Albemarle County Planning Commission

December 11, 2007


SP-2007-00044 Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA (Sign # 74)

PROPOSED: special use permit for outside fenced dog exercise areas, also for potential adopters to socialize with dogs. No residential units proposed.

ZONING CATEGORY/GENERAL USAGE: C-1 Commercial--retail sales and service uses; and residential use by special use permit (15 units/ acre).

SECTION: Animal Shelter, uses permitted by special use permit in Commercial district.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN LAND USE/DENSITY:  Transitional- neighborhood-scale commercial uses, offices, townhouses and apartments (6.01-34 units/acre) in Neighborhood 1.


LOCATION: 3355 Berkmar Drive, Charlottesville, VA, approximately 1100 feet north of intersection with Woodbrook Drive.



(Judy Wiegand)


Motion:  Mr. Strucko moved, Mr. Morris seconded, for approval of SP-2007-00044, Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA, with the conditions recommended in the staff report, as amended.


1.       Planning Department approval of a tree conservation plan for the areas located along the Berkmar Drive road frontage in order to preserve existing trees and provide shade and shelter for people and animals.


2.       An evergreen screen consisting of a double row of trees planted 15’ on center, to conform with ordinance requirements, shall be provided between the dog pens and the adjacent residential property. 


3.       Fundraising activities and other special events shall not occur unless a zoning clearance has been issued by the Department of Community Development.


4.       The site shall be developed in accord with the attached site plan entitled “Charlottesville/Albemarle S.P.C.A. ZMA 2000-005, SP 2000-022, Revised November 6, 2007.”


5.       Animals may be walked and/or exercised outside only between the hours of 8:00 am and 7:00 pm. While animals are outside, they must be supervised.


6.       Uses shall be limited to an animal shelter and a veterinary hospital with associated offices only.


7.       Fencing shall be of the material identified and installed in the locations shown on the plan entitled “Charlottesville/Albemarle S.P.C.A. ZMA 2000-005, SP 2000-022, Revised November 6, 2007.”


The motion passed by a vote of 7:0.


Action on the Waivers:


Motion:  Mr. Morris moved, Mr. Edgerton seconded, for approval of the waivers to the 500-foot setback and solid fencing regulations and to the 20-foot residential setback requirement for SP-2007-00044, Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA.


The motion passed by a vote of 7:0.


Ms. Joseph stated that SP-2007-00044, Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA, would go before the Board of Supervisors on January 9, 2007 with a recommendation for approval with conditions.



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