ORDINANCE

 

A ZONING ORDINANCE TEXT AMENDMENT TO SECTION 12-606 OF THE ZONING ORDINANCE TO ALLOW THE ZONING ADMINISTRATOR TO REDUCE THE WIDTH OF INTERNAL DRIVEWAYS AND SERVICE ROADS FROM TWENTY TO EIGHTEEN FEET FOR AGRICULTURAL USES AND PARKS IN RA AND RC DISTRICTS

  

WHEREAS, on February 17, 2005, the Planning Commission held a public hearing on the issue and forwarded the proposed text amendment to the Board of Supervisors with a unanimous vote recommending its adoption; and

 

WHEREAS, on April 14, 2005, the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on this amendment; and

 

             WHEREAS, the adoption of this text amendment would be in keeping with the spirit of the Zoning Ordinance, consistent with public convenience and good zoning practices, consistent with the adopted Comprehensive Plan, and is in the best interest of the citizens of Fauquier County; now, therefore, be it

 

ORDAINED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 14th day of April 2005, That of Section 3-309 of the Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance be, and is hereby, amended as follows:

 

12-606             Driveways, Service Roads

1. The pavement of vehicular traffic lanes or driveways, designed to permit vehicular travel on the site and to and from adjacent property and parking areas, shall be not less than twenty (20) feet in width.  This width may be reduced to no less than eighteen (18) feet for parks in RC, RA, and R-1 Districts when, in the opinion of the Zoning Administrator, a lesser width is appropriate because of design, maintenance, or engineering factors, provided the lane or driveway design contains adequate shoulders and drainage.

 

2. On any site bordering a primary, arterial or interstate highway, or adjacent to an existing service road in the state highway system, the developer, in lieu of providing travel lanes or driveways that provide vehicular travel to and from adjacent parking areas and adjacent property, may dedicate where necessary and construct a service road under County and State standards for such roads.  In such event, the setback requirements shall be no greater if the service road is dedicated than the setback required without the dedication, except in no instance shall a building be constructed closer than twenty (20) feet from the nearest right-of-way line.

 

3. Upon satisfactory completion, inspection and only upon application by the developer, the County shall take the necessary steps to have such service road accepted by the VDOT for maintenance.