Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:


Planning Commission


June 9, 2005

Staff Lead:



W. Todd Benson, Assistant Zoning Administrator


Community Development



A Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Create a New Subsection 46 to Section 12-501 Requiring Submission of a Type 1 Soil Report or a Preliminary Soil Report as Part of All Major Site Plans


Topic Description:


The amendment would require all major site plan submissions to include a Type 1 Soil Report by the County Soil Scientist or a preliminary soil report consistent with the specifications set forth in Section 9, Subsection 5, Paragraph C of the Subdivision Ordinance.


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:


While many major site plan applications have a geotechnical study as a basis for the foundation design of the buildings, the remainder of the site lacks detailed soils information. A preliminary soil report, prepared by a certified professional soil scientist, or Type 1 soil map, prepared by the County Soil Scientist Office, would help in the design of parking lots and streets, stormwater management facilities and erosion and sediment control measures. The detailed information would also aid the County Engineer's Office in evaluating the submitted plans, especially in regard to stormwater management. Finally, the soil report would also help the County Soil Scientist Office to evaluate the suitability of the soils on the site for the proposed use.


On April 26, 2005, the Planning Commission held a public hearing on the proposed amendment and unanimously recommended it for adoption by 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