Raymond E. Graham, Chairman, Cedar Run District Supervisor

Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:
June 8, 2006

Staff Lead:


W. Todd Benson, Assistant Zoning Administrator


Community Development



A Work Session to Consider a  Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Permit Indoor Sports/Activity Centers


Topic Description:

This proposed text amendment is designed to allow indoor sports and/or activity centers in Fauquier County.


Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:

Conduct a work session and consider initiating a text amendment.

Financial Impact Analysis:

No financial impact analysis has been conducted.


Summary Staff Report: 

There appears to be a growing need for indoor sports/activity facilities. In the last several months, we have had three inquiries about indoor sport/activity centers. One person wants to establish an indoor soccer field for youth soccer.  Another person wants a facility for dance, gymnastics, a game room (video games, ping pong, etc.), and meeting rooms for groups such as scouts. Another wants to construct three indoor soccer fields and three basketball courts.

Staff’s initial response is to not define indoor sport/activities center in order to allow flexibility to respond to needs and creative proposals.  Conversely, the staff recommends that such uses be allowed by special permit or special exception in order to ensure that a proposed facility is compatible with a proposed location.

The Board of Supervisors is requested to recommend the zoning districts for such uses and appropriate conditions.

Fairfax County requires that such facilities: 1) have one parking space per three persons of maximum occupancy load plus one spot per employee; 2) not be located within 1,000 feet of any school; and 3) not be located within 100 feet of any residence.  It also admonishes the Board of Supervisors, who issues the special exception, to consider: 1) hours of operation; 2) a required adult/child ratio; and 3) a limitation on amusement machines.

A specific zoning category applies over a general category.  Thus, the following categories allowed by the Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance would apply in lieu of a new one for generalized activities: bowling; private clubs; theaters; pool and billiards, amusement arcade; skating rinks; and dance halls.

However, the Board of Supervisors will want to consider allowing accessory activities, including billiards and arcade machines, at such facilities.  A review of indoor sports facilities in the Washington metropolitan area shows that they are used for coaching and teaching, parties, and meetings.  Some have eating establishments and pro shops. Such accessory uses were available, for example, at Hugo’s when the skating rink was operational. It was available for parties, had accessory game machines, and sold food and miscellaneous skating accouterments. Similarly, Warrenton Lanes allows parties, sells food and bowling equipment, and has accessory game facilities.  Other lanes also provide coaching.


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

Economic Development

Parks and Recreation

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