A Resolution to initiate a Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Section 8-1401 to Increase Identification Sign Limits in the Rural and Residential Zones

            WHEREAS, it is appropriate to amend the Zoning Ordinance to regulate signage; and

            WHEREAS, Fauquier County seeks to provide additional flexibility to fire stations for signage to list activities and make announcements; and

            WHEREAS, adoption of the attached amendments to Section 8-1401.3 supports good zoning practice, convenience and the general welfare; now, therefore, be it           

            RESOLVED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 13th day of December 2007, That amendments to Section 8-1401.3  related to limits for Identification Signs in the rural and residential districts be, and are 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:

8-1401       3.   Identification Signs:

A.  Signage, not exceeding thirty two (32) square feet in area, for the purpose of showing the name and use of any lawful, non residential use within these districts for which other signage standards are not specifically set forth, when such signage is erected or displayed on the property.  In addition to displaying name and use, signage for public uses and schools, whether public or private, may also display information about activities and announcements.   Home occupations are not such uses qualifying under this subsection.  One sign not exceeding two (2) square feet in area shall be permitted for each single family home.  Height not to exceed ten (10) feet.

B.   Notwithstanding the foregoing, farm supply establishments in Agriculture Districts may, by special permit, increase their signage up to one hundred and fifty (150) square feet, but no more than thirty-two (32) square feet per sign provided they:  1) are located with direct access to a rural principal arterial; and 2) require additional signage for commercial or safety reasons arising out of restricted visibility of the business.  One such sign may be erected off premise, but within 100 feet, on property owned by the same entity in order to denote the entrance to the farm supply establishment.

C.   Notwithstanding the limitations set forth in 3A, above, any Fire Station with existing signage exceeding the 32 square foot limit as of December 1, 2007, whether or not legally permitted by the County, shall be allowed the additional signage until December 1, 2012 except that all signage shall be brought into conformance at such time as any new sign for a fire station is permitted by the County for such fire station.


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