Board of Supervisors Meeting Date: 

Harry F. Atherton, Chairman, Marshall District Supervisor

September 15, 2003

Staff Lead:


Kimberley Johnson, Zoning Administrator

Community Development


An Ordinance to Approve the Text Amendment to Section 5-1503 of the Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance to Add a Standard Authorizing an Arena in Conjunction with a Livestock Exchange

Topic Description:


At its July 31 and August 25, 2003 meetings, the Planning Commission held public hearings and voted to forward the text amendment authorizing an arena as part of a Livestock Exchange use.

A Livestock Exchange is allowed, with a special permit, in the RA (Rural Agriculture) and I-2 (Industrial) zoning classifications.  The Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance does not specifically define the type of uses allowed as part of a livestock exchange.   The existing Livestock Exchange in Marshall, zoned RA, desires to construct an arena on-site.  The arena is planned to be used for livestock business, supporting what is known in the business as “arena sales.”  In addition, the owners would like to utilize the arena for related events specifically involving livestock.  While the Zoning Ordinance does allow accessory uses and structures as part of a primary use such as a Livestock Exchange, an arena does not meet the Zoning Ordinance’s existing requirements for accessory uses.  It simply is not something that is customarily found with most Livestock Exchange uses.  Therefore, a text amendment is necessary to allow consideration of the proposed arena.

The proposed text amendment would add a third standard to Section 5-1503 specifically allowing a livestock exchange arena, where approved by special permit. The standard requires that the arena be utilized, at least in part, in support of actual livestock exchange business, but also allows the arena to be utilized for other livestock-related events, where such other events are specifically authorized as part of the special permit. 

The new standard would require that the arena be set back 100 feet from the property line, with a reduction to 50 feet permitted, if the BZA finds that the lesser setback provides sufficient protection in the specific case because of the site layout or character and type of adjoining uses. 


Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors: 

Hold a public hearing on the proposed text amendment, and consider adoption of the attached Ordinance.

Financial Impacts Analysis:

No analysis was conducted for this proposed amendment.


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

Agricultural Development Office