STAFF PERSON: TARPLEY V. GILLESPIE
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS:
The applicant’s proposal is for a special use permit to
allow a private school for classroom driver training. The proposed school would be located within
Request for a special use permit to allow
a private school for classroom driver training in accordance with Section
126.96.36.199 of the Zoning Ordinance which allows for private schools in the PUD
Zoning District. The property,
described as Tax Map 61Z Parcel 3- 202, contains .245 acres, and is
zoned PUD-Planned Unit Development. The
proposal is located on Incarnation Drive, at the intersection of
The applicant is Karin M. Gest. The office building is owned in a condominium regime and the owners of the condominium unit are Karin M. Gest and Robert Gest.
In 1975, SP 446 was approved establishing Branchlands as a PUD to be developed with 782 dwelling units and 16 acres of commercial area. In 1978, Charlottesville Fashion Square Mall purchased 10.74 acres of the commercial area to be developed as a portion of the shopping mall.
A site plan for this building (SDP 1998-027) was approved in 1999. The plan required 97 parking spaces. 105 parking spaces are provided on the site.
The Zoning Ordinance requires that, for school uses, the number of required parking spaces shall be determined by the Zoning Administrator. In making the determination, the Zoning Administrator is to consider the recommendations of a parking study provided by the applicant as well as traffic generation figures, parking demands and any other relevant information.
The applicant provided a parking study to the Zoning
Administrator, which stipulates that there will be no more than 10 students at
any particular time, and that the general hours of operation of the instruction
will be between . Based on this information, the Zoning
Administrator has determined that a total of 5 parking spaces will be required
for this use. Attachment B is a Parking
Plan for the
Character of the Area:
proposed school is to be located within an existing condominium building, the
The Comprehensive Plan designates this property as Urban Density Residential, which recommends 6-34 Dwelling Units Per Acre. The Urban Density Residential designation is intended to accommodate all dwelling types as well as institutional uses such as places of worship, public and private schools, and early childhood education centers including daycare centers and preschools. The proposed school is consistent with the Urban Density Residential designation.
The Neighborhood Model provides additional support to the Land Use Plan by setting forth principles for how development should take place in Development Areas. The use is proposed within an existing building and no exterior changes are proposed. Staff has evaluated this proposal and does not believe that any modifications are needed to the site to conform to the Neighborhood Model or other parts of the Comprehensive Plan.
Staff has reviewed this request for compliance with the provisions of Section 188.8.131.52 of the Zoning Ordinance and recommends approval with conditions.
Staff will address each provision of Section 184.108.40.206 of the Zoning Ordinance:
The Board of Supervisors hereby reserves unto itself the right to issue all special use permits permitted hereunder. Special use permits for uses as provided in this ordinance may be issued upon a finding by the Board of Supervisors that such use will not be of substantial detriment to adjacent property.
and east of the site is the Branchlands retirement village. Across Hillsdale drive are commercial
shopping areas of Food Lion and Toys R Us.
Adjacent to the site on
that the character of the district will not be changed thereby,
This site is located within a PUD Planned Development zoning district. The proposed use is a relatively small instructional facility to be located entirely within the existing building. The proposal is compatible the site and surrounding areas.
and that such use will be in harmony with the purpose and intent of this ordinance,
Staff has reviewed this request with consideration for the purpose and intent of the Planned Unit Development section of the Zoning Ordinance as stated in Section 18.20.1 of the Zoning Ordinance. Planned Unit Development districts are intended "to serve as neighborhoods or mini neighborhoods within designated communities and the urban area." It is intended that "appropriate commercial and industrial uses are provided in addition to a variety of residential uses." The proposed driving school is to be located entirely within an existing professional office building. It is staff's opinion that this proposal is consistent with the purpose and intent of the PUD District of the Zoning Ordinance.
with the uses permitted by right in the district,
Due to the limited scale of this school and its location within an existing building, approval of this request will not negatively affect any of the by-right uses that are allowed within the district or on this site.
and with the public health, safety and general welfare.
The proposed classroom driving training school provides a unique service to the community and serves the public purpose of affording local citizens the opportunity to receive driver training within this community.
Staff has identified the following factors, which are favorable to this request:
1. There is adequate parking available on site to address this use.
2. The classroom driving training school will provide a service to the community.
3. As the use will be located entirely within an existing facility, no new land use impacts are anticipated.
Staff finds no factors unfavorable to this request.
Staff has reviewed this request for compliance with the provisions set forth in Section 220.127.116.11 of the Zoning Ordinance and recommends approval with conditions.
Recommended conditions of approval:
1. Maximum enrollment shall be 10 students;
2. Normal hours of operation for the school shall be from to provided that occasional school-related events may occur outside of these hours.