RZN 17-0006 - Old Blacksburg Middle School Rezoning

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View of the Old Blacksburg Middle School site with grass and sidewalk in view looking toward downtown Blacksburg.

Project Status – February 28, 2019

Current Status of Old Blacksburg Middle School Project

The Old Blacksburg Middle School rezoning application submitted by Midtown Redevelopment Partners, LLC (“Midtown”) has been referred back to the Planning Commission by the Town Council.  There are two primary reasons for the application being referred back to the commission: Midtown has made changes to its application and associated proffer statement and the Town Code requires Town Council action within 6 months of a Planning Commission recommendation.

Rezoning Application Changes

Midtown Partners, LLC (the primary applicant) has made a number of small changes to their application.  For example, the size of the Downtown Commercial zoning district has increased by about an acre from the previous application.  Midtown also made changes to the rezoning application and proffer statement relating to building uses, building materials, and parking ratio.  The cumulative effect of these changes supports a referral back to the Planning Commission.

Town Code Requirement

However, Town Code section 1152 (C) requires Town Council action on rezoning applications within 6 months of a Planning Commission recommendation.  If the Town Council has not taken action within the 6-month period, the application is considered denied.  The Planning Commission took action on its recommendation to Town Council on September 4, 2018.  Town Council action would need to occur prior to March 4, 2019, which is not feasible, so the Town Council has referred the matter back to the Planning Commission.

 Development Agreement

The Town and Midtown have not reached agreement on the Development Agreement, which is a companion agreement for the redevelopment of the OBMS site.  The current Midtown proposal requires significant investment of public dollars into public improvements within the project.  The Development Agreement is a contract between the Town and Midtown which will detail the level of public investment, such as construction and ownership of a parking garage and public spaces.  The Development Agreement will also detail the responsibilities of Midtown for the public investment to be made.  Once negotiations are complete, the Development Agreement will be available for public review prior to Town Council action.  It is anticipated that both the rezoning application and Development Agreement will be acted on by the Town Council at the same meeting following a public hearing.

Current Timeline

The Planning Commission has scheduled public hearings for March 5, 2019 and March 19, 2019.  It is expected that the Town Council action on the Midtown project will occur this spring after the Planning Commission takes action.

Project History

The Blacksburg Planning and Building Department received a request to rezone the Old Blacksburg Middle School Property in 2017. After a neighborhood meeting and a Planning Commission work session in 2017, the application was placed on hold while the applicants prepared revisions to the application materials. The revised materials were submitted on April 13, 2018.  The Planning Commission considered the previous application and recommended approval on September 4, 2018.  As discussed above, a revised application was submitted on February 8, 2019 and is now being considered by the Planning Commission. In addition to the rezoning, the Town Council is also considering a Development Agreement between Midtown Partners and the Town, which would be heard concurrently with the rezoning.

Rezoning

Approximately 21 acres are included in the rezoning application filed by Midtown Development Partners. The overall property has frontage on South Main Street and runs between Eheart Street and Clay Street and extends back to Willard Drive. The rezoning includes land owned by Midtown Development Partners and the Town of Blacksburg. 

Midtown Development Partners is requesting to rezone 10.59 acres fronting South Main Street, from R-4, Low Density Residential to DC, Downtown Commercial for a mix of commercial, retail, office, restaurant, hotel and residential uses. The residential density proposed in the DC district is a maximum of 24 units or 48 bedrooms per acre. The remaining 10.54 acres is proposed to be rezoned from R-4, Low Density Residential to PR, Planned Residential for a mixture of multi-level, multi-family buildings and multi-level townhome buildings with a maximum of 24 units or 48 bedrooms per acre. Three areas of public open space are also proposed.  In addition, a portion of the site along Clay Street is being considered as a location for a new Public Safety building.

The Town’s Comprehensive Plan’s Future Land Use Map Designation is still Civic reflecting the previous use of the parcel as a public school. The school was demolished in 2011. The area also has a Mixed Use designation on the Future Land Use Map. 

Meetings and public hearings to consider this application will be posted below as they are scheduled. Any changes to this schedule will be posted.  

Additionally, the staff report and other documents will be posted to this site as they become available. Other documents related to this rezoning may be filed and will be posted to this website. Some of the documents are fairly large and may take a while to download.

 

Meeting Dates

Neighborhood Meeting: Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 7 p.m., Roger E. Hedgepeth Chambers, Blacksburg Municipal Building, 300 S. Main St.

*Additional input meetings may be held and dates will be posted here.

This was an opportunity for the applicant to talk about the proposal, answer questions, and involve the public early in the process.

Planning Commission Work Sessions on previous application:

Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
5:00 p.m., Blacksburg Motor Company Building, 400 S. Main St.

Planning Commission Work Session on current application: 
Tuesday, February 19, 5 p.m., Blacksburg Motor Company Building, 400 S. Main St.

Planning Commission Work Session on current application:
Tuesday, March 5, 5:30pm; Conference Room, 1st Floor, Municipal Building, 300 South Main St.

The Planning Commission reviewed the request and the staff report.  There was an opportunity for the applicant to  present the proposal.  The public was welcomed to attend, however, this was a not a public hearing and there was not be an opportunity for public comment during the meeting.

A new submittal was received on January 16, 2019 and revised on February 8, 2019.  The revised application has been referred to the Planning Commission for discussion and possible action. 

Please refer back for further updates.

Planning Commission Public Hearing on previous application:
Tuesday, September 4, 7:30 p.m.; Roger E. Hedgepeth Chambers, Second Floor, Municipal Building, 300 S. Main St.

Planning Commission Public Hearing on current application: 
Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 7:30 p.m.; Roger E. Hedgepeth Chambers, Second Floor, Municipal Building, 300 S. Main St. .

Planning Commission Public Hearing on current application: 
Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 7:30 pm; Roger E. Hedgepeth Chambers, Second Floor, Municipal Building, 300 S. Main St.

A new submittal was received on January 16, 2019 and revised on February 8, 2019.  The revised application has been referred back to the Planning Commission for discussion and action.

The March 5th public hearing will include a staff presentation, applicant presentation and public input.  The public hearing will be continued to March 19, 2019.  Public input will also be taken at the continued public hearing.  The Planning Commission will discuss the rezoning and is expected to take action on the rezoning at the March 19th meeting.

Please refer back for further updates.

Town Council Work Sessions on previous application: 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
11 am., Blacksburg Motor Company Building, 400 S. Main St. 

The Town Council reviewed the request, the Planning Commission's recommendation, and the staff report. There was an opportunity for the applicant to present the proposal. The public was welcomed to attend, however this was not a public hearing, and there was not be an opportunity for public comment during the meeting.

2019 Town Council Work Sessions on current application:  TBD

 The Town Council will continue to review the request, the Planning Commission's recommendation and any new and existing documents, submittals and staff reports.  The public is welcome to attend but there will not be an opportunity for public comment during the meeting.  

A new submittal was received on January 16, 2019 and revised on February 8, 2019. Dates for Town Council Work Sessions to review this new submittal will be scheduled soon. 

Please refer to this page for updates.

Town Council Public Hearing on current applicationTBD The Town Council will hold a public hearing on the request and take final action on the requests. There will be an opportunity for public input at this meeting.

2019 Revised Application Materials

501 South Main St. - Letter to Anne McClung - 02-28-19 - RZN17-0006 - ORD 1866
501 South Main St. - Revisions to Proffer Statement and Application - 02-28-19 - RZN17-0006 - ORD 1866

501 South Main St. - Revised Application Drawings - 02-08-19 - RZN17-0006 - ORD 1866
501 South Main St.  - Revised Pattern Book - 02-08-19 - RZN17-0006 - ORD 1866
501 South Main St - Revised Rezoning Application - 02-08-19 - RZN17-0006 - ORD 1866
501 South Main St - Revised Traffic Study - 02-08-19 - RZN17-0006 - ORD 1866

501 South Main St - Revised Application Drawings - 01-16-19 - RZN17-0006 - ORD 1866
501 South Main St - Revised Pattern Book - 01-16-19 - RZN17-0006 - ORD 1866
501 South Main St - Revised Application - 01-16-19 - RZN17-0006 - ORD 1866

2019 Staff Reports

501 South Main St. - Memo to Planning Commission - 03-01-19 - RZN17-0006 - ORD 1866

501 South Main St - Staff Report with Attachments - 02-15-19 - RZN17-0006 - ORD 1866

501 South Main St - Staff Report with Attachments - 03-15-19 - RZN17-0006 - ORD 1866

2018 Staff Reports

OBMS PC Memo update - 08-31-18

OBMS Revised PC update memo 08-17-18

OBMS - PC Update Memo with Attachments - 08-17-18

OBMS PC Update Memo 07-27-18

OBMS PC Update Attachment 1 - Revisions

OBMS - Staff Report 6-29-18 with Attachments (large file) (PDF)

OBMS - Staff Report 6-29-18 without Attachments (PDF)

OBMS Attachment A - Maps (PDF)

OBMS Attachment B - Supporting Regulations (PDF)

OBMS Attachment C - Resolution 7-D-15 (PDF)

OBMS Attachment D - Staff Comments & Memo from HDRB (PDF)

OBMS Attachment E - Neighborhood Meeting Notes and Sign-in sheets (PDF)

OBMS Attachment F - Correspondence Received (PDF)

 

2018 Revised Application Materials

501 South Main St. - Revised Traffic Study - 09-05-18 - RZN17-0006 - ORD 1866

501 South Main St. - OBMS Rezoning Updates - 08-30-18

501 South Main St. - OBMS Revised Application - 08-30-18

501 South Main St. - OBMS Pattern Book - 08-30-18

501 South Main St - Revised Application - 08-10-18 - RZN17-0006 (PDF)

501 South Main St - Revised Pattern Book - 08-10-18 - RZN17-0006 (PDF)

501 South Main St - Revised Rezoning Exhibits - 08-10-18 - RZN17-0006 (PDF)

501 South Main St - Rezone Updates - 08-10-18 - RZN17-0006 (PDF)

OBMS Pattern Book 4-13-18 (PDF)

OBMS Rezoning Application 4-13-18 (PDF)

OBMS Rezoning Exhibits 4-13-18 (PDF)

OBMS Traffic Study- 3-26-18 (PDF)

 

2017 Application Materials

OBMS Application 10-6-17 (PDF)

OBMS Pattern Book 10-6-17 (PDF)

OBMS Rezoning Application 10-6-17 (PDF)

OBMS Rezoning Exhibits 10-6-17 (PDF)

OBMS Traffic Impact Analysis Form 10-6-17 (PDF)

Stormwater Management Concept Plan 10-6-17 (PDF)

Stormwater Management Concept Plan Narrative (PDF)

OBMS Traffic Study 10-27-17 (PDF)

 

Other Related Documents

Signed Resolution 7-D-15 on OBMS Principles (PDF)

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