ORDINANCE

A PROPOSED ZONING ORDINANCE TEXT AMENDMENT TO SECTION 12-606 TO ALLOW CERTAIN DRIVEWAYS  TO BE TEN (10) FEET IN WIDTH AND UNPAVED  

WHEREAS, on July 27, 2006, the Planning Commission initiated this text amendment; and  

WHEREAS, on August 31, 2006, after a public hearing, the Planning Commission forwarded the proposed text amendment to the Board of Supervisors unanimously recommending approval; and  

WHEREAS, on October 12, 2006, the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on this amendment; and  

             WHEREAS, the adoption of this text amendment would be in the spirit of the Zoning Ordinance, consistent with public convenience, general welfare, and good zoning practices, consistent with the adopted Comprehensive Plan, and is in the best interest of the citizens of Fauquier County; now, therefore, be it 

ORDAINED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 12th day of October 2006, That Section 12-606 be, and is hereby, amended as follows: 

12-606 Driveways, Service Roads

 1. The pavement of vehicular traffic lanes or driveways, designed to permit  vehicular travel on the site and to and from adjacent property and parking areas, shall be not less than twenty (20) feet in width. This width may be reduced to no less than eighteen (18) feet for parks in RC, RA, and R-1 Districts when, in the opinion of the Zoning Administrator, a lesser width is appropriate because of design, maintenance, or engineering factors, provided the lane or driveway design contains adequate shoulders and drainage.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, when a business is co-located with a residence in a  Rural Zoning District or a Residential Zoning District, the driveway  may be 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  condition. 

2. On any site bordering a primary, arterial or interstate highway, or adjacent to an existing service road in the state highway system, the developer, in lieu of providing travel lanes or driveways that provide vehicular travel to and from adjacent parking areas and adjacent property, may dedicate where necessary and construct a service road under County and State standards for such roads. In such event, the setback requirements shall be no greater if the service road is dedicated than the setback required without the dedication, except in no instance shall a building be constructed closer than twenty (20) feet from the nearest right-of-way line.

3. Upon satisfactory completion, inspection and only upon application by the developer, the County shall take the necessary steps to have such service road accepted by the VDOT for maintenance.

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