COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
Turkey Sag Road (Route 640) – Resident Proposal to Pave a Public Road
Review of Resident’s proposal to use their own resources to pave a section of Turkey Sag Road (Route 640) and determine whether additional notice of the project in necessary.
Tucker, Foley, Davis, Graham, Cilimberg, Benish, Wade
LEGAL REVIEW: Yes
October 4, 2006
ACTION: X INFORMATION:
The Department of Community Development received a request from Mr. James Craig to use his own resources to pave a section of Turkey Sag Road (Route 640) to VDOT rural rustic road standards (Attachment A). Attached are letters from Mr. Craig and his project engineer describing the proposed project (Attachments B and C, respectively). In July 2005, the Board of Supervisors adopted guidelines to process requests by property owners to use their own resources for major improvements within VDOT rights-of-way, including the paving of unpaved roads. Staff has provided these guidelines, with staff response to each, in Attachment D.
Goal One: Enhance quality of life for all citizens.
Mr. James Craig lives on Turkey Sag Road on a property known as Bramblewood, which borders Turkey Sag Road for a distance of 2,700 linear feet. The Bramblewood property has been placed under a conservation easement to the Virginia Outdoor Foundation (VOF). Mr. Craig wishes to pave approximately 4,610 linear feet of this road using rural rustic road standards. This section of the road is fairly straight and VDOT has indicated that it can be paved to rural rustic road standards. These standards allow paving to take place within the existing right-of-way. There will be no grading of the embankments along the road. The paving and replacement of undersized and failing drain pipes along this segment of road will help hold gravel in place and avoid erosion and run-off into Turkey Sag Creek. Currently, VDOT has to frequently replace gravel on this section of roadway after heavy rains. Dust and wash boarding are major problems for this section of roadway and paving would eliminate these concerns. There are approximately four other property owners (8-10 parcels) in addition to Mr. Craig along this section of road proposed for improvement. Staff has not contacted these property owners, and it is not certain whether they are in agreement with the project as proposed.
VDOT has indicated its support for this paving request and has approved the preliminary plans for construction. This request does not conflict with the Rural Area Chapter of the Land Use Plan (Attachment D).
According to the guidelines adopted by the Board in July 2005, the Board will need to determine if area residents should be notified of the paving request and offered an opportunity to comment on the proposal. Staff opinion is that property owners along the segment of road proposed for paving should be notified of the proposal and provided an opportunity to comment on the project to staff. Staff will evaluate the comments and report its findings to the Board. If no opposition to the paving project is received, staff recommends the project move forward to construction.
There will be no budget impact.
Staff recommends that property owners along the segment of Turkey Sag Road proposed for paving be notified of the project and provided an opportunity to comment on the project to County staff. Staff will evaluate the comments and report its findings to the Board. If no opposition to the paving project is received, staff recommends the project move forward to construction.
Attachment A- Location Map
Attachment B- Letter from property owner Mr. James P. Craig
Attachment C- Letter from Kurt Gloeckner on behalf of property owner, Mr. James P. Craig requesting supporting to pave road
Attachment D- County Guideline used by VDOT to process requests by property owners for major improvements within VDOT rights of way with staff response
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