COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
Bowen 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, Parcels 51 and 51A, located in the Crozet Development Area.
Messrs. Tucker, Foley, Davis, Benish; Ms. Arnold
LEGAL REVIEW: YES
March 7, 2007
ACTION: x INFORMATION:
The applicant is requesting ACSA Jurisdictional Area designation for water and sewer service to two parcels totaling an approximately 2.048 acres located on the north side of Railroad Avenue (Route 788) at its intersection with Buck Road (Route 789) along the northernmost boundary of the Crozet Development Area. (Attachment A) The property is located within the designated Crozet Development Area, in the White Hall Magisterial District. The parcels are currently designated “water only to existing structures.” Given the location of the parcels within the Crozet Development Areas, and because of a failing drain field, the applicant has requested to connect to public water and sewer. The requested connections would be consistent with County utility policies. The properties adjacent and to the north of the subject parcels are located in the Rural Areas and are not currently served by public water and sewer. The properties across Railroad Avenue from the subject parcels are located in the Crozet Development Area and are designated for public water and sewer service. Near-by parcels 46B and 49 are also located within the Development Area, but are currently designated “water only to existing structures”. (Attachment B.) The Crozet Development Area drains into Lickinghole Creek which is located entirely within the South Fork Rivanna River water supply watershed.
2.2 Increase the quality, supply, and protection of the County’s water resources.
The subject property is located within the boundaries of the Crozet Development Area. Water supply in Crozet is provided by the Beaver Creek Reservoir; wastewater service is currently being provided through the Crozet Interceptor and Moores Creek Treatment Plant. 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. These parcels are located within the Crozet Development Area, so designating them 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 with restricted designations or are not included in the Jurisdictional Area. 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 April 4, 2007, for this request for public water and sewer service to Tax Map 55, Parcels 51 and 51A. 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 – Bowen ACSA JA request Attachment A; context
B – Bowen ACSA JA Attachment B; JA designations
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