Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:

Planning Commission

November 9, 2006


Staff Lead:


W. Todd Benson, Assistant Zoning Administrator


Community Development



A Proposed Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Sections 3-310, 4-603, 15-300 and Adding a New Section 5-1003 to Permit Indoor Sports/Activity Centers in Commercial and I-1 Zoning Districts and PCID Overlay Districts


Topic Description:

This proposed text amendment is designed to allow indoor sports/activity centers.


Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:

Conduct a public hearing and consider adoption of the attached Ordinance.

Financial Impact Analysis:

No financial impact analysis has been conducted.


Summary Staff Report:


There appears to be a growing request for indoor sports/activity facilities. In the last several months, Community Development has had four inquiries about indoor sports/activity centers. One person wants to establish an indoor soccer field for youth soccer.  Another person wants a facility for dance, gymnastics, a game room (video games, ping pong, etc.), and meeting rooms for groups such as scouts. Another wants to construct three indoor soccer fields and three basketball courts.

Staff’s initial response is to have a broad definition for indoor sports/activity center in order to allow flexibility to respond to needs and creative proposals.  Conversely, staff recommends that such uses be allowed by special permit or special exception in order to ensure that a proposed facility is compatible with a proposed location.

Fairfax County requires that such facilities: 1) have one parking space per three persons of maximum occupancy load plus one spot per employee; 2) not be located within 1,000 feet of any school; and 3) not be located within 100 feet of any residence.  It also admonishes the Board of Supervisors, who issues the special exception, to consider: 1) hours of operation; 2) a required adult/child ratio; and 3) a limitation on amusement machines.

A specific zoning category applies over a general category.  Thus, the following categories allowed by the Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance would apply in lieu of a new one for generalized activities if such activities constitute the primary use: bowling; private clubs; theaters; pool and billiards, amusement arcade; skating rinks; events; and dance halls.

However, the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors will want to consider allowing accessory activities, including billiards and arcade machines, at such facilities.  A review of indoor sports facilities in the Washington metropolitan area shows that they are used for coaching and teaching, parties, and meetings.  Some have eating establishments and pro shops. Such accessory uses were available, for example, at Hugo’s when the skating rink was operational. It was available for parties, had accessory game machines, and sold food and miscellaneous skating accouterments. Similarly, Warrenton Lanes allows parties, sells food and bowling equipment, and has accessory game facilities.  Other lanes also provide coaching.

If approved, this change would allow a wide range of activities at indoor sports/activity centers similar to what is allowed at fairgrounds; however, the activities would be indoors.

This amendment also will be used to correct the spelling of “billards” in  Section 3-310.

At a work session in July 2006, the Board of Supervisors directed County staff to prepare an appropriate text amendment for initiation by the Planning Commission. This proposed text amendment was initiated by the Planning Commission on July 27, 2006. The Planning Commission conducted a public hearing on August 31, 2006, the public hearing was closed, and the Planning Commission continued this matter until its next meeting.  The principal reason expressed for the continuance was so that the Planning Commission could consider the appropriateness of allowing indoor sports facilities in I-2 districts. On September 28, 2006, the Planning Commission conducted a work session on the proposal.  During the work session, the Planning Commission reached consensus to eliminate I-2 Districts for indoor sports facilities and recommend approval of the proposed ordinance as amended.  The proposed ordinance was recommended unanimously.


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

Economic Development

Parks and Recreation

Vint Hill Economic Development Authority

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