Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:

Planning Commission


October 12, 2006


Staff Lead:


W. Todd Benson, Assistant Zoning Administrator


Community Development




A Proposed Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Section 12-606 to Allow Certain Driveways to be Ten (10) feet in Width and Unpaved


Topic Description:

This proposed text amendment is designed to allow businesses, which are co-located with a residence in the Rural        Zoning Districts or the Residential Zoning Districts, to have driveways     not less than ten (10) feet in width and unpaved unless a greater width or surface treatment is required by a Special Permit or Special Exception.


Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:

Conduct a public hearing and consider adoption of the attached ordinance.

Financial Impact Analysis:

No financial impact analysis has been conducted.


Summary Staff Report: 

When reviewing a special permit or special exception use at an existing residence, the main goal is to permit a use while maintaining the residential appearance and to not impact the surrounding neighbors.  Provisions of the ordinance require that all site plans provide 20-foot paved driveways.  It often is more of an impact on the site to construct and pave a 20-foot wide access road when such use is accessory to the residence and somewhat minor in nature.  This proposed amendment would allow for maintaining the appearance of a residence without the commercial component impacting the property or surrounding neighbors while allowing certain business type uses in the home.

This text amendment was initiated by the Planning Commission on July 27, 2006. The Planning Commission conducted a public hearing on August 31, 2006 and unanimously voted to recommend approval.

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

Economic Development

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