This text amendment would add number 29 to
Section 6-102 (Permitted Accessory Uses) to allow limited
fundraising activities on properties located in the Rural
Agriculture (RA) and Rural Conservation (RC) zoning districts.
A no-fee administrative permit would be required from the
Zoning Administrator to ensure compliance with Health Department,
Virginia Department of Transportation and similar regulations.
The Zoning Office annually becomes aware of
such events, many of which are violations of the current Zoning
Ordinance regulations. Many
of these events now require special permit approval from the
Fauquier County Board of Zoning Appeals for a temporary use. The
Zoning Administrator usually does not learn of an event until an
inquiry is made by a neighbor or through advertisement.
By that time, all arrangements for the event have been
finalized, and insufficient time exists to obtain the special
permit. As a result,
the landowner is warned to obtain the necessary special permit for
any future event.
The amendment would allow events as
permitted accessory uses while providing reasonable standards to
limit size and activities. The
Zoning Administrator would determine compliance with standards
through the administrative zoning permit process.
parcel could be the site for more than two of these events in a
year, and the amendment would contain standards to limit the
impact of such activities. Many
of these performance standards for this new category are identical
to those regularly placed on special exception approvals for Class
C or higher events.
Fundraisers currently require a special
permit for a temporary use, but the beneficiaries are limited to
local non-profit organizations having their primary administrative
offices in Fauquier County, such as fire and rescue departments,
the local SPCA or similar groups.
If approved, the text amendment would allow fundraisers for
any non-profit group as defined in the Internal Revenue Code, for
a governmental agency or for a department such as Parks and
proposed amendment would permit fundraisers for groups or
organizations such as the Democratic National Committee, Loudoun
Memorial Hospital, Make a Wish Foundation, or other qualifying
May 30, 3003, the Board of Supervisors voted to refer this text
amendment to the Planning Commission.
The Planning Commission held a public hearing on June 27,
2002, and forwarded this amendment to the Board with a
recommendation for approval as presented herein.