Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:

Sharon McCamy, Lee District Supervisor

September 16, 2002

Staff Lead:


Carolyn Bowen, Zoning Administrator

Community Development

Topic: Proposed Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Section 3-302.6 (Auto Repair Garage) and Section 5-205.5 (Additional Standards for Auto Repair Garages)

The Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on August 19, 2002 for a proposed Zoning Ordinance text amendment to Section 5-205 (Additional Standards for Auto Repair Garages) to increase the maximum number of permitted vehicles from four (4) to six (6).  The proposal was postponed until the next meeting.

Concerns arose during the public hearing regarding the possible impacts of such expanded businesses in the Village (V) and Residential-1 (R-1) Zoning Districts. The Zoning Ordinance currently allows auto repair garages under Category 2 (Residential Business), with special permit approval from the Fauquier County Board of Zoning Appeals in the Rural Conservation, Rural Agriculture, Rural Residential-2, Village, Residential-1, Industrial-1 and Industrial-2 Zoning Districts.  Staff researched previously approved special permits for auto repair garages as residential businesses and found five (5) had been approved in Rural Agriculture Zoning Districts and one (1) in the Rural Residential-2 (RR-2) Zoning District.

 As a result of the stated concerns, the proposed text amendment has been re-advertised, adding a concurrent amendment to Section 3-302.6 (Residential Businesses) to delete auto repair garages as special permit uses in the Village (V) and Residential-1 (R-1) Zoning Districts. 

The existing Zoning Ordinance standards, contained in Section 5-205 for this use, limit the number of vehicles on site for repair or maintenance to a maximum of four. The text amendment would increase the maximum number of vehicles from four to six.   Note that the current standards also require a minimum lot size of two (2) acres for this use.  All work and any vehicles in excess of two are now to be located in a fully screened area and may not be located in any required yard. Those requirements would not change.  No site plan is required for this use.

This amendment would increase the maximum number of vehicles for repair or maintenance permitted on site to six at any time.  The Zoning Ordinance’s required screening and other standards would remain unchanged for this specified use.  Those additional standards may be found in Attachment 1.

On June 17, 2002, the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors referred this proposed text amendment to the Fauquier County Planning Commission for public hearing and recommendations.  The Planning Commission held a public hearing on July 25, 2002 for the proposed text amendment, where concerns arose over the possible effects on properties in the rural and residential zoning districts.  The Commission members felt the current limitation of four vehicles was sufficient for the type of use identified herein.  At that time, the Planning Commission felt that any business in excess of this operational scale needed to locate in a commercial or industrial zoning district.  As a result, it voted unanimously to recommend denial of the proposal to increase the maximum number of vehicles from four to six.

Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:

Hold a public hearing and consider the text amendment proposal as set forth in Attachment 1 (Ordinance of Approval).  A resolution of denial is provided as Attachment 2. 

Financial Impacts Analysis:



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

Community Development

Attachment 1              Proposed Ordinance of Approval

Attachment 2              Copy of Resolution of Denial