AGENDA REQUEST

Sponsor/Applicant:

Board of Supervisors Meeting Date: 

Harry Atherton, Marshall District Supervisor

May 20, 2002

Staff Lead:

Department: 

Carolyn Bowen

Community Development

Topic:  A RESOLUTION REFERRING TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION A ZONING ORDINANCE TEXT AMENDMENT TO SECTION 6-102 TO ALLOW LIMITED FUNDRAISING AS A PERMITTED ACCESSORY USE IN THE RURAL AGRICULTURE AND RURAL CONSERVATION DISTRICT

This text amendment would add number 29 to Section 6-102 (Permitted Accessory Uses) to allow limited fundraising activities on properties located in the Rural Agriculture (RA) and Rural Conservation (RC) zoning districts.  A no-fee administrative permit would be required from the Zoning Administrator to ensure compliance with Health Department and similar regulations.

No parcel could be the site for more than two of these events in a year, and the amendment would contain standards to limit the impact of such activities.  Many of these standards are identical to those regularly placed on special exception approvals for Class C or higher events.  Fundraisers could be held by any non-profit group as defined in the Internal Revenue Code or for a governmental agency or department such as Parks and Recreation. 

The Zoning Office annually becomes aware of such events, many of which are violations of the current Zoning Ordinance regulations.  Many of these events now require special permit approval for a temporary use from the Fauquier County Board of Zoning Appeals.  The Zoning Administrator usually does not learn of an event until an inquiry is made by a neighbor or through advertisement.  By that time, all arrangements for the event have been finalized, and insufficient time exists to obtain the special permit.  The landowner is warned for the need to obtain the necessary special permit for any future event.  The amendment would allow events as permitted accessory uses while providing reasonable standards to limit size and activities.  The Zoning Administrator would determine compliance with standards through the administrative zoning permit process.

The resolution would refer the proposed changes to the Planning Commission to begin the initiation process for a text amendment.

 

Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors: 

Consider  adopting the attached resolution. 

Financial Impacts Analysis:

No financial impact analysis was conducted. 

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

Department of Community Development 

Attachment 1              Resolution

Attachment 2              Ordinance