COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Zoning Ordinance – Resolution of Intent

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Adoption of Resolution of Intent to amend the Zoning Ordinance to improve processes for site plans

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Messrs. Tucker, Foley, Davis, Kamptner, Graham, and Brooks

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

June 10, 2009

 

ACTION:                INFORMATION:   

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:  X            INFORMATION:   

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:   Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

 

BACKGROUND:

Engineering review staff has identified more efficient and predictable review processes for site plans involving minor changes to the Zoning Ordinance.  These small improvements could benefit the public, applicants, staff, the Planning Commission and the Board by clarifying requirements and accomplishing the purposes of the regulations more efficiently.

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Goal 4:  Effectively Manage Growth and Development.

 

DISCUSSION:

The proposed process changes would provide a more efficient and predictable development review process for applicants, the public and staff.  The recommended amendments to the Zoning Ordinance are:

 

·          Section 4.12 regulates parking and authorizes the county engineer to review and approve alternative approaches to providing parking and travelway design.  Staff recommends that county engineer review of the alternative approaches be deleted because alternative approaches are already provided in the county’s parking regulations and, by their nature, do not raise engineering issues.  Staff also recommends that case-by-case engineer review of alternative travelway designs be replaced by minimum design standards.

 

·          Section 32.7.4 establishes requirements for erosion and sediment control and stormwater management as part of site plan review.  Most of the subject matter of Section 32.7.4 and its subsections is now addressed in County Code Chapter 17, Water Protection.  Staff recommends that Section 32.7.4 be amended to cross-reference Chapter 17.

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

Although no specific budget changes are anticipated, these proposed amendments would provide for a more orderly and organized process that ensures fairness to all applicants.  It will allow for limited staff resources to be used most effectively and provide greater predictability for applicants and the public.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends that the Board adopt the attached Resolution of Intent to initiate the text amendment discussed herein.

 

ATTACHMENTS

A – Resolution of Intent

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