Albemarle County Planning Commission

October 30, 2007


The Albemarle County Planning Commission held a work session, meeting and a public hearing on Tuesday, October 30, 2007, at 6:00 p.m., at the County Office Building, Lane Auditorium, Second Floor, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, Virginia.


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


Other officials present were David E. Pennock, Senior Planner; Wayne Cilimberg, Director of Planning; Greg Kamptner, Deputy County Attorney; Claudette Grant, Senior Planner; John Shepherd, Chief of Current Development; Rebecca Ragsdale, Senior Planner and Elaine Echols, Principal Planner. 


Call to Order and Establish Quorum:


Ms. Joseph called the meeting to order at 6:02 p.m.


ZMA-2007-00014 Liberty Hall Amendment (Sign # 36, 39)

PROPOSAL:  Rezone 8.01 acres from NMD Neighborhood Model District - residential (3 - 34 units/acre) mixed with commercial, service and industrial uses) to NMD Neighborhood Model District - residential (3 - 34 units/acre) mixed with commercial, service and industrial uses to amend the proffers to allow for for-lease affordable housing for approved units. No additional dwelling units are proposed.


EXISTING COMPREHENSIVE PLAN LAND USE/DENSITY:  Crozet Master Plan designates the property CT3 Urban Edge: single family residential (net 3.5-6.5 units/acre) supporting uses such as religious institutions and schools and other small-scale non-residential uses, and CT4 Urban General: residential (net 4.5 units/acre single family, net 12 units/acre townhouses/apartments, net 18 units/acre mixed use) with supporting uses such as religious institutions and schools and mixed uses including retail/office


LOCATION: Tax Map 56, Parcels 97A, 97A1, and 97 (only a .833 acre southwest portion of the property as shown on the General Development Plan) along Radford Lane near its intersection with Rockfish Gap Turnpike (Rt. 250 W)


(Rebecca Ragsdale)


Ms. Ragsdale presented a power point presentation and summarized the staff report.


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


Ms. Long, representative for the applicant Weatherhill Development, said that staff summed up all of the issues very well.  It was essentially a technical amendment to the proffers to provide additional flexibility for the affordable housing to be for rent units in addition to for sale units and also to expand the types of units that could be provided as affordable units. 


Ms. Joseph asked that they expand the affordable housing proffer so that it includes the option to offer cash in the event that the County prefers cash to a housing unit at the time of site plan approval because a potential buyer has not been found.


Ms. Long replied in the affirmative.


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


The Planning Commission discussed the request and took the following action.


Action on ZMA-2007-00014:


Motion: Mr. Strucko moved, Mr. Morris seconded, for approval of ZMA-2007-00014, Liberty Hall Amendment, as amended, to include the additional proffer language offered by Ms. Long.


The motion passed by a vote of 7:0. 


Ms. Joseph stated that ZMA-2007-00014, Liberty Hall Amendment will go before the Board of Supervisors with a recommendation for approval on December 12, 2007.



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