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.


            Regular Items:


ZMA-2007-00015 DTG Dickerson Road (Sign # 79)

PROPOSAL:  Rezone 2.64 acres from Rural Area (RA) zoning district which allows agricultural, forestal, and fishery uses; residential density (0.5 unit/acre) to Light Industrial zoning district which allows industrial, office, and limited commercial uses (no residential use). No residential units are proposed.

PROFFERS:  Yes  X   No

EXISTING COMPREHENSIVE PLAN LAND USE/DENSITY:  Industrial Service -- warehousing, light industry, heavy industry, research, office uses, regional scale research, limited production and marketing activities, supporting commercial, lodging and conference facilities, and residential (6.01-34 units/acre) in the Community of Hollymead.


LOCATION: approximately 4500 feet north of the intersection with Airport Road (Rt. 649) at 4090 Dickerson Road (Rt. 606), on the west side of Dickerson across from Quail Run in the Community of Hollymead.



(Judy Wiegand)


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


·         The applicant requests to rezone 1 parcel from Rural Areas to Light Industrial to permit the property owner to operate a small roofing business.  The only change proposed by the applicant is to add parking area behind the building with a privacy fence where he can park his equipment.  This project complies with the Comprehensive Plan, which shows the Airport area as institutional and this area including the applicant’s as industrial.  It is across the street from a very large industrial area. 

·         Staff is still working on the proffers with the applicant.  Staff has requested a proffer to develop the property in accordance with the plan. Yesterday in a response to an email from the Chair, staff made a couple further statements about it.  Staff has new language from the County Engineer regarding water and sewer and indicated that staff would not be requesting a list of uses in a proffer.  There is general agreement on where they are going with the proffers.  The expectations are that they would limit activity on the site to the improvements that are currently shown on the plan with some flexibility for minor additions and accessory structures such as possibly a storage shed at some time in the future.  They would also limit the use of the site to uses which have impacts similar to the current proposed use.  This would include impacts such as traffic impacts and water and sewer impacts.  The parcel is currently on well and septic, which was part of the special use permit for the Woodman of the World’s use on the site.  The applicant will proffer to connect to water and sewer within 1 year after those services are available either along the Dickerson Road frontage or in public easements on adjacent parcels.  If the Commission agrees with these general expectations, staff is very comfortable that they can work out appropriate language with the applicant before the Board of Supervisors public hearing.

·         Factors Favorable:

o        The County needs additional Light Industrial zoned property to accommodate this type of use.  

o        The property is designated Industrial Service in the Comprehensive Plan.  It recommends Light Industrial in the Places29 Plan. 

o        The property is in the development area so the Rural Areas zoning is inappropriate. 

o        The location for the new district is appropriate because it is adjacent to other Light Industrial Districts and to the Airport.


·         Staff has found no factors that are unfavorable to this rezoning request.  Staff’s recommendation is approval of this rezoning from Rural Areas to Light Industrial with the proffers subject to modifications to address non-substantive matters.


There being no questions for staff, Ms. Joseph opened the public hearing and invited the applicant to address the Commission.


Darren Jacquelyn, owner and founder of Rooftop Services in Charlottesville, Virginia, said that he started the company in August, 2000.  He has been in the roofing industry for 26 years.  When he came to Charlottesville he saw a big need for a roofing company in between the small and big people.  So it has worked very well.  Right now they are located on Harris Street in the City.  He has been looking for 3 years for some place that they could have a home.  He has been renting since day 1.  He found this location in the County.   There are 12 employees.  They meet at the office in the morning.  There are 8 people who meet in the morning between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m. and leave the site.  During the day there are possibly 4 people at the most at the office.  They have customers come into the office from time to time, but not that often.  It is possibly 2 persons per day at the most.  Most of their work is residential.  He has 2 dump trucks and 2- 14’ landscape trailers that he wanted to put behind the building.  The main reason he wanted to put in the privacy fence was so that from Dickerson Road nothing could be seen.  They are trying to comply with all regulations.  The building is already there.  It is a metal structure.  There are offices in the front with a warehouse in the back.  There are no hazardous materials stored in the warehouse.  They do metal roofing and therefore have a break in the shop.  They need a shop to bend up the metal flashings for a metal roof.  There are about 22 parking spaces currently that are more than enough that they would need.  It is on well and septic right now.  The location is not in a jurisdiction to take on County sewer and water, but at some point when it gets closer they would like to tap into it.  At this point it was about 700’ away and was extremely expensive to hook into the sewer and water. He had it tested.  There are 2 septic tanks on the property with one being the main one with a reserve.  They had the well serviced and checked and it was 5 gallons a minute.  Therefore, he was told that a dance club could be there and the well would handle the water needs.  With a roofing company the work is done mainly at the residence and not at the office.


Ms. Joseph invited public comment.  There being none, the public hearing was closed and the matter before the Commission.  She asked if the rezoning request would go to the Board with a request that the property be placed in a jurisdictional area also.


Ms. Wiegand replied that staff is proposing a separate action to put all 6 parcels in.  That is currently being worked on.


Ms. Joseph asked if this is something that would be ready to go before the Board by January 16.


Ms. Wiegand replied that it would not be that fast, but it was being done.


Mr. Craddock asked if they would have to hook into it within 1 year.


Ms. Wiegand noted that staff would write the proffer so that within 1 year of the time it becomes available either in the Dickerson Road frontage in front of the parcel or if, for example, the County Engineer indicated that the sewer might actually come behind the parcel.  The idea is that they want it to be closer to the parcel before they expect the applicant to connect to it.  Right now the cost and the distance are prohibitive.


Mr. Craddock asked if there was a time limit for the residential houses, and Ms. Wiegand replied no.


Mr. Cilimberg noted that there are 2 things that would need to happen.  First, physical lines will need to become basically adjacent to this property.  Ms. Joseph was referring to the jurisdictional area designation given by the Board that allows it to receive public water and sewer at such time that it is under those conditions that the lines are physical there. 


Ms. Joseph said that right now they are not allowed to hook up.


Action on ZMA-2007-00015 DTG Dickerson Road:


Motion:  Mr. Zobrist moved, Mr. Craddock seconded, for approval of ZMA-2007-00015 DTG Dickerson Road, with the conditions set forth in the staff report and provided that appropriate language is worked out between staff and the applicant prior to the Board meeting.


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


Ms. Joseph stated that ZMA-2007-00015, DTG Dickerson Road, will go before the Board of Supervisors with a recommendation for approval on January 16.


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