Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:

Planning Commission


June 14, 2007


Staff Lead:


Kimberley Johnson, Zoning Administrator


Community Development



A Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Section 8-1401 to Allow Additional Signage for Certain Commercial Businesses in Agricultural Districts


Topic Description:

This proposed text amendment would allow certain businesses in Agricultural Districts to increase their signage through the special permit process.


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:

In Agriculture Districts in February 2007, the Board of Supervisors acted to increase the commercial signage for farm supply establishments located with direct access to a rural principal arterial.  This amendment was initiated because of business and safety concerns relative to the Culpeper Farmersí Cooperative (Co-op) along Route 17.  The facility is not readily visible to traffic traveling north.  Visibility and safety could be enhanced through better signage.

Unfortunately, the Co-op is separated from Route 17 by a fronting street and separate parcel, which the Co-op also owns. 

For safety and business reasons, the Co-op needs to place its sign on the small parcel it owns and is located adjacent to Route 17 (refer to the illustration above).  This would constitute an off-premise sign, not permitted under the existing ordinance.  The proposed text amendment is intended to remedy this problem.

This text amendment was initiated by the Planning Commission on April 26, 2007. A public hearing was held May 31, 2007.  The Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the proposed amendment.


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

Department of Economic Development

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