Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:


Planning Commission


May 12, 2005

Staff Lead:



W. Todd Benson, Assistant Zoning Administrator


Community Development



A Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Section 5-001 to Establish that After Special Exceptions or Special Use Permits are Issued, all Subsequent Changes in Use Must be Approved by Amendment of the Special Exception or Special Use Permit


Topic Description:


The amendment would establish that after special exceptions or special use permits are issued, all subsequent changes in use must be approved by amendment of the special exception or special use permit.


Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:


Conduct a public hearing and consider adoption of the attached Ordinance.

Financial Impact Analysis:

No financial impact analysis has been conducted.


Summary Staff Report:


The concept 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.


Once a 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.


This 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.

Identify any other Departments, Organizations or Individuals that would be affected by this request:

Department of Economic Development



Proposed Text Amendment