and Children’s House Playground, or at other locations as required by the County to ensure safety of children adjacent to Route 250 and Rolkin Road. Final design of the fence shall be subject to review and approval by the Architectural Review Board. However, to address safety concerns, the fence details shall include:

a.       At least forty-eight (48) inches tall;

b.       No more than a two (2) inch gap under the fence;

c.       Openings shall be small enough that a four (4) inch sphere will not pass through;

d.       No ornamental indentations that can be used as a ladder;

e.       Maximum mesh size for chain link fences is two and one-quarter (2-1/4) inches; and

f.        Maximum mesh size for diagonal lattice fences is one and three-quarter (1-3/4) inches.

4.   The existing chain link fence shall be replaced with a new fence that satisfies the requirements of the Architectural Review Board by September 1, 2009. Alternately, planting shall be installed by September 1, 2009 that will screen the fence from the Entrance Corridor. That planting shall be in accord with an approved landscape plan that satisfies the requirements of the Architectural Review Board.

5.   Construction of proposed buildings as shown on the concept plan shall commence on or before March 11, 2015 or this special use permit shall expire.


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Please be advised that the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors will review this petition and receive public comment at their meeting on March 11, 2009.


If you should have any questions or comments regarding the above noted action, please do not hesitate to contact me at (434) 296-5832.






Rebecca Ragsdale

Senior Planner

Planning Division