Albemarle County Planning Commission

November 28, 2006


The Albemarle County Planning Commission held a meeting and a public hearing on Tuesday, November 28, 2006, at 6:00 p.m., at the County Office Building, Second Floor, Auditorium, Second Floor, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, Virginia. Members attending were Eric Strucko, Jon Cannon, Duane Zobrist, Pete Craddock, Marcia Joseph, Chairman and Bill Edgerton.  Absent was Calvin Morris, Vice-Chairman.  Julia Monteith, Senior Land Use Planner for the University of Virginia, representative for David J. Neuman, FAIA, Architect for University of Virginia was present. 


Other officials present were Wayne Cilimberg, Planning Director; David Benish, Chief of Planning; Bill Fritz, Chief of Current Development; Scott Clark, Senior Planner; Rebecca Ragsdale, Senior Planner; David E. Pennock, Principal Planner and Greg Kamptner, Deputy County Attorney.



            Work Sessions:


CPA 2005-05 Southern Area B and Granger Property (David Benish)


CPA 2005-05 Southern Area B Study - Review amendment to the Comprehensive Plan to include the recommendations of the Planning and Coordination Councilís (PACC) Southern Urban Area B Study.


Granger Property - Proposal to amend the Comprehensive Planís Land Use designation from Neighborhood Density Residential (3-6 dwellings per acre) to Office Service use for a 69.5 acre property located south of the Norfolk Southern railroad track and is bounded by I-64 to the west, Sunset Avenue to the South, and Stribling Avenue and Mooreís Creek to the east.  The property is located within the boundary of the Southern Urban Area B Study area.


In summary, the Planning Commission held a work session on two proposed comprehensive plan amendments that staff has been working on.  One is staff initiated, which is the process of adopting the recommendations of the Southern Urban Area B Study, a Planning and Coordination Councilís (PACC) study into the Countyís Comprehensive Plan.  The second is an applicant request for an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan to change the land use designation, which is referred to as the Granger property.  That tract of land is approximately 69 acres of land, which is located off of Stribling Avenue.  It is designated for Neighborhood Density Residential in the current County Comprehensive Plan.  In the proposed PACC Area B Study is recommended for high density residential and mixed use development.  The applicant is proposing an office/service designation in order to allow for a mixed use development consisting of primarily basic employment related office development with mixed commercial and possibly residential development. 


Because the Granger property lies in the PACC Study, staff has been working on these two projects together and really has taken the approach as you look at the amendments to include the Southern Urban Area B Study take into consideration the request the applicant has made to modify the land use designation on that Granger tract so that really they could think of this as one comprehensive plan amendment.  But, there is a private request, which is a unique request that is part of it. 


Staff reviewed the recommendations of the study in the staff report and answered the Commission questions.  Frank Cox, applicant, made a power point presentation and explained the Granger request.  The Commission took public comment. The Commission provided comments and changes reflecting an office mixed use land use on the Granger site and the changes identified in the staff report.


Staff will bring back revised language and maps to incorporate in to the Comprehensive Plan to the Commission for future work sessions.  Staff will also work on having a dialogue with Jim Tolbert on how to get City comment.


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