Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:


Planning Commission


October 14, 2004

Staff Lead:



Frederick P.D. Carr, Director


Community Development



Resolution Adopting a Proposed Amendment to the Introduction Section of Chapter 6 – Service Districts of the Fauquier County Comprehensive Plan


Topic Description:


With the completion of the nine service districts, the introductory portion of Chapter 6 needs to be updated to be compatible with all the changes and recommendations contained in the referenced district elements.  The Planning Commission also integrated some basic changes in emphasis, including phasing, densities, and other associated topics of interest to the community. 


Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:


Consider adoption of the attached resolution.

Financial Impact Analysis:



Summary Staff Report:


The draft text amendment for Chapter Six – Service Districts is attached for review.  The document’s proposed additions and refinements are presented in italics or underlined, while the elements being recommended for elimination are marked with a through line for ease of reference.


The amendment covered, for example: (1) development scale; (2) “sewered” and “non-sewered” areas; (3) the need for residential development phasing; (4) community design (mix of uses for efficient design and access); and (5) revised residential density ranges. 


There were several key changes associated with density. The Planning Commission recommends that the “high density” land use category range be reduced from 7-20 to 7-10 dwelling units per gross acre, as reflected on page 10. The proposed change is logical.  Note that all single family attached, townhouse and apartment categories currently envisioned within the adopted Comprehensive Plan and allowed through the Zoning Ordinance can fit within the average gross density range.  Another criterion is that any residential rezoning application presented for County consideration must be submitted at the designated low end of the density range for that specified service district location.  Higher density steps must be justified and meet specified guidelines. If there is a proposed rezoning application, for example in the low residential density range (1-3), the expected density is 1 dwelling unit per acre.  To justify each added density increment, the applicant will need to demonstrate how the established guidelines listed on page 13 have been achieved. This refinement still allows net densities allowing mixes of single family detached, townhouse units and apartment buildings in such areas designated within the Service District Plans.

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Proposed Revision to Chapter Six – Service Districts of the Comprehensive Plan (Introduction)