Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:

Planning Commission


February 8, 2007


Staff Lead:


W. Todd Benson, Assistant Zoning Administrator


Community Development




A Proposed Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Section 8-1401 to Allow Additional Signage for Certain Commercial Businesses in Agricultural Districts


Topic Description:

This proposed text amendment would allow certain businesses in Agricultural Districts to increase their signage through the special permit process.


Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:

Conduct a public hearing and consider adoption of the attached Ordinance.

Financial Impact Analysis:

No financial impact analysis has been conducted.


Summary Staff Report:

At present, commercial businesses in the Agricultural District are permitted thirty-two square feet of signage.  Staff is concerned that this may be too small for the easy recognition of a facility along a thoroughfare due to topographic conditions.  This situation came to staffís attention because of the recent construction of the Culpeper Farmersí Cooperative along Route 17.  The facility is not readily visible to traffic traveling north.  Visibility and safety could be enhanced through better signage.

The proposed amendment is designed to allow farm supply establishments in Agricultural Districts, such as the Culpeper Farmersí Cooperative, to present their needs and circumstances to the Board of Zoning Appeals and obtain greater signage as warranted by the facts of the case. Under this amendment, a business could increase its signage from thirty-two (32) square feet to one hundred and fifty (150) square feet.

Route 17 is designated a rural principal arterial from the Stafford County line until it merges with Route 29.   It also is a rural principal arterial from Warrenton north to Route 66.  The only other road with this classification is Route 211, west of Warrenton.

This proposed amendment was initiated by the Planning Commission on November 30, 2006. On December 19, 2006, the Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval.


Identify any other Departments, Organizations or Individuals that would be affected by this request:

Department of Economic Development


Proposed Revisions to the Zoning Ordinance


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