A Resolution Initiating a Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Section 5-1813 to Amend the Additional Standards for a Community Farmersí Market

            WHEREAS, it is appropriate to amend the Zoning Ordinance to address standards for special permit and special exception uses; and

            WHEREAS, Fauquier County seeks to provide additional flexibility in locating Community Farmersí Markets at locations within the County; and

            WHEREAS, adoption of the attached amendments to Section 5-1813 supports good zoning practice, convenience and the general welfare; now, therefore, be it           

            RESOLVED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 8th day of November 2007, That amendments to Section 5-1813  related to standards for Community Farmersí Markets be, and is hereby, initiated and referred to the Planning Commission for public hearing and recommendation; and, be it

            RESOLVED FURTHER, That the following text represents the proposed changes for consideration:

5-1813                         Additional Standards for a Community Farmersí Market

1.   The minimum lot size requirement shall be one hundred (100) acres; multiple contiguous legal lots under common ownership may be utilized to satisfy the lot size requirement.  The requirements of this section shall not preclude the property owner from conducting compatible, Permitted Uses on the same parcel. 

2.   The road frontage requirement shall be a minimum of 300 feet on a road designated as a major collector (or higher) in the Comprehensive Plan unless the Board of Zoning Appeals finds that the type and amount of traffic generated by the facility is such that it will not cause an undue impact on the neighbors or adversely affect safety of road usage.

3.   All open off-street parking and loading areas shall be no closer than 25 feet from any lot line.

4.   In addition to the allowed farm sign, one temporary, portable sign may be erected of up to 12 square feet in size and six (6) feet in height to advertise hours of operation and products available.

5.   The permitted activity is the use of any tract of land in a rural agriculture zoning district for the retail sales and preparation of agricultural products, horticultural products, aquacultural products, and hand made crafts.  Any other retail sales conducted on the property shall be accessory and incidental to the permitted activity.  Permitted accessory products shall be accessory and incidental to the permitted activity.  Permitted accessory products include pottery, baskets, garden accessories, baked goods, floral supplies and other similar type items directly related to the culture, care, use of, or processing of the principal use.  Products using electrical or combustion power such as lights, lawn trimmers, and tractors shall not be allowed.  Outdoor recreational activities such as corn mazes, hayrides, pumpkin patches or other similar activities which are dependent on the products being produced on site may be held in conjunction with a community farmerís market if approved as part of a special permit application.

6.   Highway entrance shall be approved by the Virginia Department of Transportation.

7.   Sanitary facilities shall be approved by the Fauquier County Health Department.

8.   No structure used for or in conjunction with the use shall be located within 500 100 feet of any adjoining property located in a Residential or Rural Zoning District. 

9.   No more than one new structure shall be allowed to be constructed, not to exceed 2,500 6,500 square feet in size and shall meet all location requirements for the RA zoning district.  However, structures previously existing on the parcel may be converted to a farmersí market use, regardless of size or number, if the Board determines the location, accessibility, and visibility of these structures is appropriate to this use. 

10. All At least 80% of the agriculture products, horticultural products, and hand made crafts shall be grown or produced within the Commonwealth of Virginia. 


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