WHEREAS, the Comprehensive Plan’s Rural Areas Plan identifies the protection of historic, archeological and cultural resources as a guiding principle for the Rural Areas;


            WHEREAS, country stores are an important economic, cultural and historic part of the Rural Areas and an integral component in the crossroads communities in the Rural Areas;


            WHEREAS, the Rural Areas Plan states that a strong agricultural economy is one of the elements of the County’s vision for the Rural Areas and its guiding principles encourage providing support to local agricultural economies and supporting rural land uses that provide rural landowners with economic viability;


            WHEREAS, a large number of country stores throughout the County are threatened; and  


WHEREAS, the conservation of historic resources is one express purpose of the Rural Areas zoning district and it is desired to amend the Zoning Ordinance to ensure that the remaining country stores continue to play an essential role in the culture, economy and historic legacy of Albemarle County.


 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT for purposes of public necessity, convenience, general welfare and good zoning practices, the Albemarle County Planning Commission hereby adopts a resolution of intent to amend Zoning Ordinance § 3, Definitions, § 5, Supplementary Regulations, and § 10, Rural Areas (RA), 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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