CUP18-0004 VTCRC Broadcast and Research Antenna

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CUP18-0004-Conditional Use Permit request for a broadcasting or communications tower with an additional exception for increased height in the RD Research and Development Zoning District at 1770 Forecast Drive (Tax Parcel No. 316-2 9) by Clayton Hodges (applicant) on behalf of The Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center (owner).

The Town of Blacksburg Planning Department has received a conditional use permit request to construct three broadcasting or communications towers in the RD Research and Development Zoning District. The property at 1770 Forecast Drive is 14.21 acres but only a portion of the property is needed for the request. The property, the National Weather Service building, currently has several other existing ground-mounted dish and tower antennas adjacent to the building. The 71-foot tower antenna and two dish antennas will be used for atmospheric research and to conduct research for government agencies. A broadcasting or communications tower is not a by-right use in the Research and Development Zoning District therefore a conditional use permit is required. An additional exception is requested for the height of the tower antenna, which is 11 feet taller than the maximum allowable structure height in this zoning district. The tower antenna is telescoping and when stowed is 25-feet tall; when extended it is 71 feet tall. The applicant will add supplemental screening vegetation to the 'antenna farm' area to reduce visibility from Research Center Drive. The property is zoned RD Research and Development and the zoning will not change.

The following meetings have been scheduled to consider this application:

Neighborhood Meeting Thursday, June 7, 2018, 4 p.m. in the Wiki Conference Room at the VTCRC at 1715 Pratt Drive This is an informal meeting that will give the applicant the opportunity to present the plans and provide attendees with the opportunity to ask questions. A staff member from the Planning department will forward the notes from the meeting to the Planning Commission and Town Council.
Planning Commission Work Session Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 5 p.m. in the Blacksburg Motor Company Building at 400 S. Main St. The Planning Commission will review the request and the staff report. There will be an opportunity for the applicant to present the proposal. The public is welcome to attend, however, this is not a public hearing, and there will not be an opportunity for public comment.
Planning Commission Public Hearing Tuesday, August 7, 7:30 p.m. in the Roger E. Hedgepeth Chambers of the Blacksburg Municipal Building at 300 S. Main St. The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the request and make a recommendation to Town Council. There will be an opportunity for the applicant and the public to comment.
Town Council Work Session Tuesday, August 7, 11 a.m. in the Blacksburg Motor Company Building at 400 S. Main St. The Town Council will review the request, the staff report, and Planning Commission's recommendation. There will be an opportunity for the applicant to present the proposal. The public is welcome to attend, however this is not a public hearing and there willnotbe an opportunity for public comment
Town Council Public Hearing Tuesday, August 14, 7:30 p.m. in the Roger E. Hedgepeth Chambers of the Blacksburg Municipal Building at 300 S. Main St. The Town Council will hold a public hearing on the request and take final action. There will be an opportunity for the applicant and the public to comment.

 

Please contact Maeve Gould if you have any questions at 540-443-1300 or mgould@blacksburg.gov.

Town Council Packet

1770 Forecast Dr - Council Agenda Memo 08-09-18 - CUP18-0004 - RES8-H-18 (pdf)

1770 Forecast Dr - Planning Commission Memo 08-07-18 - CUP18-0004 - RES8-H-18 (pdf)

Application Materials

1770 Forecast Dr - Application 04-30-18 - CUP18-0004 - RES8-H-18 (pdf)

Staff Report

1770 Forecast Dr - Staff Report 06-15-18 - CUP18-0004 - RES8-H-18 (pdf)

1770 Forecast Dr - Staff Report Update Memo & Application Revised 08-03-18 - CUP18-0004 - RES8-H-18 (pdf)

 

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