CONSENT AGENDA REQUEST

Sponsor:

Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:

Terrence L. Nyhous, Chairman, Center District Supervisor

 

April 8, 2010

Staff Lead:

Department: 

Susan K. Eddy, Chief of Planning

 

Community Development

 

Topic:

A Resolution Initiating a Subdivision Ordinance Text Amendment to Section 9 – Preliminary Plats Giving Approval Authority to the Subdivision Agent for Preliminary Plats Within the Mixed Use Special District – Bealeton Service District (MU – Bealeton) and the Planned Residential Development District (PRD)  

 

Topic Description:

The proposed text amendment would give approval authority to the Subdivision Agent for Preliminary Plats within the Mixed Use Special District – Bealeton Service District (MU – Bealeton) and the Planned Residential Development District (PRD).  Currently the Planning Commission approves Preliminary Plats, after which the item is placed on the Board of Supervisors’ agenda for final approval.  At this time, the Subdivision Agent approves the final plat following an approved preliminary plat.   The Subdivision Agent also approves Family Divisions, Administrative Divisions, Large Lots, and Commercial, Institutional and Governmental Lots.

This amendment is being proposed for two reasons.  First, the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors review extensive information at the rezoning stage in these two districts, and very little new information would be seen at the Preliminary Plat stage.   Applications for rezoning in the MU-Bealeton District and the PRD District require far more information than other rezoning applications.  These additional submission requirements include a concept development plan and code of development which must include:

  • Grading and topography with 2 foot contours;
  • Street, block and open space layout;
  • General layout for water and sewer;
  • A conceptual stormwater management plan;
  • Location of key features;
  • Typical lot layout;
  • Design standards establishing lot sizes, build-to-lines and heights for each block;
  • Architectural standards;
  • Design standards for streets, sidewalks and trails, including typical cross sections; and
  • A landscape plan and landscape standards;

The information required is similar to, and in most cases much more detailed than, that which is required at the Preliminary Plat stage.  The only requirement of a Preliminary Plat not required at the rezoning stage for the MU-Bealeton or PRD Districts is a preliminary soil report.   However, this report is required at the Preliminary Plat stage and would still be reviewed by the Subdivision Agent at that stage. 

The second reason for proposing this amendment is that projects in the PRD District, and particularly projects in the MU–Bealeton District, have a commercial and mixed-use component.  Site plans, which are administratively approved, are required for these projects.  Staff is anticipating many combined site plan/preliminary plat submittals.  Allowing staff to review these in tandem would help facilitate the review process.

The PRD Ordinance was amended by the Board of Supervisors in 2009 to require a more traditional form of development.   Rezonings to the PRD District before January 1, 2009 did not have the same extensive submission requirements as those approved after adoption of the amended Ordinance.  Therefore, Preliminary Plats for properties zoned to the PRD District prior to January 1, 2009 would continue to be approved by the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors.

 

Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:

Consider adoption of the attached resolution.

 

Financial Impact Analysis:

No financial impact analysis has been conducted.

Identify any other Departments, Organizations or Individuals that would be affected by this request:

Planning Commission

Property Owners in the Mixed Use Special District – Bealeton Service District (MU –    Bealeton) and the Planned Residential Development District (PRD)

 

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