AN ORDINANCE APPROVING THE AMENDMENT TO SECTIONS 9-1001 (PURPOSE AND INTENT) AND 9-1006 (GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL ZONING DISTRICTS) REGARDING OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL LIGHTING
Section 9-1000 of the Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance regulates outdoor
light control; and
WHEREAS, outdoor recreational lighting is a specialized field; and
WHEREAS, outdoor recreational lighting plan approval would be mandatory; and
WHEREAS, this Zoning Ordinance text amendment would provide regulations to minimize skyglow, glare and light spillover onto surrounding streets and properties from outdoor recreational lighting; and
WHEREAS, the amendment still would provide for safe play; and
WHEREAS, the Fauquier County Planning Commission held a public hearing on March 28, 2002; and
WHEREAS, ON June 27, 2002, the Fauquier County Planning Commission voted to forward this revised amendment to the Board of Supervisors with a recommendation for approval; and
WHEREAS, the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on August 19, 2002; and
WHEREAS, the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors believes these amendments will be in the best interest of the citizens of Fauquier County; now, therefore, be it
by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 19th day of August 2002,
That Sections 9-1001 and 9-1006 be amended regarding the purpose and
intent for outdoor lighting control and outdoor recreational lighting.
The sections will be amended to read as follows:
Purpose and Intent
The purposes of
General Requirements for all Zoning Districts,
1. Public or Private Recreational Facilities.
Outdoor nighttime recreational events have unique and site
specific lighting needs. The
regulations in this section are intended to permit adequate illumination
for such events, while minimizing skyglow, reducing glare and lighting
spillover onto surrounding streets and properties.
Playing Areas with the exception of residential accessory uses.
playing fields or other recreational areas are to be illuminated, lighting
fixtures shall be specified,
A sports complex or athletic field lighting design plan shall be
submitted, which demonstrates in detail the proposed lighting
For each athletic field or complex to be illuminated, a lighting
design plan shall be submitted which demonstrates in detail the property
lighting installation. The
design plan shall include the lighting requirements for each sports field,
the specifications and technical measures showing how those requirements
will be achieved. Special
tree planting and/or buffering to assist in light control and protection
of adjacent properties and roadways shall be included.
Parking lot lighting requirements are included in Section 9-1006,
5., and entitled All Parking Lots, Loading and Display Areas.
recreational lighting is not permitted in the Rural Conservation (RC)
Zoning Districts, or within 1,000 feet from the Rural Conservation (RC)
applications for lighted outdoor recreational facilities shall include a
computer generated light level grid in conjunction with a site plan for
the proposed field and associated facilities.
Hours. All events shall be
scheduled so as to complete all activity before or as near to 10:30 p.m.
as practical, but under no circumstances shall any illumination of the
playing field, court or track be permitted after 10:30 p.m. except to
conclude an event that was reasonably scheduled to conclude prior to 10:30
p.m. No event shall be
permitted after 11:00 p.m.
All newly lighted fields, or existing fields being
upgraded or refitted, (public or private) shall be equipped with override
timing devices which will automatically cut off the lights to ensure
A modification, waiver or variation from the standards set forth in this
article may be granted by the Board of Supervisors, with Planning
Commission recommendation. Both the Board of Supervisors and the Planning
Commission shall hold a public hearing on the proposed modification,
waiver or variation.
of Supervisors may modify or waive any standard set forth in Article 9 for
an individual case, and it may impose conditions on such a modification or
waiver which it deems appropriate to further the purposes of these outdoor
recreational lighting regulations, in either of the following
finding the strict application of the standard would not forward the
purposes of this chapter, or that alternatives proposed by the applicant
would satisfy the purposes of these outdoor lighting regulations at least
to an equivalent degree.
Upon finding that
any outdoor fixture, or system of outdoor fixtures, required for an
athletic field cannot reasonably comply with the standard and provide safe
and sufficient illumination of the field, as determined by the recommended
practices adopted by the Illuminating Engineering Society of North
America for that type of field or activity.
Required Notice for Public Hearing, Written Notice to
Applicant/Owners and Written Notice to Adjacent Property Owners shall be
in accord with Section 13-111 4. Of the Zoning Ordinance for all requests
to modify, waive or vary the light requirements as set forth in this