behind special use permits and special exceptions is that
some uses, while appropriate in the underlying zoning
district, have the potential to be disruptive or harmful to
the community. The process of issuing a special use permit
or a special exception allows the government to tailor
specific conditions on the use to ensure that public welfare
and good zoning practices are preserved.
special use permit or a special exception is issued, there
is nothing in the Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance that
prohibits an owner from adding numerous additional by-right
uses and possibly jeopardizing the careful balance
undertaken when conditioning the special use permit or
special exception. The proposed text amendment is intended
to correct this oversight.
proposed text amendment was initiated by the Planning
Commission on February 17, 2005. On March 31, 2005, the
Planning Commission held a public hearing and subsequently
voted to recommend adoption to the Board of Supervisors.