A Resolution Initiating a Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to ARTICLE 4 OF THE FAUQUIER COUNTY ZONING ORDINANCE TO Create a RIDGELINE PROTECTION OVERLAY District

            WHEREAS, it is appropriate to amend the Zoning Ordinance to create new special and overlay districts to facilitate the implementation of the County’s Comprehensive Plan; and

            WHEREAS, Fauquier County seeks to protect critical environmental, cultural and visual resources and to maintain renewable natural resources so that they are not degraded but remain viable for future generations; and

            WHEREAS, the Comprehensive Plan identifies visual resources as those being a “…seen, combination of both natural and cultural features,” including topographical resources such as slope, elevation and ridges; and

            WHEREAS, the existing Zoning Ordinance regulations do not specifically include measures protecting these specific visual resources as identified in the Comprehensive Plan; and

            WHEREAS, adoption of a new zoning overlay district as an additional measure to protect these visual resources supports good zoning practice, convenience and the general welfare; now, therefore, be it           

            RESOLVED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 8th day of May 2008, That the Board does hereby initiate an amendment to Article 4 of the Zoning Ordinance to create a new Ridgeline Protection Overlay District.


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