Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:

Raymond E. Graham, Chairman, Cedar Run District Supervisor

July 13, 2006

Staff Lead:


Elizabeth A. Cook, Chief of Planning

Community Development


A Subdivision Ordinance Text Amendment to Chapters 4, 9, and 10

Topic Description:

On June 8, 2006, the Board of Supervisors approved the first of a series of Subdivision Ordinance text amendments to facilitate subdivision of commercial and industrially zoned properties.  All commercial and industrial subdivisions are now administratively approved. 

The second change is the addition of an infrastructure plan element to the construction plan process.  As envisioned, an infrastructure plan would permit the development of discrete public or private streets, utilities and stormwater management facilities without the specific details required in a site plan.  This amendment would enable the creation of commercial/industrial lots as pad sites for future development.  Any development on these parcels will require site plan review for specifics such as building location, parking, on-site stormwater management, landscaping, buffering, etc. 

The proposed Subdivision Ordinance text amendments are primarily to address the Board of Supervisors’ request to facilitate subdivision of commercial and industrially zoned properties.  The balance of the amendment generally is for clarification, and to mirror the actual review process. 

The proposed addition of Section 4-32 – Hydric Soils, moves the requirement for wetland information to the Preliminary Plat stage for residential subdivisions rather than the construction plan stage of review.  With the amendment, if the County Soils Map or the applicant’s soils report indicates hydric soils or soils with hydric inclusions soils on a property, the applicant must submit a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) Jurisdictional Determination with the submission of the preliminary plat or infrastructure plan.  This technical information will help ensure that an applicant can in fact build to the proposed design.  USACOE permitting continues to be one of the principal reasons resulting in major project redesigns.

The edits shown in the ordinance in red text and with black strikethrough reflect the Planning Commission’s recommendation.  Staff has refined the language to reflect some additional edits, which are shown in blue text.


Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:

Conduct a public hearing and consider adopting the attached ordinance.

Planning Commission Recommendation:

On May 25 2006, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval of the proposed text amendment.

Financial Impact Analysis:

There was no financial impact analysis required for this request.

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

Planning Commission

Commercial Development Community

Department of Community Development

Referral Agencies


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