A Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Section 5-607 related to standards for transitional housing

            WHEREAS, on August 30, 2007, the Planning Commission initiated this text amendment; and

WHEREAS, on September 27, 2007, the Planning Commission held a public hearing on the proposed text amendment and forwarded the proposed text amendment to the Board of Supervisors recommending approval; and  

            WHEREAS, on November 8, 2007, the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on this amendment; and

            WHEREAS, adoption of the attached amendment to Section 5-607 supports good zoning practices, convenience, and the general welfare; now, therefore, be it           

            ORDAINED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 8th day of November 2007, That Section 5-607 be, and is hereby, amended as follows:

5-607                                                      Additional Standards for Transitional Family Housing

1.   This use shall only be permitted:  a) when located on the same site as a building used as a place of worship and as an accessory use to the main sanctuary; or b) when located on the same site as an office for operated by a qualified 501-c non-profit organization that provides transitional housing services, and operated by such non-profit.

2.   Minimum site area shall be 20 acres; multiple lots may be utilized to meet this requirement only if they are adjacent to each other and under the same ownership.

3.   No more than 20 15 rooms and no more than 40 20 people shall be housed at the facility at any one time.

4.   Residents of the facility shall be primarily families, shall be limited to no more than an eighteen month stay, and shall be required to participate in a structured program or classes designed to facilitate independent living.

5.   Facilities shall be located within service districts or must have approval for adequate septic and well requirements by the Health Department.

6.   At least one parking space shall be provided per family, and such parking shall be screened from view from adjoining properties The amount of parking required shall be determined based on the particular characteristics of the proposed site and use as part of the Special Exception process.  Where possible, the parking spaces for the sanctuary shall be utilized to meet this requirement in order to avoid additional paving at the site.

7.   Usable outdoor play space shall be provided for residents and screened from adjoining properties.  The amount and location of the necessary open space shall be determined in conjunction with the permit approval.

8.   The building containing transitional housing shall be set back a minimum of 100 from the side and rear property lines.

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