ZMA-2006-00008 Berkmar Business Park (Sign# 88 & 89)

Rezone 5.67 acres from R-6 zoning district which allows residential uses and up to 6 units per acre to Neighborhood Model District (NMD) for up to 275,000 square feet of commercial use and up to 190 units.  NMD allows residential (3 - 34 units/acre) mixed with commercial, service and industrial uses.  PROFFERS:  Yes

EXISTING COMPREHENSIVE PLAN LAND USE/DENSITY:  Regional Service - regional-scale retail, wholesale, business and/or employment centers, and residential (6.01-34 units/acre) in Neighborhood One. 


LOCATION: Along the east side of Berkmar Drive between Woodbrook Drive and Hilton Heights Drive north of Planet Fun. 

TAX MAP/PARCELS: Tax Map 45 Parcels 112, 112 E, and a portion of 112G. 


(Elaine Echols)





Motion:  Mr. Edgerton moved, Mr. Cannon seconded, for denial of ZMA-2006-00008, Berkmar Business Park for the reason that the Commission does not have the information needed to address the factors as outlined in the staff report as unfavorable which were identified as the following:


  1. Appropriate proffers for constructing the connector road. 
  2. Resolution of the stormwater management approach since the applicant wishes to modify and use the regional pond that is currently maintained by the County.
  3. Provision for spatial enclosure along Berkmar Drive.
  4. Off-site easements for grading and construction of the connector road (Applicant provided letter to staff agreeing to off-site easements immediately prior to the hearing)
  5. A commitment for no more than 25% retail uses for the development.
  6. A greater commitment to landscaping and tree planting in the Code of Development to deal with loss of trees identified on the Open Space Plan.
  7. Information on special conditions for Tier III wireless facilities and commercial recreational establishments or removal of these uses from the proposal.
  8. Information on how the amenities for a significant residential use would be provided where buildings are shown on the General Development Plan.
  9. Provision of a conceptual grading plan which works with the connector road as well as with any option constructed that conforms to the General Development Plan.
  10. Provision for a higher level of stormwater management and erosion and sediment control.
  11. Provision of standard language for cash proffers for off-site impacts.
  12. Provision of commitment for bus shelter for transit. 
  13. A number of other small technical changes are needed to the Code of Development, General Development Plan, the Context Map showing Option 1 from Rezoning Narrative dated 2/18/08, and the Project Narrative.


The motion for denial passed by a vote of 5:2. (Ms. Porterfield and Mr. Morris voted nay.)


Mr. Morris noted that ZMA-2006-00008, Berkmar Business Park will go before the Board of Supervisors on May 7 with a recommendation for denial.


Mr. Edgerton emphasized the importance that complete minutes are provided to the Board of Supervisors on this matter in order that the Commissionerís comments are heard. 


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