Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:

Planning Commission 

March 12, 2009

Staff Lead:


Susan K. Eddy, Chief of Planning 

Community Development



A Subdivision Ordinance Text Amendment to Sections 9-3 and 9-4 to Change the Filing Dates for Preliminary Subdivision Plats From Forty (40) Days to Sixty (60) Days Prior to the Planning Commission Meeting


Topic Description:

Currently Section 9-3 of the Subdivision Ordinance requires an application for preliminary plan approval to be submitted not later than forty (40) days prior to the date of the Planning Commission meeting at which the applicant wishes the plat to be considered.  However, the Code of Virginia (15.2-2260(B)) allows state agencies and public authorities, including the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), forty five (45) days in which to complete their review.  Sixty (60) days is a more realistic timeframe in which to expect action to be taken. Staff believes that sixty (60) days should generally be enough time to review an application for completeness, forward it to agencies for comments, receive comments, and prepare a staff report.  

Section 9-6 of the Subdivision Ordinance requires the Planning Commission to render a decision on a preliminary plat within sixty (60) days of the official filing, and this is not proposed to change.  However, when approval by a state agency is required, Section 9-6 of the Subdivision Ordinance, consistent with the Virginia Code, gives the Planning Commission an additional 45 days from the receipt of such approval to act on the plat.  This is also not proposed to change.

Planning Commission Recommendation:

The Planning Commission held a public hearing on this item on January 29, 2009.  No members of the public spoke.  The Planning Commission unanimously recommended 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.


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

Fauquier County Citizens
Department of Community Development


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