COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Ordinance to amend County Code Chapter 4, Animals and Fowl, Article II, Dogs and Other Animals, Division 3, Running at Large, Section 4-213, In Certain Areas

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Public hearing to receive comments on a proposed ordinance to amend County Code Section 4-213, In Certain Areas, to add Section One of Corville Farm Subdivision as an area where it is unlawful for the owner of any dog to permit such dog to run at large

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Tucker, Foley, Davis, Miller  

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

December 6, 2006

 

ACTION:                               INFORMATION:   

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:    X                       INFORMATION: 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:   Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

BACKGROUND:

Virginia Code Section 3.1-796.93 authorizes governing bodies of counties to prohibit dogs from running at large.  Section 4-213 of the Albemarle County Code makes it unlawful for the owner of any dog to permit such dog to run at large in designated areas of the County.  It is the Board’s policy to consider allowing specific areas to be added to the list of designated areas if:  1) that area can be readily identified by plat which has been recorded in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court, and 2) the majority (51% or more) of property owners of the area sign a petition requesting that the Board add that area to the list. 

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Goal 1: Enhance the Quality of Life for All Citizens

 

DISCUSSION:

Fourteen property owners representing 10 of 14 lots in Section One of Corville Farm Subdivision signed a petition requesting that the Board add Section One of Corville Farm Subdivision to the list of designated areas where it is unlawful for the owner of any dog to permit such dog to run at large.  They submitted their petition and a copy of the recorded subdivision plat to the Clerk of the Board as required (Attachment B). One signature on the petition is a property owner in Section Two of the subdivision.  That section is not the subject of this public hearing.

 

If the Board wishes to add Section One of Corville Farm Subdivision to the list, an ordinance amendment to Section 4-213 of the County code is required.  A draft ordinance adding that area to the list is attached (Attachment A).

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

This ordinance does not have any anticipated budget impact.

 

RECOMMENDATION:

Staff recommends that, after the public hearing, if the Board wishes to add Section One of Corville Farm Subdivision to the list of areas where dogs are prohibited from running at large set forth in County Code Section 4-213, it adopt the attached ordinance.

 

ATTACHMENTS

A - Draft Ordinance

B - Corville Farms Property Owners’ Petition and Plat

C - Virginia State Code Section 3.1-796.93

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