February 5, 2008


Scott Watkins

P.O. Box 8241

Charlottesville, Va 22906


RE:      ZMA2007-00016 Watkins 250 Rezoning (Sign # 74)

            Tax Map 56, Parcels 107C, 98D


            SP2007-00060 Watkins 250 (Outdoor Storage)

            Tax Map 56, Parcels 107C & 98D


Dear Mr. Watkins:


The Albemarle County Planning Commission, at its meeting on January 22, 2008, recommended approval of the above-noted petition to the Board of Supervisors.


Please note that this approval is subject to the following conditions:


Motion on ZMA-2007-00016 Watkins Route 250 Rezoning:

  1. The language of the proffers describing the limitations on the development of the property, particularly Section be amended to read as follows:  “Home and business services such as grounds care, landscaping and other related repair and maintenance services.”
  2. The opportunity for R-15 special use permits be excluded as per the offer of the applicant. 



The motion passed by a vote of 5:1. 


Motion on SP-2007-00060 Watkins 250 Outdoor Storage:

  1. Products shall be stored only in the areas indicated for storage on the Watkins & Company Concept Plan sheet L-2 dated November 2007 and revised 1/2/08.
  2. All nursery stock shall be stored on the ground without use of racks, display stands or other similar items.
  3. Any structure required for separating the mulch, topsoil and compost shall not exceed 6’ in height. The design of such structure is subject to review/approval by the ARB during the site plan review.
  4. The site shall be landscaped according to the following criteria and ARB approval of landscape plan to include:

–         A mixed planting of trees and shrubs, both evergreen and deciduous, shall be provided in the 30-foot planting strip along the south side of the site and along the west side of the site from the shed to the EC. The planting shall be continued westward to the retaining wall in all areas disturbed by grading.

–        A mixed planting shall be provided along the east side of the site to provide screening for the storage areas and to blend with the surroundings.

5.   The parking of trucks for the business beyond the 9-space parking lot shown on the Concept Plan shall be limited as follows: A maximum of 5 trucks may be parked between the mulch/top soil storage area and the 5950 sf nursery stock storage area during the night hours.


The motion passed by a vote of 6:0. 


Motion for Withdrawal of the Site Plan Waiver:

The motion passed by a vote of 6:0. 


Motion on the Waiver of Buffer/Screening Requirements:

The motion of approval passed by a vote of 6:0. 


View Executive Summary and Attachments

View Staff Report and Attachments

View PC Minutes of October 30, 2007, December 11, 2007 and January 22, 2008

Return to regular agenda


Please be advised that the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors will review this petition and receive public comment at their meeting on March 12, 2008.


If you should have any questions or comments regarding the above noted action, please do not hesitate to contact me at (434) 296-5832.






Rebecca Ragsdale


Planning Division