COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE: 

Wind Turbines – Zoning Text Amendment

  

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Adopt Resolution of Intent and review ordinance proposal prior to drafting an ordinance amendment for public hearing

 

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Mark Graham

 

 

 

 

AGENDA DATE:

October 7, 2009

 

ACTION:     X          INFORMATION:   

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:              INFORMATION:   

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:   Yes

 

 

 

 

 

BACKGROUND:

The purpose of this report is for the Planning Commission to adopt a Resolution of Intent and to review the current ordinance proposal prior to a Planning Commission public hearing scheduled for November 17, 2009.  

 

On May 6, 2009, the Board of Supervisors (Board) and Planning Commission held a joint worksession to consider an ordinance proposal and provide direction on how to proceed.  Staff was directed to draft an ordinance amendment, working in cooperation with Mr. Slutzky, Mr. Edgerton, and Ms. Joseph and to maintain the previously approved Community Development work program in scheduling this effort.  Staff gratefully notes its appreciation for the help provided by Ms. Joseph, Mr. Edgerton, and Mr. Slutzky in preparing an ordinance proposal.     

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Goal 2:  Protect the County's Natural Resources

Goal 4:  Effectively Manage Growth and Development

 

DISCUSSION: 

Based on the direction at the joint worksession and subsequent guidance by the representatives of the Planning Commission and Board, staff has revised the previous April 2009 proposal.  The revised October 2009 proposal is Attachment A.

 

Among the changes with this proposal are:

 

BUDGET IMPACTS:

This proposal would treat small wind turbines the same as other uses regulated by the Zoning Ordinance’s Supplemental Regulations.   For Tier 1 applications, which only require a Building Permit, staff believes the administrative costs are offset by the permit fees.  For Tier 2 applications, staff recognizes the cost of such waivers or modifications does create some additional cost to the County which is not offset by fees, the same as other waivers or modifications of Supplemental Regulations.  Staff anticipates the County will only see a couple of Tier 2 applications per year for the next several years.  With an anticipated staff impact of 20 hours per application, staff believes this workload can be absorbed without any need for additional staff or budget funding.  

 

RECOMMENDATION: 

1.             Advise staff of any additional changes the Planning Commission wishes to see with an ordinance presented for public hearing. 

2.             Adopt the Resolution of Intent provided in Attachment B

 

ATTACHMENTS

A-    October 7, 2009 Ordinance Proposal

B-    Resolution of Intent

C-    May 6, 2009 Executive Summary

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