August 19, 2002, the Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on
the proposed Zoning Ordinance text amendments. Action
regarding the proposed amendments was postponed until the next
Planning Commission conducted a lengthy examination of the
proposed amendments to the Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance
regarding outdoor recreational lighting.
The Commission established two primary objectives for the
amendments: ensure a safe level of light for play and minimize the
amount of glare and spillover light emanating from outdoor
recreational lighting, other than that associated with residential
accessory uses such as swimming pools or private tennis courts.
approved, the amendments would clarify the purpose and intent of
the Zoning Ordinance regarding general outdoor lighting
regulations and specify standards for outdoor recreational
outdoor recreational lighting on public and private facilities.
lighting fixtures to be mounted and aimed so beams fall within the
primary playing area and be within the recreational lighting
specifications for safe play.
direct illumination to be confined within the property lines of
the recreational use.
full light cutoff from the fixtures.
the placement of poles or fixtures within 50 feet of adjoining
a field lighting design plan including the lighting requirements
for each field and specifications and technical measures on how to
reach those requirements. Special
tree planting and/or buffering would be shown to assist in light
control and protection of adjacent properties and roadways.
outdoor recreational lighting in the Rural Conservation Zoning
District or within 1,000 feet of a Rural Conservation zoning line.
curfews for newly lighted outdoor recreational facilities (public
override timing devices for newly lighted fields or existing
fields being upgraded or refitted (public and private) to assure
for modification, wavier or variation from the standards set forth
in the article. Only
the Board of Supervisors, following recommendation from the
Planning Commission may grant such modification, waiver or
variation. Both the
Board and Commission shall hold public hearings on any
modification, wavier or variation request.
The ordinance of approval is provided as Attachment 1.