A Resolution to Initiate a Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment and Comprehensive plan amendment to Eliminate Density Credit for Slopes Greater than 25 percent and Floodplain within the RA and RC Zoning DISTRICTS

WHEREAS, development near and within floodplains and steep slopes causes environmental degradation, increases erosion and diminishes the environmental benefit of floodplains; and

WHEREAS, the County is located within the watershed of the Chesapeake Bay, Rappahannock and Potomac Rivers and the Occoquan reservoir and is the site of significant floodplain and steep slopes; and

WHEREAS, elimination of density credit for areas with steep slopes and floodplain will serve to reduce erosion, preserve valuable floodplain and protect water quality, scenic and environmental resources; and

WHEREAS, the initiation of a zoning ordinance text amendment to eliminate density credit within areas of steep slopes and floodplain will serve the public necessity, convenience, general welfare and is required by good zoning practice; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 8th day of May 2008, That consideration of a Comprehensive Plan amendment and a Zoning Ordinance text amendment eliminating density credit for floodplain and steep slopes within the RA and RC zones as set forth hereafter be, and is hereby, initiated and referred to the Planning Commission for its recommendation:

2-308 (3)

The maximum density for the RA and RC districts will be based on the gross acreage of the lot except as qualified herein. with no deductions for floodplain and steep slopes.  No density allowance will be calculated for any area of a lot within a floodplain, having slopes in excess of 25 percent or in an existing street right-of-way, and only fifty (50) percent density allowance shall be calculated on that are of a lot comprised of quarries.


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