AN ORDINANCE APPROVING TEXT AMENDMENTS TO THE
FAUQUIER COUNTY ZONING ORDINANCE ADDING SECTION 3-309 (OUTDOOR
RECREATION) TO ALLOW PAINTBALL RECREATIONAL FIELDS AND ADD SECTION
5-919 (ADDITIONAL STANDARDS FOR PAINTBALL RECREATION FIELDS
WHEREAS, the Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance currently does not allow the location of paintball recreation fields; and
these amendments would permit the use in the Rural Agriculture Zoning
District following special exception and site plan approvals; and
the amendments also would provide additional standards to protect adjacent
the use also would be subject to site plan approval; and
on April 24, 2003, the Planning Commission held several work sessions to
the Planning Commission voted to forward the refined text amendments with
a recommendation for approval; and
the adoption of this text amendment would be in keeping with the spirit of
the Zoning Ordinance and in the best interest of the citizens of
by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 16th day of June 2003,
That Section 3-309 of the Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance be, and is
hereby, amended to allow paintball recreation fields as a special permit
use and Section 5-919 would be added to provide additional standards for
paintball recreation fields. The
Zoning Ordinance would be amended to read as follows:
OUTDOOR RECREATION (CATEGORY 9)
Paintball Recreation Fields
Minimum standards for paintball recreation fields
The minimum lot size requirement shall be 24 acres.
No structure shall be closer than 100 feet to any lot line.
No area where paintballs are discharged shall be located within 300’ of
any lot line or 500’ from
any adjoining residential property, provided that a lesser setback may be
permitted by the Board of Supervisors upon a determination that the lesser
setback in combination with other elements of the site design provides
adequate protection to adjoining properties and rights-of-ways.
A 20’ high nylon mesh screen shall be installed around all play areas
and shall be removed when the play area is not being utilized, at the end
of each day. The height of the
screen may be lowered to no less than 10’ by the Board of Supervisors
upon a determination that the lower screen in combination with other
elements of the site design provides adequate protection from discharged
All parking and spectator areas, structures and play areas shall be
Any retail sales conducted on the property shall be accessory and
incidental to the permitted activity and conducted only for the
participants of the site.
A plan of operations specifying days and hours of operation, number of
participants and employees, types of equipment to be utilized by users of
the site, safety procedures, type of compressed air fuel to be utilized on
the site and storage and maintenance procedures for the compressed air
fuel shall be provided for review in conjunction with the special
exception application. All
Safety procedures shall be reviewed and approved by Emergency Services.
All activities shall be in compliance with National Paintball
The hours of operation shall be limited to
, and further
restricted as applicable to daylight hours.
No lights or amplified sounds shall be permitted.
The facility shall have direct access to a road designated as a major
collector (or higher) in the Comprehensive Plan unless the Board of
Supervisors finds that the type and amount of traffic generated by the
facility is such that it will not cause an undue impact on the neighbors
or adversely affect safety of road usage.
The facility shall be secured at the close of business each day.
The applicant shall include the proposed number of persons to be on the
site in the application information.
All equipment and objects utilized in the paintball activities shall be
removed from the site within 90 days of the discontinuance of the