Board of Supervisors Meeting Date: 

Department of Community Development

May 19, 2003

Staff Lead:


Kimberley Johnson, Zoning Administrator

Community Development


An Ordinance Approving the Amendment to Section 5-1813.5 of the Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance to Add Corn Mazes, Hayrides, Pumpkin Patches and Similar Activities as Uses Permitted in Conjunction with a Community Farmerís Market

Topic Description:

At its March 27, 2003 meeting, the Planning Commission voted to hold a public hearing on this proposed text amendment.  The public hearing was held on April 24, 2003 , and the Planning Commission voted to forward the text amendment with refined text, as provided in Attachment 1.

The proposed text amendment would add outdoor recreational uses such as corn mazes, hayrides, pumpkin patches and similar activities to the uses permitted in conjunction with a  community farmerís market by approval of a special permit.  The amendment limits the types of activities by requiring that the agricultural materials associated with such outdoor recreational uses are produced on the site.  For example, a pumpkin patch could not be held using pumpkins grown at another site and brought to a particular property.

Currently, outdoor recreational events such as those proposed are only permitted as a temporary permit for non-profits based in Fauquier County, or, for commercial enterprises in some instances, for a period of no more than 3 days, when approved by separate special permit as a Class A, B or C Spectator and Non-Spectator Field Event and Activity.

A community farmerís market is permitted in the Rural Agriculture Zoning District with special permit approval from the Fauquier County Board of Zoning Appeals.   Site plan approval also is also required for a community farmerís market.

Community Farmerís markets must be located on a lot of at least five acres in size.  The use also is subject to road standards, parking and loading area setbacks, restrictions upon the types of materials offered for sale and VDOT and Health Department approvals.

The special permit requirement allows for specific review of each individual application by the Board of Zoning Appeals. 

The Planning Commission discussed extending these types of agricultural entertainment uses beyond those sites approved for a community farmerís market, noting that the activities might be appropriate on other agriculturally used properties as well.   However, because the Commission wished to facilitate the ability of the one known applicant to move forward in a timely fashion with their proposed use, they recommended approval of this more narrowly focused text amendment at this time, asking staff to look at bringing back a broader amendment in the future.

The proposed text amendment is available as Attachment 1.

Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:

Hold the public hearing for the text amendment, as set forth in the ordinance of approval, which is Attachment 1.

Financial Impacts Analysis:

No analysis was conducted for this proposed amendment.

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

Community Development

Board of Zoning Appeals

Agricultural Development Office


 Attachment 1:             Ordinance of approval