Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:


William G. Downey, Scott District Supervisor


June 21, 2004

Staff Lead:



Kimberley Johnson, Zoning Administrator


Community Development



Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Sections 3-313 and 5-1301 to Add “Kennel/Animal Shelter” with a Special Use Permit in the R-1/Residential Zoning District


Topic Description:


The proposed text amendment would add “kennel/animal shelter” as a use permitted in the R-1 zoning district through the special permit process, with additional standards limiting such a kennel to parcels at least 20 acres in size and requiring larger setbacks.


Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:


Conduct a public hearing and consider adoption of the attached Ordinance.


Financial Impact Analysis:



Summary Staff Report:


This text amendment is being proposed in order to accommodate a planned expansion of the Paws Awhile Pet Motel located in Scott District, north of Route 605 at 7353 Woodlawn Lane.  While the kennel is located on a 2.5 acre parcel, that parcel is one of multiple parcels under common ownership which create a 24 acre tract.  If this text amendment is adopted by the Board of Supervisors, the future expansion for the Paws Awhile Pet Motel would be required to proceed through the Board of Zoning Appeals public hearing process for special permit approval. 


The R-1 district does not allow a “kennel/animal shelter” under the current Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance and the Paws Awhile Pet Motel is zoned R-1.  The kennel has been in operation for about 30 years, and was built when the property was zoned RA/Rural Agriculture.  The use is, therefore, a legally existing nonconforming use.  Generally, the nonconforming provisions of the zoning ordinance limit expansion of an existing use to no more than a 25% increase in building area and to a value no more than 50% of the current appraised value.   The current owners of the kennel wish to fully enclose all existing outdoor operations and to expand the overall facilities.  According to the owners, the desired renovations and expansions cannot be accommodated within the limitations imposed for nonconforming uses; therefore, a text amendment is proposed to allow the kennel use in the R-1 district.  Standards are proposed to limit such kennels to large parcels (over 20 acres) and to ensure minimal impacts on adjoining properties, including a requirement for 200-foot setbacks and a requirement for fully enclosed facilities. 


On April 29, 2004, the Planning Commission held a public hearing on the proposed amendment and voted to recommend approval of the amendment.


The proposed refinement to Sections 3-313 and 5-1301 of the Zoning Ordinance is attached.


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

Economic Development Office

Board of Supervisors





1.      Proposed Ordinance