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 Section 4-1 to Require Plats Not Under Subdivision Control to be Submitted to the Subdivision Agent for Verification That the Plat is Not a Subdivision

Topic Description:

The proposed text amendment codifies an existing County procedure.  Currently, plats to be recorded with the Clerk of the Circuit Court, which are not covered by the Subdivision Ordinance, are reviewed by the Subdivision Agent to confirm that the plat is in fact not a subdivision as defined by the Ordinance.  Examples of these types of plats include boundary surveys and exhibit plats.  In the past, these types of plats were sometimes used to try to unlawfully record subdivisions. 

Under current County procedures, after review by the Subdivision Agent, this type of plat is stamped with a note that the plat has not been reviewed for compliance with zoning and subdivision requirements and does not constitute an approval of new lots of record under the Fauquier County Subdivision Ordinance.  Planning Division staff typically reviews this type of plat in one to two days, and no fee is charged for this service.  With the note and Subdivision Agentís signature, the applicant is able to record the plat with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.  

Following adoption of the proposed text amendment, current County procedures would remain the same. 


Planning Commission Recommendation:

The Planning Commission held public hearings on this item on December 10, 2008 and 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: 

Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court
Individuals with Plats to be Recorded with the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court


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