Albemarle County Planning Commission

November 13, 2007


The Albemarle County Planning Commission held a meeting and a public hearing on Tuesday, November 13, 2007, at 6:00 p.m., at the County Office Building, Lane Auditorium, Second Floor, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, Virginia.


Members attending were Marcia Joseph, Chairman; Duane Zobrist, Jon Cannon; Bill Edgerton and Pete Craddock. Absent was Eric Strucko and Calvin Morris, Vice-Chairman. Julia Monteith, AICP, Senior Land Use Planner for the University of Virginia was absent. 


Other officials present were David E. Pennock, Senior Planner; Joan McDowell, Principal Planner; John Shepherd, Manager of Current Development & Zoning; Wayne Cilimberg, Director of Planning; Summer Frederick, Planner; Scott Clark, Senior Planner; Amelia McCulley, Director of Current Development & Zoning; Judith Wiegand, Senior Planner; Allan Schuck, Senior Engineer; Gerald Gatobu, Planner; Glenn Brooks, County Engineer; Elaine Echols, Principal Planner; and Greg Kamptner, Deputy County Attorney. 


Call to Order and Establish Quorum:


Ms. Joseph called the meeting to order at 6:05 p.m. and established a quorum.


SP-2007-037 Informed Simplifications, LLC (Sign # 20)

PROPOSED:  Special Use Permit for a Home Occupation, Class B, home office with one part-time employee

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

SECTION:  10.2.2.(31)

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN LAND USE/DENSITY:  Rural Areas - preserve and protect agricultural, forestal, open space, and natural, historic and scenic resources/ density ( .5  unit/ acre)


LOCATION: 520 Panorama Rd., approximately 1,500 feet north of Manor Rd.



(Joan McDowell)


Ms. McDowell presented a power point presentation and summarized the staff report.  (See staff report.)



Ms. Joseph asked if the special use permit would run with the land and allow anyone who moved into the house to have a part time employee.


Ms. McDowell replied yes, that was correct, but for no more than 2 days per week with the parking next to the garage and the house.


Ms. Joseph asked if it was just for a home occupation, class B and not specific to this particular research use. 


Ms. McDowell replied yes, that it was just for a home occupation, class B and not for the specific use.


Ms. Joseph opened the public hearing and invited the applicant to address the Commission.


William Levee thanked staff for being so helpful in explaining his responsibilities and what he needed to do to comply with this.  He offered to answer any questions that the Commission might have.


Ms. Joseph asked if he did computer research.


Mr. Levee replied that the research they do uses the computers. They do medical research.


Ms. Joseph noted that what they were doing was more or less office work.


Mr. Levee said that it was called mathematical simulations on computers.  They try to recreate diseases and then figure out drug treatments on the computer for the diseases.  The diseases are in equations and electrons on the computer.


Ms. Joseph invited public comment. There being none, she closed the public hearing to bring the matter before the Commission.


Motion:  Mr. Craddock moved, Mr. Zobrist seconded, for approval of SP-2007-00037, Informed Simplifications, LLC, with the conditions recommended in the staff report.


  1. Special Use Permit 2007-37 Informed Simplifications shall be limited to one employee for no more than two days per week.
  2. No on-site visits from clients, patients, and/or customers shall be permitted.
  3. Special Use Permit 2007-37 Informed Simplifications shall be limited to home office area as it currently exists (423 square feet).
  4. Parking for the employee shall be in the area between the house and the garage.
  5. No sign advertising for this special use permit shall be permitted.


The motion for approval passed by a vote of 5:0. (Mr. Morris and Mr. Strucko were absent.) 


Ms. Joseph stated that SP-2007-00037, Informed Simplifications, LLC, would go before the Board of Supervisors on December 5, 2007 with a recommendation for approval.



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