PUBLIC HEARING AGENDA REQUEST

Sponsor:

Board of Supervisors Meeting Date: 

Ray Graham, Cedar Run District Supervisor

August 19, 2002

Staff Lead:

Department: 

Frederick P. D. Carr, Director

Community Development

Topic:  TEXT AMENDMENT TO SECTION 3-314.10 OF THE FAUQUIER COUNTY ZONING ORDINANCE TO PERMIT FARM EQUIPMENT SALES, RENTAL AND SERVICE IN THE  RURAL RESIDENTIAL-2 ZONING DISTRICTS

This proposed Zoning Ordinance text amendment would permit farm equipment sales, rental and service as a land use in the Rural Residential-2 (RR-2) Zoning Districts with special permit approval from the Fauquier County Board of Zoning Appeals.  Site plan approval also would be necessary.

The Planning Commission conducted a public hearing on this proposal on July 25, 2002 and forwarded the text amendment to the Board of Supervisors with a recommendation of approval.  The Board of Supervisors had forwarded the referenced text amendment on June 17, 2002 to the Planning Commission for a public hearing and its recommendations.

The Zoning Ordinance currently permits the location of farm equipment sales, rental and service in the Rural Agriculture (RA) Zoning Districts after receiving special permit approval from the Board of Zoning Appeals and obtaining site plan approval.  The Zoning Ordinance includes the Rural Residential-2 (RR-2) Zoning Districts in the rural zoning district category, but this use currently is not permitted in the RR-2 districts.

The Zoning Ordinance also currently permits farm equipment sales, rental and service establishments as a by-right use in the Commercial-2 and Industrial-1 Zoning Districts and as a special permit use in the Commercial-1, Commercial Village and Industrial-2 Zoning Districts.  A site plan is required in all districts.

Almost all of the RR-2 Zoning Districts lie within Lee and Cedar Run Magisterial Districts.  This added special permit provides the Board of Zoning Appeals with the oversight and the ability to establish conditions to mitigate any identified impacts. The BZA oversight will help to ensure proper examination of each application with regard to location, traffic, noise, screening and other criteria.   Site plan approval would be mandated.

The additional standards for farm equipment sales, rental and service establishments are identical to those for automobile sales, rental and service establishments.  The farm sales, rental and service establishments also have an additional standard prohibiting parking, loading, storage and display in any required front yard or within 50 feet of the side and rear yard lot lines.  Both sets of standards are included.

 

Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors: 

Hold a public hearing and consider the proposed Zoning Ordinance text amendment as presented.

Financial Impacts Analysis:

No impact analysis was conducted for the proposed text amendment

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

Community Development

Attachments:

Copy of proposed ordinance

Additional standards for farm equipment sales, rental and service