Public Hearing for Proposed Gas Station/Convenience Store on Route 250 – Before the Albemarle County Planning Commission
There will be a public hearing for the proposed RestoreNStation gas station/convenience store looking to be located on Route 250 on April 20 at 6 p.m. at the Downtown County Office Building, Lane Auditorium, on the 2nd floor.
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The public hearing will give citizens a chance to express their opinions about the proposed RestoreNStation gas station/convenience store, which, if approved, will be the second largest gas station in the county. The proposed project is on a lot near the Brownsville Market and the high school, and in front of the community known as Freetown. The proposed gas station/convenience store will service cars and diesel semi-trucks, both from local traffic and traffic on Interstate 64. There are several issues being reviewed by the County with relation to this proposed gas station/convenience store, some of which have been taken up by the Architectural Review Board. A VDOT traffic study is currently completed in order to fulfill a legal requirement for the project, as the applicant projects that the project will generate at least 2,500 additional trips on Route 250 per day- 25% more trips than are currently recorded on that section of Route 250. This increased tra ffic projection currently does not include diesel trucks coming from the interstate.
This public hearing will be on the water aspects of the project. For background, you can read the Crozet Gazette article about the project from its January issue, if you haven’t already. It can be found online at:
The applicant for this project is looking to build on land that is zoned Highway Commercial, (from the old pre-Master Planning days). However, the project is not connected to water and sewer, and the County Zoning Administrator has determined that the applicant needs a special use permit, given the size of the proposed development and its water consumption. Any applicant needs to get a Special Use Permit to build when the County determines that you are going to pull more than 400 gallons of water per site acre per day for a project. The site is approximately 4 acres in size, which would give the applicant an allotment of 1,600 gallons of water per day to pull from the ground, (4 acres x 400 gallons per site acre per day).
The County has determined that the project will use more than the allotted 1,600 gallons per day. So, the applicant has asked for a Special Use Permit to use more than their water allotment. Although the applicant maintains that they won?t use their full allotment of water, he did not make an appeal to the County on this matter, so the Special Use Permit requirement will be addressed at this Planning Commission meeting.
Public Hearing for RestoreNStation – April 20 at 6 p.m. at the Downtown County Office Building, Lane Auditorium, on the 2nd floor.