SP-2003-074 Karin M. Gest Private School - Request for a special use permit to allow a private school for classroom driver training in accordance with Section of the Zoning Ordinance which allows for private schools in the PUD Zoning District.   The property, described as Tax Map 61Z, Section 3, Parcel 202B, contains .245 acres, and is zoned PUD-Planned Unit Development.  The proposal is located on Incarnation Drive, at the intersection of Rt. 1694 (Branchland Boulevard) and Rt. 1427 (Hillsdale Drive) in the Rio Magisterial District.  The Comprehensive Plan designates this property as Urban Density Residential (6.01-34 dwelling units per acre) in Neighborhood 2. (Tarpley Gillespie)


Ms. Gillispie summarized the staff report. The applicant is requesting a special use permit to allow a private school to be located within the existing Branchlands Professional Center Office Building. It is a private school for class room driver training and it would have up to ten students, with an average of 8 students, and conduct classes after 4 p.m. in the evening with the occasional Saturday activity as well. The property is zoned PUD and it is part of the original Branchlands PUD.  There was a site plan completed for this new building in 1999. There were 97 parking spaces required for the site plan.  The site provides 105 parking spaces. In our review one of the things they needed to do was to determine the number of parking spaces that would be required.  The Zoning Ordinance gives the authority to make that determination to the Zoning Administrator who requested a parking study of the applicant. The applicant provided the parking plan, which is in the packet.  The parking plan is also posted on the board. She stated that also provided was some stipulations about their business such as the hours and the number of students.  The parking plan shows the 4 parking spaces designated specifically for this use and there are 8 spaces in the lot, which are open spaces that pretty much anyone can use. The Zoning Administrator did require 5 parking spaces for this use and staff felt that those 5 parking spaces were being met through the 4 designated and the 8 open spaces.  Therefore, it does meet the parking requirement.  Staff reviewed the proposal against the Comprehensive Plan, which designates this property for Urban Density Residential and against the Neighborhood Model.  Because this is an existing site and there are no anticipated land use impacts, staff does not recommend any site improvements or exterior modifications. Staff feels that it is in conformity with the Comprehensive Plan and is recommending approval.  Staff recommends two conditions of approval.  The first condition was that the maximum number of students be kept at ten.  The second condition would be that the normal hours of operation be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a provision that an occasional school related activity might occur outside of those hours.  She pointed out that Steve Melton was here to answer any questions on behalf of the applicant.


Mr. Rieley asked if there were questions for staff.


Mr. Thomas stated that it was a very good use for shared parking.  He stated that in the condition it said except school related events.  He asked what events that they would be and if they would occur during the specified hours.


Ms. Gillispie stated that this was a standard condition that the Zoning Department likes them to put on private schools.  This condition would allow a graduation ceremony or some other activity for parents.


Mr. Rieley asked if there were other questions for staff.  There being none, he opened the public hearing and asked if the applicant would like to address the Commission.


Steve Melton stated that he would represent Ms. Gest tonight.  He stated that he concurred with staff’s comments and would be happy to answer any questions.


Mr. Rieley asked if anybody else would like to address this issue. There being none, he closed the public hearing to bring the matter back to the Commission for discussion and possible action.


Mr. Thomas moved for approval of SP-2003-74, Karin M. Gest Private School, with the conditions recommended by staff in the staff report.


1.       Maximum enrollment shall be 10 students;


2.       Normal hours of operation for the school shall be from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM provided that occasional school-related events might occur outside of these hours.


Mr. Edgerton seconded the motion.


The motion carried by a vote of (5:0).  (Finley – Absent)


Mr. Rieley stated that SP-2003-74 would go to the Board of Supervisors with a recommendation for approval and would be heard on January 7th.


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