CROZET COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Crozet Library, 2020 Library Ave, Crozet, VA 22932
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
- Introductions and Agenda Review (Allie Pesch – CCAC chair)
- Approval of Minutes
- Yancey Lumber Company – Special Exception Requests (Valerie Long, Williams
Mullen – 45 minutes)
- CIP Check-in / Crozet Elementary Expansion Funding (Joe Fore, CCAC – 10 min)
- Crozet Master Plan Update Check-In #3 (Andrew Knuppel, Albemarle County
Community Development – 10 min)
- Items Not Listed on the Agenda
from a Nextdoor post, re: Yancey Lumber’s Special Exception Request
November 1, 2019 RE: Community Meeting – R. A. Yancey Lumber Corporation Special Exception Requests
Dear Neighbor, On behalf of our client R. A. Yancey Lumber Corporation, we invite you to attend a Community Meeting to be held during the monthly meeting of the Crozet Community Advisory Committee on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 7:00 pm at the Crozet Library at 2020 Library Avenue, Crozet, VA 22932 regarding Yancey Lumber Company’s application to Albemarle County for “Special Exceptions” to obtain relief from certain setback regulations and other regulations associated with new equipment that is planned for the sawmill and lumber yard that the company owns on Rockfish Gap Turnpike (Route 250 West) near the Interstate 64 Interchange. Since 1949, three generations of the Yancey family have been operating the sawmill and lumber yard at this location.
The Company sincerely appreciates the patience of its neighbors and the larger Crozet community over the past year while it worked to reduce the noise generated by the new fan installed on the boiler of one of its kilns. With the assistance of numerous consultants and engineering firms, the Company was able to secure and install a custom-designed and custom-manufactured fan modification insert that has successfully reduced the tonal fan noise, which was causing the disruption.
The sawmill and lumber yard existed for several decades at the property before the first zoning ordinance was adopted in the County. Although the property is now zoned Heavy Industry which allows a sawmill and lumber yard, there are a number of regulations that were adopted after the business started at the property, and thus are not applicable to the business. To maintain its competitive position in the lumber industry, the Company must invest in new equipment at the property, known as a “Sorter-Stacker” machine, which is allowed in the Heavy Industry zoning district.
However, this new equipment is subject to all other regulations in the zoning ordinance, including those specific to sawmills and lumber yards, and regulations regarding noise and vibration. In connection with the proposed construction of the Sorter- Stacker machine, the Company has applied for a number of requests for modification to these regulations to accommodate the new equipment and to address other nonconformities involving the business and the property. These applications are known as “Special Exception Requests.”
The purpose of the Community Meeting is to provide an opportunity for residents to receive information and ask questions about the proposed project and the Special Exception Requests, County review procedures, and relevant regulations and policies of the County
321 East Main Street, Suite 400 Charlottesville, VA 22902 T 434.951.5700 F 434.817.0977 williamsmullen.com| A Professional Corporation November 1, 2019 Page 2 applicable to the application.
Representatives of the Company and a member of the County Staff will be available at the meeting to answer questions about the project and the review process.
The Crozet Community Advisory Committee meeting will start at 7:00 p.m.
The Community Meeting will include a presentation of the proposed project, followed by a question and answer period. The meeting will be held at the Crozet Library. We look forward to seeing you there. Sincerely, Valerie Long Valerie Long Attorney for R. A. Yancey Lumber Company cc: Supervisor Ann Mallek Planning Commissioner Jennie More County Planner Bill Fritz 41295239_1