ORDINANCE

 

ZONING ORDINANCE TEXT AMENDMENT TO ELIMINATE A MINIMUM LOT SIZE REQUIREMENT FOR A “LIVESTOCK EXCHANGE”

 

WHEREAS, the Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance currently requires a “Livestock Exchange” to have a minimum of 25 acres when such use is located in the RA/Rural Agriculture zoning district; and

 

WHEREAS,  the Zoning Ordinance has no such minimum lot requirement for a “Livestock Exchange” located in the I-2 zoning district; and

 

WHEREAS, the existing Fauquier Livestock Exchange is located in the RA zoning district on less than 25 acres; and

 

WHEREAS, the existing Fauquier Livestock Exchange has operated in the RA zoning district on lesser land since its inception without impact on adjoining properties; and

 

WHEREAS, the existing Fauquier Livestock Exchange wishes to further reduce the area on which it operates; and

 

WHEREAS, on April 29, 2004, the Planning Commission held a public hearing on the issue; and

 

WHEREAS, on April 29, 2004, the Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the elimination of a minimum acreage requirement; and

 

WHEREAS, on June 21, 2004, the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on these amendments; and

 

             WHEREAS, the adoption of this text amendment would be in the spirit of the Zoning Ordinance and is in the best interest of the citizens of Fauquier County; now, therefore, be it

 

ORDAINED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 21st day of June 2004,

That Section 5-1503 of the Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance be, and is hereby, amended as follows:

 

 

Section 5-1503            Additional Standards For Livestock Exchanges

 

1.         The minimum lot size requirement for such uses located in Rural Zoning Districts shall be twenty-five (25) acres.

 

12.       The road frontage requirement shall be 300 feet on a road designated as a major collector (or higher) in the Comprehensive Plan unless the Board of Zoning Appeals 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.

 

23.       An arena to be utilized for Livestock Business may be approved as part of a Livestock Exchange.  The arena may be utilized for other events specifically involving livestock, if such other events are specifically authorized as part of the Livestock Exchange special permit.  Any such arena shall be set back a minimum of 100 feet from all property lines, except that the Board of Zoning Appeals may reduce the setback to 50 feet upon a finding that a lesser setback is adequate given the specific layout of the arena and types of adjoining uses.