ORDINANCE

 

ZONING ORDINANCE TEXT AMENDMENT TO SECTION 5-2002 TO ALLOW A NEW PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL SEWAGE TREATMENT SYSTEM FOR FARM SUPPLY ESTABLISHMENTS

 

 

            WHEREAS, Section 15-300 of the Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance defines a “Sewage Treatment Facility” to include any system that discharges into an open ditch or water; and

 

            WHEREAS, Sec, 5-2002.5 of the Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance limits the use of any sewage system that discharges into an open ditch or water to the replacement of failing systems; and

 

            WHEREAS, the proposed text amendment would also allow a sewage system that discharges into an open ditch or water for farm supply establishments, subject to certain other limitations; and

 

            WHEREAS, such flexibility is necessary to support agricultural uses; and

 

            WHEREAS, on June 24, 2004 and July 29, 2004, the Planning Commission held a public hearing on the proposed text amendment; and

 

            WHEREAS, on July 29, 2004, the Planning Commission voted to recommend adoption of the proposed amendment; and

 

            WHEREAS, on August 16, 2004, the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on the proposed amendment; and

 

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

 

            ORDAINED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 16th day of August 2004, That Section 5-2002 of the Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance be, and is hereby, amended to include the following:

 

6.         Nothwithstanding 5-2002.5, above, a private individual sewage treatment system which discharges into an open ditch or water may be approved in the RA/Rural Agriculture zoning district for a farm supply establishment where the standards listed below are met:

 

1)  the system is operated under the control of a Class III, or higher, wastewater operator which holds a current permit licensed in the State of Virginia;

2)  the system processes less than 1,000 gallons per day; and

3)  the Board finds such system to be the only viable option for the particular site. 

4)  In approving such a system, the Board may establish conditions including but not limited to use, maintenance, testing and reporting.

5)  The system has a permanent maintenance and monitoring agreement from a state licensed laboratory, company, or business to do maintenance and monitoring in the state and county.