ORDINANCE

A ZONING ORDINANCE TEXT AMENDMENT TO SECTION 2-410 TO ALTER THE STANDARDS FOR PERMITTING CORNER LOTS TO HAVE DIRECT ACCESS TO HIGHER STANDARD STREETS

            WHEREAS, on January 25, 2007, the Fauquier County Planning Commission initiated this text amendment; and

WHEREAS, on February 15, 2007, the Planning Commission conducted a public hearing on the proposed text amendment and forwarded the proposed text amendment to the Board of Supervisors unanimously recommending approval; and  

            WHEREAS, on April 12, 2007, the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on this amendment; and

            WHEREAS, adoption of the attached amendment to Section 2-410 supports good zoning practices, convenience, and the general welfare; now, therefore, be it           

            ORDAINED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 12th day of April 2007, That Section 2-410 be, and is hereby, amended as follows:

 

2-410                           Access to Lots Fronting on More than One Street

A.  Where a lot has frontage on two or more streets, vehicular access shall not be permitted to the higher standard street unless the  following conditions are met:

1.   The higher standard street has a posted speed  of 35 mph or  less.

2.   On an undivided street, the proposed access aligns with  existing accesses.

3.   The proposed access is no closer than 200 feet to the centerline  of any street intersection.

4.   The lot is located in a service district or village.

5.   The lot is zoned Commercial or Industrial.

6.   Provisions for combined access to adjacent lots are   provided  where appropriate.

7.   T the County Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) approves a waiver to allow the access on the higher standard street  as necessary to improve public safety. and the Board of Supervisors concurs wit h the VDOT findingThe waiver shall be granted by the Director in conjunction with  site plans; by the Planning Commission in conjunction with Preliminary Plats and other Divisions; and the Board of Supervisors in conjunction with Special Exceptions and Rezonings.

B.  Subsection A does not apply to entrance and exit of emergency vehicles garaged on such lots with multiple entrances provided VDOT has approved the access.

 

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