SP-2006-017 Floral Images (Sign #55)

PROPOSED: floral arrangement business; includes constructing new workshop; no employees.

ZONING CATEGORY/GENERAL USAGE: RA -- Rural Areas: agricultural, forestal, and fishery uses; residential density (0.5 unit/acre).

SECTION: 10.2.2.(31); 5.2 Home Occupation Class B.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN LAND USE/DENSITY:  RA -- Rural Areas: agricultural, forestal, and fishery uses; residential density (0.5 unit/acre).


LOCATION: 262 Yancey Mill Lane (State Route 825), Crozet; adjacent Interstate Route 64.

TAX MAP/PARCEL: TM 55 Parcel 99.


STAFF:  Amy Arnold


Ms. Arnold summarized the staff report.


·         Staff supports the applicant’s request for modification of size and to allow for the construction of the 1,200 square foot floral work shop.


Ms. Joseph asked if there were any questions for staff.  There being none, she opened the public hearing and invited the applicant to address the Commission.


William Herring stated that they have modified the 1,200 square feet because it was a concern as to the size of their home. They have modified the footprint down to a 700 square foot footprint with a 300 square foot basement.  Therefore, the building would not look as large.  It is in keeping with their home that was built in 1903. 


Joseph Strickler said that they would take out very few trees.  It is very important to them to make sure that it looks like the building has been there for 100 years.


Mr. Herring said that he wanted the building to look old just like the house.  The molding work that is on the house will be duplicated on the workshop.


Mr. Strickler said that a lot of their business was done on site with wedding and corporate meetings.  It will just be the matter of loading the flowers in the van and going to the site to put them together and arrange them.  There are no neighbors that oppose this request.


Mr. Herring said that the closest house is actually a rental property.  The other house around the corner is Irene Wither who has lived there since the seventies.  She is a great neighbor and has no problems with this.


Mr. Morris noted that they would be missed in Pantops.


Mr. Strucko asked if Yancey Mills Lane is paved the entire lane.


Mr. Herring replied no, that the entire road is a gravel road from Route 250.  He noted that there were five houses located on their road.


Mr. Strucko asked how many vehicular trips they planned per day.


Mr. Strickler said that they would be going in and out at the most two times per day.  They will probably make a morning and afternoon delivery into Charlottesville.  The delivery trucks bring in their flowers usually three times per week.  They try to minimize that as much as possible because they are charging them gas prices for higher deliveries.  If they can get their whole order in one time a week it would benefit them. 


Ms. Joseph asked if the green house was local that they were working with.


Mr. Herring replied yes, that it was AM Fog located on Route 151 owned by Yvonne and Ken Harris.


Ms. Joseph invited public comment.  There being none, she closed the public hearing and the matter was placed before the Commission.


Mr. Strucko said that his only concern was the increase in vehicular traffic on the gravel road and it being an imposition to the adjacent land owners.  But, it sounds like it would just be an additional three trips per week they would travel to and from.  He felt that they would have done that routinely to get to Pantops.


Mr. Edgerton asked staff if they figure on ten vehicle trips a day for a residence as a standard.


Mr. Cilimberg replied yes, that a single-family residence generally generates ten vehicle trips per day.


Ms. Joseph asked Mr. Kamptner procedurally when the Commission looks at this do they look at the waiver request and then the action or can the waiver request be included within the recommended action.


Mr. Cilimberg pointed out that staff had been asked by Zoning to include what was the subject of the waiver requests in the conditions of the special use permit.  He questioned what that means in the terms of action.


Mr. Kamptner said that condition 6 deals with the waiver of section and condition 5 deals with the square footage modification request.


Ms. Joseph asked if those waivers need to be acted on separately or can they be included within the special use permit action.


Mr. Kamptner said that the Commission could act on the special use permit with the conditions, which would take care of the two waiver requests.


Mr. Strucko questioned if there was a concern about the 1,200 square feet.


Mr. Morris noted that the applicant is cutting the square footage down to a 765 square foot footprint with a basement.


Mr. Strickler noted that it would be a 700 square foot footprint.


Mr. Cilimberg said that the Commission needs to be aware that the 700 square foot footprint includes two floors with a basement of 300 square feet.  It is actually going to be a 1,000 square foot area that they need to cover in the condition.  If the Commission puts it at 1,200 square feet, then the applicant would have some wiggle room.


Mr. Edgerton said that he was not concerned with that because the applicants would be more impacted then anybody.


Mr. Kamptner said that condition 4 says a maximum of seven (7) client visits per week on the premises.  He asked if a client is a customer and the condition was not talking about deliveries.


Mr. Arnold replied that was correct.


Mr. Edgerton said that his read was that was per consultation because there will be no walk in sales.


Mr. Kamptner noted that he wanted to be certain that everyone understood that condition because there was a limit put on it for deliveries.


Ms. Joseph asked if they wanted to include a condition with a limit on the deliveries.


Mr. Morris suggested that the conditions be left as they are, and Mr. Edgerton agreed.


Motion:  Mr. Edgerton moved, Mr. Strucko seconded, to approve SP-2005-017, Floral Images with the recommended conditions.


1.       Special Use Permit 2006-17 Floral Images shall be developed in general accord with the concept plan dated August 24, 2006, prepared by W. R. Strickler, and titled “Floral Images” (Attachment A.)  

2.       One vehicular entrance from Yancey Mill Lane shall serve as the only driveway for this parcel.  It shall be required to be surfaced with gravel.

3.       No walk-in sales shall be permitted on the premises.

4.       A maximum of seven (7) client visits per week shall be permitted on the premises.

5.       The total area of the workshop shall be limited to 1,200 square feet.

6.       This use shall commence within 3 years of the date of approval rather than the 24 months stated in section

7.       Hours of operation are required to be limited to 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Saturday.


The motion passed by a vote of 7:0. 


Ms. Joseph stated that SP-2006-017, Floral Images, would go to the Board of Supervisors on October 4 with a recommendation for approval.


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