Fauquier County Planning Commission
FROM: Elizabeth Cook, Chief of Planning
March 21, 2002
SUBJECT: Proposed Amendments to the Fauquier County Subdivision Ordinance Section 9-6 - Planning Commission Decision and Section 9-7 - Referral to Board
Subdivision Ordinance currently provides that, once the Planning
Commission acts on a preliminary plat, it is forwarded to the Board of
plats denied by the Planning Commission are not returned to the Commission
for additional review. Once
the Board acts on a preliminary plat, an applicant may proceed with a
final plat even if the preliminary plat has been denied.
With this process the Planning Commission also does not have an
opportunity to review any revised plat once it is forwarded to the Board.
The final plat needs to address adequately the reasons stated for
the preliminary plat denial for staff to consider final approval.
Final plats are approved administratively and not reviewed by the
Commission or Board.
Commission has expressed an interest in further review of denied plats to
ensure that the outstanding items have been addressed.
Staff has proposed a Subdivision Ordinance text amendment that
would require the submission of a corrected preliminary plat for the
Planning Commission, which addresses the deficiencies noted in the
Commission's denial motion. As
proposed, the additional review would only address the deficiencies and
any changes promulgated by correction of the deficiencies.
Once the Planning Commission approves the preliminary plat, it
would be forwarded to the Board of Supervisors for its review.
As proposed, the item would be scheduled for the Board's consent
agenda as in the current ordinance.
If the Planning Commission would like the Subdivision
Ordinance to be amended, staff recommends that the Commission forward the
following text amendment to the Board of Supervisors:
9-6 Planning Commission Decision
Referral to Board
All preliminary plats approved
Kevin Burke, Deputy County Attorney
P.D. Carr, Director