Request to amend the Albemarle County Service Authority Jurisdictional Area for water service to Tax Map 46, Parcels 23D and 23D1.



To consider holding a public hearing to amend the ACSA Jurisdictional Area boundary to provide water service.



Tucker, Foley, Cilimberg, Benish, Ragsdale





August 11, 2004


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This is a proposal to amend the ACSA Jurisdiction Area to provide water service to two parcels which are 2.3 acres and 2.2 acres in size, located on the south side of Route 643 (Polo Grounds Road). The properties are adjacent to the Rivanna River and are located across from the entrance to the Montgomery Ridge subdivision (under construction). The properties are zoned RA, Rural Areas and are designated as Rural Area in the Comprehensive Plan. The properties’ current water source is a spring located across Polo Grounds on Tax Map 46, Parcel 23B. The applicant is requesting water service due to potential threats to the spring’s viability as a water source. The immediately adjacent properties to the east and the west are not located in the ACSAJA. All properties located on the north side of Polo Grounds Road are within the ACSAJA for water and sewer service. (Attachment A) Water lines will be constructed within the Montgomery Ridge subdivision and the ACSA estimates that, once water lines are complete, they will be within approximately 800+ feet of the applicant’s property.



Goal 2.1:  Protect and/or preserve the County’s rural character.



The Comprehensive Plan provides the following concerning the provision of water and sewer to the Rural Areas:

  • Provide water and sewer service only to areas within the ACSA Jurisdictional Areas (p.125).
  • Follow the boundaries of the designated Development Ares in delineating the Jurisdictional Areas (p.125).
  • Only allow changes in the Jurisdictional Areas outside of the designated Development Areas in cases where the property is: 1) adjacent to existing lines; 2) public health and/or safety are in danger (p125).

This request has been made because the condition of the spring serving the properties is being compromised due to surrounding development.  There are very limited opportunities to locate a new well on the properties, due to the location of drainfields and because portions of the properties are located in the floodplain. The applicant has submitted preliminary information which indicates attempts to locate wells on the property have not been successful due to dangerously high contaminates in the water. Staff has requested the applicant provide more information from the hydrologist and also the Health Department. It is anticipated that this information will be available in sufficient time for the staff to review prior to public hearing.



The request appears to be consistent with the Comprehensive Plan policy for the provision of public water service to the Rural Area subject to further information to be provided and reviewed regarding on-site options for providing adequate service to the sites. In order to allow for a timely review of this request given the applicant’s current situation, staff recommends the Board set a public hearing for its September 1 meeting to consider providing water service to the existing structures on Tax map 46, parcels 23D and 23D1.


ATTACHMENTS: A-Plat of property; B-Jurisdictional Area Map