Roger L. Stancil, Town Manager


J. B. Culpepper, Planning Director

Gene Poveromo, Development Coordinator


Request for Expedited Processing of a Special Use Permit Application for the Purefoy Road Subdivision


February 26, 2007




Adoption of the attached resolution would authorize expedited processing of the Purefoy Road Subdivision application.




On February 12, 2007 the Town Council received a petition from Habitat for Humanity and referred it to the Town Manager for review and recommendation. The petition requests expedited processing of a Special Use Permit-Planned Housing Development application for the Purefoy Road Subdivision.


Expedited processing grants priority status for review at every step of the process and grants priority status in being scheduled on agendas of advisory boards and the Town Council.  A Special Use Permit application would normally take nine months to a year to be reviewed by all the required boards and commissions and to be heard at a Public Hearing.


Following approval, an application normally takes four to five months to obtain approval of detailed construction drawings and final plans, prior to obtaining a Building Permit.  The review process is often long because of the breadth and depth of review and analysis, and because many projects are usually being reviewed at any given time.


However, because of the other applications previously granted such status, there will likely not be much shortening of the review time for this project if expedited processing is granted.


We believe that this application meets the Council’s criteria for granting expedited processing.




Request:  The petition requests expedited processing status of a Special Use Permit application.  We understand the application is proposing to construct a residential development that will include 52 single-family Habitat for Humanity homes.  The property is comprised of a collection of properties on the north side of Purefoy Road, approximately 700 feet east of the intersection of Rogers Road and Purefoy Road.  We have received a Special Use Permit application.


The applicant’s request for expedited processing of the Purefoy Road Subdivision indicated that the development will provide 52 affordable housing units.  The petition indicates that the proposed housing development will meet the Council’s affordable housing goals.


Expedited Processing:  We follow the Council-endorsed criteria listed below in making recommendations to Council on request for expedited processing:

  1. Recommend expedited processing only in cases where there is a public interest or public objective involved.
  2. Recommend expedited processing only when a project that involves public interest would be harmed by following normal rules of procedures.
  3. Recommend expedited processing in cases where an applicant has submitted evidence, as endorsed by the Town Council and provided in Attachment 3, that the applicant is actively pursuing the development of a project that will:
    1. meet or exceed the LEED Silver certification; and
    2. exceed the energy standards by 20 percent of ASHRAE 90.1-2004.
  4. Avoid expedited processing in situations where other applications that do not carry this special status would be delayed.


Several development applications are currently working toward being placed on the Council’s Public Hearing schedule.  The impact of granting expedited processing for Purefoy Road Subdivision is that one less space would be available on the Council’s schedule for which other applications are competing.


We believe that the proposal meets the objectives for public purpose in the three criteria above for granting expedited processing status.  We recommend that the Council grant Expedited Processing Status for the Purefoy Road Subdivision.


Projects that have been granted expedited processing are identified in Attachment 4.




Staff’s Recommendation:  We recommend that the Council adopt the attached resolution.  Adoption of the resolution would grant expedited processing for the Purefoy Road Subdivision, if the Council chooses to grant this request.



  1. Petition (p. 4).
  2. Area Map (p. 6).
  3. LEED Certification Criteria (p. 7)
  4. List of Projects Granted Expedited Processing (p. 8).