|Rural Agriculture: Use Elimination
On July 15, 2002, the Fauquier County Board
of Supervisors voted to delete continuing care facilities as uses
in the Rural Agriculture and Rural Residential-2 Zoning Districts.
The consideration of the recent Suffield Meadows
application led the Fauquier County Planning Commission and Board
of Supervisors both to express concerns about the impact of such
facilities upon traffic generation, intersections, density, septic
and water needs, emergency access and other related issues.
Almost all of
Fauquier County’s Village Zoning Districts lie outside of
established service districts, surrounded by rural districts, so
the same concerns apply to those areas.
If these text amendments are approved, continuing care
facilities still could be located in service districts in the
residential zoning districts listed above where the basic services
(e.g. emergency, medical) and infrastructure exist, or will exist,
for public sewer and water utilities, and transportation plans are
in place to handle the heavier flows of residentially generated
Continuing care facilities currently are
permitted, following special exception and site plan approval, in
the Residential-1 (R-1) and Planned Residential District (PRD). The use still would be allowed in those districts if these
text amendments were approved.
The use would continue to require special exception
approval for inclusion in the R-2, R-3, R-3, Planned Development
Mixed Use, Townhouse and Garden Apartment zoning districts, and a
site plan would be required.
The proposed amendments to Section 5-606
(Additional Standards for Continuing Care Facilities) would alter
several of the existing criteria.
As noted above, any continuing care facility would have to
be located within the boundaries of a Service District where
public water and sewer utilities are available.
This change would act to alleviate concerns over the
effects of water usage on groundwater supplies and possible health
problems tied to septic system problems.
The amended Section 5-606 would eliminate
the requirement of a minimum parcel size of 100 acres. The Board of Supervisors originally established that
threshold to provide a sizable buffer in the Rural Zoning
believes this requirement, in a Service District, would be
prohibitive in terms of cost and land availability.
The Board of Supervisors would have the ability to
determine if a particular site contains sufficient acreage based
upon the scope of each individual application.
Any structure used for or in conjunction
with this use would need to be located 50 feet from any property
line rather than the current 100 feet.
The proposed amendment to Section 4-706
simply would add continuing care facilities as a special exception
use in the Planned Development Mixed Use Zoning District.
Site plan approval also would be required.
On September 26,
2002, the Fauquier County Planning Commission held a public
hearing on these amendments and voted unanimously to send the
amendment package forward with a recommendation for approval.