December 7, 2005



Kay Slaughter

1501 Short 18th Street

Charlottesville, VA 22902



RE:      SP 2004-004 Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center of Virginia (Signs #89,92,94)

Tax Map 62 Parcel 23



Dear Ms. Slaughter:


The Albemarle County Planning Commission, at its meeting on November 22, 2005, recommended approval of the above-noted petition to the Board of Supervisors by a vote of 5:2.

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


  1. The site shall be developed in general accord with all sheets of the plan entitled “Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center,” revised October 18, 2005 and prepared by Nelson, Byrd, Woltz. Setbacks indicated in the table on sheets L3.1 and L3.2 do not set increased minimum setbacks. The improvements shown on the referenced plan that are north of the creek are not covered under this permit.
  2. The top of the Lookout Tower, measured in elevation above mean sea level, shall not exceed [AMSL + 35].  The approved height shall at no time be taller than the tallest tree within 25 feet of the Lookout Tower, and shall include any base, foundation or grading that raises the tower above the pre-existing natural ground elevation.
  3. A maximum of 12 special events, in accordance with Section 5.1.42.i, are authorized per calendar year.
  4. A maximum of 4 festivals, in accordance with Section 5.1.42.j, are authorized per calendar year.
  5. A lighting plan and a landscaping plan shall be submitted, reviewed, and approved by the Architectural Review Board prior to final site plan development plan approval.
  6. In accordance with Section, a 20% tree canopy shall be required for the site based on the disturbed area for the historical center building, parking, and access road.

7.       Prior to any grading or construction activity, the limits of the 100-year flood plain and stream buffers, where adjacent to constructed proposed improvements including the amphitheater, timber fort, lookout tower, entrance road and retaining wall, shall be flagged at 10-foot intervals by a land surveyor to prevent encroachment land disturbing activity, storage of construction equipment or materials, and actual construction of improvements during construction.

8.       Outdoor amplified noise is not allowed on site.

9.       As stipulated in the lease agreement between the applicant and the City and County, the proposed improvements are to be reviewed by the City and County prior to construction to make sure there are alternative uses available for the improvements should the venture fail.


Please be advised that the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors will review this petition and receive public comment at their meeting on January 4, 2006. Any new or additional information regarding your application must be submitted to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors at least seven days prior to your scheduled hearing date.



Action on Modifications to Sections 5.1.42 and 5.1.42.g:

The Albemarle County Planning Commission, by a vote of 5:2, approved the following two modifications to Sections 5.1.42 and 5.1.42.g as follows:


Section 5.1.42.a new historical center structures:

Approval of a modification to allow the historical center structure to exceed the ordinance provision that new buildings associated with historical centers not exceed 1,500 square feet in floor area with the following condition:


1. The new historical center structure shall not exceed 15,000 square feet in floor area.


Section 5.1.42.g Accessory Uses:

Approval of a modification to allow the floor area of accessory uses within the historical center building to exceed 10% of the total floor area of the structure with the following condition:


1. Accessory uses identified in Section 5.1.42(g) shall not exceed 20% of the floor area of the building.


View staff report and attachments

View PC minutes

     November 22, 2005
  October 4, 2005

     May 24, 2005 (Special Events)

Return to regular agenda


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






Rebecca Ragsdale

Senior Planner

Planning Division





Cc:       Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center

            P.O. Box 281

            Charlottesville, VA 22902


            City of Charlottesville & County of Albemarle

            401 McIntire Road

            Charlottesville, VA 22902


Ella Carey                     Jack Kelsey                             

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