RESOLUTION OF INTENT
WHEREAS, “contractor’s office and equipment storage yard” is a use classification authorized by right in the Light Industry (LI) zoning district (Zoning Ordinance § 27.2, entitled “Permitted Uses”); and
WHEREAS, experience in Albemarle County has shown that this use classification may range in intensity from one that is primarily offices with limited equipment storage and minimal impacts, to those that are more intense because less area is devoted to offices and more is devoted to equipment storage, with associated activities including equipment transportation; and
WHEREAS, in recent years concern has been expressed by some members of the public and public officials that the traffic, noise and other impacts arising from an intensive contractor’s office and equipment storage yard use may create conflicts with residential areas and rural areas in proximity to a Light Industry (LI) zoning district; and
WHEREAS, authorizing contractor’s office and equipment storage yards by right but subject to supplemental regulations, or allowing them by special use permit in the Light Industry (LI) zoning districts would allow such a proposed use to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis so that the impacts resulting from the use could be identified and addressed either through supplemental regulations (if allowed by right) or by appropriate conditions (if allowed by special use permit); and
WHEREAS, it is desired to amend Zoning Ordinance § 27.2 to either authorize the “contractor’s office and equipment storage yard” use classification by right but subject to supplemental regulations, or to change the use classification from one that is allowed by right to one that is allowed by special use permit; and
WHEREAS, if the “contractor’s office and equipment storage yard” use classification remains a by right use but subject to supplemental regulations, it is also desired to amend Zoning Ordinance § 5, entitled “Supplemental Regulations”.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT for purposes of public necessity, convenience, general welfare and good zoning practices, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors hereby adopts a resolution of intent to amend Zoning Ordinance § 5 (if the “contractor’s office and equipment storage yard” remains a by right use but subject to supplemental regulations) and § 27.2, and any other regulations of the Zoning Ordinance deemed appropriate, to achieve the purposes described herein.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Planning Commission shall hold a public hearing on the zoning text amendment proposed by this resolution of intent, and make its recommendation to the Board of Supervisors, at the earliest possible date.
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