Board of Supervisors Meeting Date: 

Joe Winkelmann, Center District Supervisor

October 21, 2002


Staff Lead:



Frederick P.D. Carr, Director

Community Development



A Resolution to Reconsider the Approval of Text Amendment to Section 9-1006 of the Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance Regarding Outdoor Recreational Lighting on Public and Private Athletic Fields


Topic Description:

The Board of Supervisors approved the outdoor lighting text amendment on September 16, 2002.

Since that time, concerns have circulated in the recreation and sports community.  Those concerns are that the lighting ordinance prevents special events/tournaments from extending beyond the 11:00 p.m. curfew identified in the recreational lighting section, and that waiver requests through the Board of Supervisors are required to extend that time.  It needs to be noted that the waiver process spelled out in the Zoning Ordinance is aimed exclusively at lighting design issues.

The recreational lighting ordinance does establish an 11:00 p.m. curfew for normally scheduled events; ; however, the Fauquier County Code allows [Section 16.2 (a)-(c)] the Director of Parks and Recreation flexibility under certain circumstances.  The referenced Code section states:

The Director of Parks & Recreation shall determine the hours when any park operated by the County shall be open to the public.  Such hours shall be posted prominently at the entrance of the park, and it shall be unlawful for any person or persons to be present in the park during any hours when the park is not open to the public, except:

        When any persons are engaged either as participants or spectators in any County-sponsored activity or event, when such activity extends beyond the posted hours of the park.

  • When any person has been issued a valid permit to conduct an event or activity that extends beyond the posted hours of the park.

To prevent Zoning Ordinance confusion, staff proposes that the Board of Supervisors reconsider the previously approved text amendment.  It is recommended that additional language be inserted to emphasize no event shall be permitted after 11:00 p.m. in a public park, unless a valid permit is obtained from the Director of Parks and Recreation in accord with the Fauquier County Code.

A resolution to reconsider the amendment to Section 9-1006 of the Zoning Ordinance is included as Attachment 1.  If the Board of Supervisors wishes to insert the new language, an ordinance of approval for the amended text amendment is included. 


Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors: 

Consider approval of attached Zoning Ordinance text amendments.

Financial Impacts Analysis:


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

Community Development

Parks and Recreation

Fauquier County Public Schools

Private schools with outdoor recreational lighting

Teams or leagues with outdoor recreational lighting on private fields

Adjoining and nearby property owners to outdoor recreational facilities


1.  Resolution

2.  Ordinance