Albemarle County Planning Commission

April 14, 2009


The Albemarle County Planning Commission held a public hearing and meeting on Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at 6:00 p.m., at the County Office Building, Lane Auditorium, Second Floor, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, Virginia.


Members attending were Don Franco, Calvin Morris, Bill Edgerton, Linda Porterfield and Thomas Loach, Vice Chairman.  Absent were Marcia Joseph, and Eric Strucko, Chairman. Julia Monteith, AICP, non-voting representative for the University of Virginia was present. 


Other officials present were Melissa Barlow of Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission; Wayne Cilimberg, Director of Planning; Elaine Echols, Principal Planner,  David Benish, Chief of Planning and Greg Kamptner, Deputy County Attorney. 


Call to Order and Establish Quorum:


Mr. Loach called the regular meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. and established a quorum.



Consent Agenda


ZTA-2009-00005 Amend Zoning Ordinance Sections relating to Enforcement and Administration -Resolution of Intent (Rob Heide)


ZTA-2009-00002 Beauty/Barber Shops in CO District; Towing and Body Shops in HI District  – Resolution of Intent

(Elaine Echols)


ZTA- 2008-00002 PD Changes

(Elaine Echols)


Mr. Loach asked if any Commissioner would like to pull an item from the consent agenda.  He noted that Mr. Franco has asked to make a statement to be attached to the record going to the Board of Supervisors. 


Mr. Franco said that he would be happy to move the ZTA forward with the following statement to be attached to the record for ZTA-2008-0002 PD Changes.


“I’m coming into this process relatively late as a Planning Commissioner.  While I believe that there are good aspects to the PD ZTA, I question if we are going far enough to ensure that the purposes of the planned development and neighborhood model form of development are achieved.  Specifically, I see a conflict between what is required in the Code of Developments and what we allow to be varied, should new laws and regulations make it difficult or impossible to execute portions of an application plan.


In our own comprehensive planning effects, we are relying on new projects to construct needed improvements to the public infrastructure and to proffer community goals such as affordable housing.  Once we approve a rezoning, it is in the public’s best interest to include a variation process which allows projects to adjust to new regulations and policies, while protecting the purpose and intent of the approved plan.  This process does not have to be at staff level.


If we don’t provide for such a variation, we should continue to evaluate the level of detail that we require during the rezoning process.


We dealt with this at a late hour two meetings ago; I have heard from people that were not able to stay for that item.  I would like to leave this item on the consent agenda, but would like to hear the desires of the rest of the Commission.  I am happy to move this item forward with the expectation that there will be more discussion at the board level.”


Mr. Morris said that he would prefer to leave the ZTA-2008-0002 PD changes on the consent agenda.


Motion:   Mr. Morris moved and Mr. Franco seconded for approval of the consent agenda with Mr. Franco’s statement to be attached to the recommendation to the Board on ZTA-2008-2 PD Changes.


The motion passed by a vote of 5:0.   (Strucko and Joseph were absent)


Mr. Loach noted that the consent agenda was approved


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