The proposed Zoning Ordinance text
amendments would allow museums to be located as a permissible use
in the Residential-1 (R-1), Residential-2 (R-2), Residential-3
(R-3), Residential-4 (R-4) and Village (V) Zoning Districts as a
special permit use. Site
plan approval would also be necessary if the Fauquier County Board
of Zoning Appeals approves a special permit application.
Zoning Ordinance currently permits museums with special permit and
site plan approvals in the Rural Agriculture (RA), Commercial-1
(C-1), Commercial (CV) and Industrial-1 (I-1) Zoning Districts.
Museums are permitted as by-right uses in the Commerical-2
(C-2) and Commercial-3 (C-3) Zoning Districts following site plan
approval. The Planned
Residential District (PRD) permits a museum as an approved
secondary use, and the Planned Development Mixed Use District (PDMU)
allows museums with special permit and site plan approvals.
This amendment would provide the
flexibility to utilize existing historic structures in the Village
and other Residential Zoning Districts as museums, where such a
use currently would not be permitted.
The amendment also would permit museums to be located in
the service districts where commercial or industrial property may
be unavailable or too expensive for that undertaking.
special permit approval by the Fauquier County Board of Zoning
Appeals would permit each application to be examined on an
individual basis, as is presently required in the RA, C-1, CV and
I-1 Zoning Districts. The
BZA would examine the possible effects of traffic, density, noise,
hours of operation and other criteria upon nearby properties.
The site plan requirement would regulate issues such as
lighting, landscaping, parking areas and screening.
The proposed additional standards would
limit museums to existing historic structures in the Village and
other Residential Districts.
Those standards also would limit retail sales to an
accessory role and limit them to the interior of the historic and
structure and be only for the benefit of the participants of the
August 29, 2002, the Fauquier County Planning Commission initiated
these text amendments and held a public hearing for the proposed
text amendments. On
September 26, 2002, the Commission voted unanimously to forward
the proposals with a recommendation for approval.