Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:

Planning Commission


February 14, 2008

Staff Lead:


Kimberley Johnson, Zoning Administrator


Community Development



A Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Sections 5-006.5, 12-610 and 15-300 Related to Utilization of Low Impact Development Techniques with Site Development


Topic Description:

This proposed text amendment seeks to add language to the ordinance promoting Low Impact Development as a standard for Special Exception, Special Permit and Site Plan approval.


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:


The Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance contains standards for the approval of special permit/exceptions (Section 5-006) and Site Plans (12-600).  These standards require adequate drainage, stormwater, and other utility facilities be provided for proposed development.   The proposed amendment adds language to the standards requiring that applicants incorporate Low Impact Development (LID) site and facility design to meet these requirements, where appropriate.  

The text amendment also adds a definition for LID to the Zoning Ordinance.  This definition is from the Virginia Valley Conservation Council.

It is intended that this proposed amendment provide a beginning step toward raising awareness and promoting use of LID techniques within development on a voluntary basis.  If and when the County develops clearer, more specific policies related to LID and Green Building techniques, it is anticipated that more precise standards would be developed and incorporated into the Zoning Ordinance regulations.

The Planning Commission initiated this proposed text amendment on October 25, 2007 and unanimously recommended approval on November 29, 2007 after conducting a public hearing.  The Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on the amendment on January 10, 2008 and continued the case, asking staff to add language clarifying that the provision of LID would be voluntary.  Such language has been incorporated into the proposed language.


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

Department of Economic Development

Back to Agenda...