A Resolution Initiating a Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Section 8-1502 to allow Exceptions and Variations to Sign Limits by Approval of  a Special Exception by the Board of Supervisors

            WHEREAS, it is appropriate to amend the Zoning Ordinance to regulate signage; and

            WHEREAS, Fauquier County seeks to provide additional flexibility to property owners and businesses in unique situations; and

            WHEREAS, adoption of the attached amendments to Section 8-1502 supports good zoning practice, convenience and the general welfare; now, therefore, be it           

            RESOLVED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 14th day of February 2008, That amendments to Section 8-1502 related to authorizing exceptions and variations from the general sign regulations be, and are hereby, initiated and referred to the Planning Commission for public hearing and recommendation; and, be it

            RESOLVED FURTHER, That the following text represents the proposed changes for consideration:


8-1502             Special Exceptions and Special Permits

1.   The Board of Supervisors may approve signs that are not in accordance with the standards set forth in Article 8 by approval of a Special Exception.  In considering a request for such special exception, the Board may approve or deny the request in accordance with the general standards for Special Exceptions in Section 5-006.  In addition, the following factors shall be considered by the Board more specifically:

A.  The nature of the proposed use, including such factors as whether the use is a destination or one that relies more on drive-by visibility.

B.  The character of the existing area and the impact on the visual appearance of adjacent and nearby properties and rights-of-way, particularly entrances to the County from the interstate highways or surrounding jurisdictions, and the major streets leading from those entrances.

C.  Whether a unique situation exists, causing a need that is not recurring in nature.

D.  The area’s designation on the County’s Comprehensive Plan.

E.   The existence of a special visual obstruction or difficulty in locating the use, making the application of the general provisions of this section too restrictive.

2.   Notwithstanding the foregoing, the amount, size, and type of signage in Commercial and Industrial Districts may be increased by special use permit in multiple use developments that are pedestrian friendly, and build upon urban design and architectural characteristics of small town Main Street.  In issuing such permits, the decision maker shall take into consideration the location of the development, site specific needs for such signage, surrounding uses, the Comprehensive Plan, and good zoning practices, provided, however, that the permitted signage not increase by more than 100%.

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