The Albemarle County Planning Commission held a public hearing, work session and meeting on Tuesday, October 20, 2009, at 6:00 p.m., at the County Office Building, Lane Auditorium, Second Floor, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, Virginia.
Members attending were Marcia Joseph, Don Franco, Bill Edgerton, Linda Porterfield, Thomas Loach, Vice Chairman and Eric Strucko, Chairman. Calvin Morris and Julia Monteith, AICP, non-voting representative for the University of Virginia were absent.
Other officials present were Wayne Cilimberg, Director of Planning; Claudette Grant, Senior Planner; Elaine Echols, Principal Planner; David Benish, Chief of Planning; Mark Graham, Director of Community Development; and Greg Kamptner, Deputy County Attorney.
Call to Order and Establish Quorum:
Mr. Strucko called the regular meeting to order at 6:01 p.m. and established a quorum.
Ordinance Approving U.S. Route 29 and Hydraulic Road Official Map – Ordinance approving an official map under Virginia Code § 15.2-2233 et seq., depicting the location, centerline, existing right-of-way width, and future right-of-way width of the legally established segment of U.S. Route 29 abutting County Tax Map and Parcel Numbers 61W-3-19B, 61W-3-24 and 61W-3-25, and the legally established segment of Hydraulic Road abutting County Tax Map and Parcel Numbers 61W-3-23, 61W-3-24 and 61W-3-25. A copy of the full text of the proposed ordinance and the official map are on file in the office of the clerk of the Board of Supervisors, and in the Department of Community Development, County Office Building, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, Virginia. (David Benish)
Mr. Benish presented a PowerPoint presentation and summarized the staff report.
· The adoption of this official map before the Commission is needed to meet requirements of proffers related to the approval of Albemarle Place rezoning ZMA-2001-07. One of those proffers required the owner of Albemarle Place to reserve and ultimately dedicate additional lands needed for the Route 29/Hydraulic Road improvements, which included the possibility of a grade separated interchange. Specifically the proffer calls for the owner to reserve right-of-way area until an official map or transportation improvement plan adopted by the County that identified the right-of-way or lands necessary for the interchange project. Upon adoption of the official map the County could then request dedication of that area. The proffer needed to be exercised by the end of December of this year.
· Staff has attached a sheet that provides information about official maps from the County’s Attorney’s Office. An official map is intended to show the future location for proposed streets, alleys or walkways by establishing a center line or metes and bounds location of those improvements. Once an official map is adopted then the County can then acquire that land.
· The proposed map identifies the area needed along the frontage of Albemarle Place development and the 7-11 site for a future interchange at U.S. Route 29 and Hydraulic Road and shows the right-of-way adequate to accommodate that in that northwest quadrant of the interchange. The other three quadrants are in the city.
· The interchange concept is consistent with what was established in the MPO Regional Transportation Plan and in the proposed Places29 Master Plan.
· The official map and the design plan for the interchange have been reviewed by VDOT and the county engineering staff and have accepted both designs as feasible and the official map is adequate to show the necessary right-of-way.
· Action on the official map is not in any way action to approve the construction of the interchange or the design of the interchange. It is to establish the amount of land that may be necessary for this type of improvement in this quadrant.
· Staff recommends that the Commission act on the official map and ordinance which are Attachments A and B of the staff report.
Mr. Strucko invited questions for staff.
Mr. Edgerton referred to Attachment E. He realized they were not approving any interchange design, but from a planning perspective when they are approving a map showing the needed right-of-way that they make sure there is enough land in there to accommodate whatever the ultimate design will be. He asked if it will accommodate a grade separated interchange if it ultimately is the design that gets built.
Mr. Benish replied that is correct. The right-of-way on the official maps in Attachment A reflects this design concept which was reviewed by VDOT and the Offices of the Facilities Engineer, Jack Kelsey. This is an interchange design that seemed to be feasible in this location given the constraints. He noted that Mark Graham who was involved with the Albemarle Place Project including this issue was present to answer additional questions.
There being no further questions, Mr. Strucko opened the public hearing and invited public comment.
Neil Williamson, with the Free Enterprise Forum, felt that it was most appropriate that this issue is coming before the Commission now because they have been looking at this project for seven or eight years. They are now looking at proffer expiration and the need for this map. They are looking at one quadrant of this intersection which is in Albemarle County. The interchanges proposed in Places29 impacts all four quadrants and every one of the over passes. He encouraged the Commission to think about that as they review their packets for Places29. They don’t have an opinion because this is an action that is needed in order to move things forward. As the Commission reviews Places29 he asked that they contemplate those right-of-ways and what exactly their vision for Route 29 is.
There being no further public comment, Mr. Strucko closed the public hearing to bring the matter before the Commission for discussion and action.
Motion: Ms. Porterfield moved and Mr. Franco seconded to recommend approval to the Board of Supervisors for adoption of the Official Map and Ordinance Approving U.S. Route 29 and Hydraulic Road Official Map as presented including Attachments A and B of the staff report.
The motion passed by a vote of 6:0.
Mr. Strucko said that this matter goes before the Board of Supervisors on December 2 with a recommendation for adoption.
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