Exchange is allowed with a special permit in the RA/Rural
Agriculture and I-2 Industrial zoning classifications. The
Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance includes two standards for
the approval of the permit: 1) a minimum lot size
requirement of 25 acres in the RA District, and 2) a minimum
frontage requirement of 300 feet on a major collector.
existing livestock exchange in Marshall, zoned RA, does not
meet the 25 acre minimum. The lot contains 17 acres;
however, the use has a variance approved by the Board of
Zoning Appeals allowing the smaller lot size. The Livestock
Exchange is now considering selling a portion of its
property for use as a feed store (farm supply store as
categorized under the Zoning Ordinance), but cannot do so
because of the minimum lot size requirement in the Zoning
Ordinance for a Livestock Exchange. Due to the historic
significance and importance to the agricultural community of
the facility, the Board of Supervisors referred this
proposed text amendment for Planning Commission public
hearing and recommendation regarding the elimination of the
25 acre minimum lot size requirement.
29, 2004, the Planning Commission held a public hearing on
the proposed amendment and voted to recommend approval of
proposed refinement to Section 5-1503 of the Zoning
Ordinance is attached.