PUBLIC HEARING AGENDA REQUEST

Sponsor:

 Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:

 

Planning Commission

 

March 9, 2006

Staff Lead:

Department:

 

W. Todd Benson, Assistant Zoning Administrator

 

Community Development

Topic:

 

A Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Section 7-102 to Waive Certain Parking Requirements

 

Topic Description:

 

Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance Section 7-102 contains the general requirements for off-street parking. The proposed text amendment would provide the Director of Community Development added flexibility in code interpretation and implementation.

 

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:

 

In adopting a zoning ordinance, the Board of Supervisors endeavors to set meaningful restrictions on anticipated uses.  Understandably, new and different businesses come along that do not neatly fit within codified definitions and limitations.

Parking requirements are principally based on professional, technical studies, established demand, and need review and periodic refinement due to local demand, location and other factors. There also is a complex balance needed for effectively meeting business requirements, location of parking facilities, shopper or employee parking demands, and the need to minimize the impact of impervious surfaces on stormwater management and water resources.

The purpose of this proposed amendment is to offer some flexibility to parking requirements.  If a business can demonstrate that the parking requirements of the Zoning Ordinance are in excess of what is reasonably necessary, the Director may reduce the number of parking spots based on specific guidelines.  The applicant will need to demonstrate, based on national or local experience, the business does not need the parking space totals required by the Ordinance. Parking studies or other jurisdictional standards within the region can be used to justify the request, along with any shared parking agreements.

 

This text amendment is business friendly by providing a mechanism to eliminate unnecessary regulatory costs.  The text amendment is also environment friendly by providing a mechanism for reducing impervious surfaces associated with development.

 

On December 7, 2005, the Planning Commission initiated this proposed text amendment. On January 26, 2006, the Planning Commission recommended that the proposed Ordinance be adopted.

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

Department of Economic Development