Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:

Planning Commission

July 13, 2006


Staff Lead:



W. Todd Benson, Assistant Zoning Administrator


Community Development




A Proposed Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Section 15-300 to Amend the Definition of Park Facilities (Governmental), Non-athletic


Topic Description:


The purpose of the text amendment is to redefine governmental park facilities in a way to allow flexibility to the Department of Parks and Recreation in fulfilling their responsibilities.


Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:


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


Financial Impact Analysis:

No financial impact analysis has been conducted.


Summary Staff Report:


The Department of Parks and Recreation recently decided to sponsor a farmersí market at Monroe Park.  Upon inquiry to the Zoning Office, it was determined that a special permit was required and that a zoning text amendment also was needed.  By the time these changes occur, it will be July or August, well past optimal time for a farmersí market. 

While this amendment will not cure the problem at Monroe Park in a timely manner, the text amendment will shift regulation of typical park uses from the Zoning Office to the Department of Parks and Recreation.  This change will allow the Department of Parks and Recreation to continually and timely develop new and innovative programs while remaining under the ultimate control of the County Administration and Board of Supervisors.

This proposed text amendment was initiated by the Planning Commission on May 25, 2006. On June 29, 2006, the Planning Commission unanimously recommended adoption.


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

Economic Development

Department of Parks and Recreation


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