COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

ZTA 05-05 Farm Worker Housing

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Public hearing on proposal to amend sections 3, 5, and 10 of the Zoning Ordinance to permit the housing of farm workers in facilities intended only for temporary habitation.

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Tucker, Foley, Davis, Kamptner, Graham, Benish, McDowell,  Clark

 

LEGAL REVIEW:    Yes

 

 

AGENDA DATE:

December 13, 2006

 

ACTION:     X                            INFORMATION: 

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:                                  INFORMATION: 

 

ATTACHMENTS:       Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

BACKGROUND:

In April, 2005, the Zoning and Current Development Division of the Department of Community Development issued a determination that, while the housing of farm workers in structures intended for temporary, seasonal use (i.e., not dwelling units as defined in the Zoning Ordinance) has existed for decades in the Rural Areas of the County as a nonconforming use, it is not currently a permitted use in the Rural Areas (RA) zoning district.

 

Since that time, Community Development staff has been working with the agricultural community and other agencies to develop an ordinance that would address this situation by allowing farm worker housing as a use in the Rural Areas (RA) zoning district. A detailed history of this project is contained in Attachment B, the staff report from the Board’s public hearing on this item on September 13, 2006. The ordinance considered at that hearing would have allowed any farm worker housing facilities only by special use permit.

 

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Goal 4: Effectively Manage the County’s Growth and Development. 

 

 

DISCUSSION:

At the September 13, 2006 meeting, the Board directed staff to revise the draft ordinance to allow farm worker housing as a by-right use for up to ten persons in up to two dwelling structures and to allow farm worker housing for more than ten persons or more than two dwelling structures by special use permit. The ordinance included as Attachment A includes those changes. The current draft of the ordinance is based on the version considered by the Board on June 7, 2006, which allowed farm worker housing for up to twenty persons by right and required a special use permit for such facilities housing more than twenty persons.  The current draft (1) follows the Board’s direction from the September 13 meeting, and (2) clarifies that Class B facilities would be processed through a standard special use permit review.

 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends the Board of Supervisors adopt the draft ordinance in Attachment A.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment A – Current Draft Ordinance

Attachment B- Staff Report for September 13, 2006 Public Hearing

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