Give Input on Restore N Station

From the Crozet Community Association: I am passing on a email from Summer Frederick, Senior Planner for Albemarle County: Please be advised, the deadline for including new/additional information in the above mentioned project’s staff report for the Board of Supervisors’ meeting on October 13, 2010 is next Monday, September 20, 2010. Materials received will be included in the packet for informational purposes only.   Staff analysis and comment will not be provided.   If you wish to provide such materials, please address them to: Summer Frederick Senior Planner, Current Development Albemarle County 401 McIntire Road Charlottesville, VA  22902-4596 434.296.5832 x3565 Email:  [email protected]

Restore N Station *Does* Need a Special Use Permit

Basically, Ron Higgins’ determination has been negated and the current status of the RestoreNStation is that it is still denied and must/may proceed with the Special Use Permit process. This determination supercedes the August 19, 2010 determination , which is hereby withdrawn. … It is my determination, after careful review of the information in your July 21, 2010 memorandum, the pertinent sections of the Albemarle County Zoning Ordinance and furhter discusssions with Albemarle County Officials, that the proposed Re-Store N’ Station continues to require a special use permit for water consumption in accordance with County Code … … Re-Store N’ Station New Determination-Signed

So … is the Restore N Station Getting Built?

Last I heard the Restore N Station’s special use permit was denied . Now it seems that that denial has been rescinded and the Head of Albemarle County Zoning …

… is facing allegations that he trumped the power of the Board of Supervisors … Higgins determined in writing on August 19th that water usage on the land where the large gas station would be built wouldn’t need a special use permit, effectively determining that Re-Store ‘N’ Station could go ahead with construction, because the project would use less than 400 gallons of water per site acre per day.

Restore N Station Plan to Be Re-Submitted

Albemarle Planning Commission members placed an “X” over a proposed gas and convenience store in Crozet — fearing high water usage could dry neighbors’ wells, and runoff could seep into neighbors yards.

…The commission voted Tuesday to deny some components of the proposed Re-Store ‘N Station, which would be next to the Crozet Moose Lodge, 0.3 miles west of Western Albemarle High School on U.S. … The Board of Supervisors will get the final say on whether to approve the plan for the two-story, 4,750-square-foot station, but opposition by the Planning Commission, which advises supervisors, comes as a major setback for the station.

…Dozens opposed to the station, many of whom said Tuesday that they live near the proposed site, expressed the same concern.

Restore N Station Clears Another Hurdle

Crozet residents said such a large station would destroy the scenic route on 250, and it would also bring in big rigs at all hours of the night looking to fill up on diesel fuel.

…About 30 people showed up to stand before the board to express concern, but it wasn’t enough to sway the board, which voted that plans for the service station are ready to move forward. … Personally, I’d like to know : – Just how big the station will be. – What its hours will be. (24 hours?) – What road improvements will be made to accommodate the expected increased truck traffic. … If the 90 minutes yesterday were representative of the Crozet community’s opinion, (and I’m not assuming that’s the case) it would seem that no one other than the applicant and one commenter on the Newsplex’s story wants the gas station.

Restore N Station Hearings in June

From a comment : Two important public hearings for the proposed ReStore ‘N Station are coming up and it is critical that people attend these meetings if they are concerned about the size and character of a huge gas station/truck stop proposed for Route 250 West. … Here are two hearings where your attendance is needed to: ·        Show your support for the adjoining neighborhood’s attempt to scale back the size and use of the project; ·        Note your concern about a large project like this proposed to be built near three schools on Scenic Route 250. 1) Tuesday, June 1 at 2 p.m. for a Board of Zonings Appeals (BZA) Hearing and 2) Tuesday, June 8 at 6 p.m. for a Planning Commission Public Hearing Don’t feel like you need to speak at these meetings, just showing up is important! … You also might have children going to one of the nearby three schools and are interested in showing support for scaling back the size of the project. (from email by Mary Rice) — At the very least, couldn’t they come up with a better name than “Restore N Station”?

Restore N Station On Hold?

The Newsplex is reporting : Plans for a proposed gas station in Crozet remain on hold until June after a group of residents file an appeal.

…View Crozet, Virginia, USA in a larger map Background reading: – Public Hearing on 20 April – Gas Station coming to 250 in Crozet – Close-Knit Free Town is Feeling Squeezed Learn more at the County of Albemarle’s site : PROJECT: SP200900034 RE-STORE’N STATION PROPOSED: Use of more than 400 gallons of groundwater per site-acre per day for convenience store. ZONING CATEGORY/GENERAL USAGE: HC, Highway Commercial – retail sales and service uses; and residential use by special use permit (15 units/ acre); EC Entrance Corridor – Overlay to protect properties of historic, architectural or cultural significance from visual impacts of development along routes of tourist access SECTION: 24.2.2.13, Uses permitted by right, not served by public water, involving water consumption exceeding four hundred (400) gallons per site acre per day. … COMPREHENSIVE PLAN LAND USE/DENSITY: Rural Areas – preserve and protect agricultural, forestal, open space, and natural, historic and scenic resources/ density ( .5 unit/ acre in development lots) ENTRANCE CORRIDOR: Yes LOCATION: US 250 (Rockfish Gap Turnpike) approximately 1,600 feet (0.3 miles) west of Western Albemarle High School TAX MAP/PARCEL: Tax Map 55B Parcel 1 MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT: Whitehall   By the way, I am marketing a great house on Free Town Lane . 🙂

Public Hearing on Restore N Station – 20 April 2010

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. … 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. … 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).

Re-Store ‘N Station Trying Again for Longer Hours

Alison Wrabel at the Daily Progress reports (read the whole thing) The owner of the Re-Store ‘N Station in Crozet has appealed the latest Albemarle County Board of Supervisors decision regarding the hours of the gas station. In July, the Board of Supervisors approved part of an amendment to the station’s special-use permit amendment that …