Albemarle County Planning Commission

August 12, 2008



The Albemarle County Planning Commission held a meeting and public hearing on Tuesday, August 12, 2008, at 6:00 p.m., at the County Office Building, Lane Auditorium, Second Floor, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, Virginia.


Members attending were Marcia Joseph, Thomas Loach, Linda Porterfield and Calvin Morris, Chairman.  Absent were Eric Strucko, Jon Cannon, Vice Chairman and Bill Edgerton.  Julia Monteith, AICP, non-voting representative for the University of Virginia was absent. 


Other officials present were Gerald Gatobu, Senior Planner; Judy Wiegand, Senior Planner; Wayne Cilimberg, Director of Planning; Bill Fritz, Chief of Current Development and Greg Kamptner, Deputy County Attorney. 


Call to Order and Establish Quorum:


Mr. Morris called the regular meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. and established a quorum.



            Public Hearing Items:


SP-2008-00021 Co-Construct

PROPOSED: Home Occupation, Class B to allow up to 2 employees associated with a internet-based home business ZONING CATEGORY/GENERAL USAGE:   PRD, Planned Residential District, with Proffers : residential (3 - 34 units/acre) with limited commercial uses. SECTION: 19.3.2 Home Occupations, Class B. COMPREHENSIVE PLAN LAND USE/DENSITY:  Crozet Master Plan Neighborhood Edge CT3 - predominantly residential uses (net 3.5 -4.5 units per acre, 6.5 units per acre if accessory apartments added for 50% of the residential stock) in Neighborhood 7. ENTRANCE CORRIDOR: No. LOCATION:  1814 Clay Drive, Crozet, VA 22932, in the Waylands Grant subdivision, off of Jarman's Gap Road (RT 691), approx. 700 ft from the intersection of Crozet Ave (Rt 810). TAX MAP/PARCEL:  55D-49. MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT: White Hall. (Judy Wiegand)


Ms. Wiegand made a power-point presentation and summarized the staff report.  (See power-point presentation)


The purpose of this special use permit is to allow an existing internet-based business now operating under a Home Occupation, Class A permit to add up to two employees.


Applicant’s Proposal:

         Now operates an internet-based business that provides project management software for home builders and remodelers. Sells subscription access to its website.

         Business is growing—needs up to two employees.

         Regular business hours 8 am – 6 pm, Monday – Friday.

         Employees will park in the driveway.

         No customer/client visits to the home.

         No signs or other exterior changes to home.


As an attachment to the staff report there is a neighbor’s letter in support of the request from the occupant of the other side of the duplex.  The business will primarily be conducted in the basement.  Wayland’s Grant has single-family and duplex homes.


Factors Favorable: 

1.      This home occupation provides a useful service to home builders and remodelers.

2.      Allowing the owner to have up to two (2) employees not living in the home will offer employment to two people.

3.      There will be no impacts on surrounding properties.


Staff has not identified any unfavorable factors.


Staff recommends approval of the special use permit subject to the conditions listed in the staff report.



Mr. Loach asked if there are a maximum number of employees before it changes to another grade.


Mr. Cilimberg noted that the ordinance allows up to two non-family employees, which can be modified by the Planning Commission.


Mr. Morris opened the public hearing and invited the applicant to address the Commission.


Donald Wyatt, applicant, represented the request.


Mr. Morris invited public comment.  There being none, he closed the public hearing to bring the matter back


Motion:  Mr. Loach moved and Ms. Joseph seconded to recommend approval of SP-2008-00021, Co-Construct with the conditions recommended by staff,


  1. This Home Occupation, Class B, replaces Home Occupation, Class A (HO 2005-00260).
  2. There will be no more than two (2) employees, other than members of the immediate family living on the premises.
  3. The Home Occupation will not use more than 500 square feet of the home at 1814 Clay Drive.
  4. There will be no customer/client visits.


The motion passed by a vote of 4:0. 


Mr. Morris said that SP-2008-021, Co-Construct will go before the Board of Supervisors at a date to be determined with a recommendation for approval.



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