Chitester Property – Request to amend the Albemarle County Service Authority Jurisdictional Area



Request for public hearing to amend the Jurisdictional Area Boundary to provide water and sewer service to Tax Map 55, Parcel 50 located in the Crozet Community.



Messrs. Tucker, Foley, Davis, Cilimberg, Benish;

Ms. Ragsdale






December 7, 2005



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The applicant is requesting ACSA Jurisdictional Area designation for water and sewer service to an approximately 2-acre parcel located on the west side of Buck Road (Route 789), near its intersection with St. George Avenue. (See Attachment A)  The property is located within the designated Crozet Development Area, in the Whitehall Magisterial District. The parcel is currently designated for “water only to existing structures.”  The applicant is requesting water and sewer service for an addition to be constructed on an existing house.  The existing septic system located on site would not be adequate to serve the expanded structure.  The applicant prefers to connect to public sewer, and that connection would be consistent with County utility policies.  The properties adjacent to the north and south of this parcel are similarly designated (water only to existing structures).  The properties across Buck Road to the east are designated for water and sewer service.




2.2 Protect and/or preserve the County's natural resources




The subject property is located in the Crozet Development Area.  The water supply for Crozet is provided by the Beaver Creek Reservoir. Sewer service is provided by the Moore’s Creek Treatment Plant via the Crozet Interceptor. 

The Comprehensive Plan provides the following concerning the provision of water and sewer service to the Development Areas:


“General Principle: Urban Areas, Communities, and Villages are to be served by public water and sewer (p. 114).”


“Provide water and sewer service only to areas within the ACSA Jurisdictional Areas (p. 130).”


“Follow the boundaries of the designated Development Areas in delineating Jurisdictional Areas (p.130).”


The Comprehensive Plan recommends serving the Development Areas with public water and sewer service.  This parcel is located within the Crozet Development Area, so designating it as part of the ACSA Jurisdictional Area for public water and sewer service would align with County policy.


Staff notes that while most of this part of the Crozet Development Area is designated for water and sewer service, there are some parcels in the area that have restricted designations (“water only”, “water only to existing structures” or “limited service”) or that are not included in the Jurisdictional Area. (See Attachment B)  In the future the Board may want to consider amending the Jurisdictional Area to designate all properties within the designated Development Area for water and sewer service.   



The property owner will bear the costs for water and sewer hook-up.



As a general policy, staff has advised that public utility capacity should be reserved to support development of designated Development Areas.  Since this property is located within a designated Development Area, the provision of both water and sewer service to the property would be consistent with the Comprehensive Plan public utility policy.  Therefore, staff recommends the Board of Supervisors set a public hearing date of January 4, 2006, for this request for public water and sewer service to Tax Map 55, Parcel 50.  Furthermore, staff recommends the Board direct staff to do the necessary research and set a separate public hearing to designate all properties within the designated Development Area for water and sewer service.




A-Location Map for TMP 55-50 and Jurisdictional Area Boundaries
B-Crozet Jurisdictional Areas and Development Area Boundary

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