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
outdoor recreational lighting is a specialized field; and
outdoor recreational lighting plan approval will be mandatory; and
this Zoning Ordinance text amendment will provide regulations to minimize
skyglow, glare and light spillover onto surrounding streets and properties
from outdoor recreational lighting; and
the amendment will provide for safe play; and
on March 28, 2002, the Fauquier County Planning Commission held a public
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
on August 19, 2002, the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors held a public
the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors believes these amendments will be
in the best interest of the citizens of Fauquier County; now, therefore,
by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 16th day of September
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,
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.
Primary Playing Areas with the exception of
residential accessory uses.
Where playing fields or other recreational areas are to be
illuminated, lighting fixtures shall be specified,
sports complex or athletic field lighting design plan shall be submitted,
which demonstrates in detail the proposed lighting installation.
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.
Outdoor recreational lighting is not permitted
in the Rural Conservation (RC) Zoning Districts, or within 1,000 feet from
the Rural Conservation (RC) zoning line.
All 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
A certified lighting designer or
manufacturer’s representative shall evaluate the completed installation
and shall certify that the installation meets the shielding, illumination
and light standards contained herein.
All events shall be scheduled so as to complete all activity before
or as near to 11:00 p.m. as practical, but under no circumstances shall
any illumination of the playing field, court or track be permitted after
11:00 p.m. except to conclude an event that was reasonably scheduled to
conclude prior to 11:00 p.m. No
event shall be permitted after 11:00 p.m.
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 curfew compliance.
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.
Board 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
Upon 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