April 14, 2009


Ashley Cooper

c/o Atwood Architects Inc

250 W. Main St., Suite 100

Charlottesville, VA 22902


RE:       SP200800029 South Plains Presbyterian Church

            Tax Map 80 Parcel 116


Dear Ms. Cooper:


The Albemarle County Planning Commission, at its meeting on March 24, 2009, by a vote of 6:1, recommended approval of the above-noted petition to the Board of Supervisors.


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


  1. The development of the site shall be in general accord with the “Conceptual Site Plan” prepared for South Plains Presbyterian Church by Atwood Architects, Inc., dated January 19, 2009.  In addition, the following elements shall be in strict accord with and or conform to the Conceptual Site Plan: the location of the parking area, the location of the new sanctuary and fellowship hall, and the preservation of existing trees.

2.       The footprint of the new sanctuary shall not exceed 3,550 square feet. The footprint of the new fellowship hall shall not exceed 5,750 square feet.

3.       Provided parking shall not exceed 75 spaces.

4.       Commercial setback standards, as set forth in Section 21.7.2 of the Albemarle Zoning Ordinance, shall be maintained adjacent to properties zoned Rural Areas.

5.       Storm water facilities and parking lot surface meeting the approval of the County Engineer shall be required before approval of the final site plan for this use.

6.       Staff approval of a landscape plan shall be required before approval of the final site plan for this use. Plantings for screening of the church facilities, to consist of a naturalistic pattern of multi-species trees and shrubs, as listed in the brochure titled “Native Plants for Conservation, Restoration, and Landscaping: Piedmont Plateau,” published by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, are to fill the open area shown on Attachment C of the staff report . These plantings are to be arranged in a density that would mitigate views of the new church facilities, with a spacing allowing the natural form/habit of the plant material to be recognized.

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

8.       Health Department approval of well and/or septic systems.

9.       All outdoor lighting shall be only full cut-off fixtures and shielded to reflect light away from all abutting properties. A lighting plan limiting light levels at all property lines to no greater than 0.3 foot candles shall be submitted to the Zoning Administrator or their designee for approval.


Please be advised that the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors will review this petition and receive public comment at their meeting on May 13, 2009.


View staff report and attachments

View PC minutes

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






Scott Clark

Senior Planner

Planning Division