COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
AGENDA TITLE: ZTA 2009-006 Accessory Structures in required yards
Public hearing to consider proposed amendments to restore front setback for accessory structures and to establish minimum separation between accessory structures and primary structures
STAFF CONTACT(S): Messrs. Kamptner, Higgins and Wright
LEGAL REVIEW: No
AGENDA DATE: July 1, 2009
ACTION: X INFORMATION:
BACKGROUND: These amendments were recommended by staff to: restore an old requirement that prohibited accessory structures from being located in required front yard setbacks, and; to provide for a minimum distance between accessory structures and primary structures when establishing side setbacks. The Planning Commission recommended approval of these amendments on May 19, 2009 with some clarification on the location of accessory structures in easements.
Goal 1: Enhance the Quality of Life for all Albemarle County Residents
The proposed ordinance would amend Zoning Ordinance by reorganizing sections 4.11.2, 126.96.36.199, 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206 into two sections to be numbered 4.11.2 & 4.11.4. Since the Planning Commission public hearing the text has been further revised to refer to “zoning administrator” instead of the “director of zoning and current development” to be more current with official titles.
In their consideration of these amendments the Planning Commission increased the distance between structures from the 1’ recommended by staff to 6’ due their concerns about potential fire protection and maintenance issues. The Commission discussed this at length, considering distances of 1’, 3’ and 6’. They asked that staff consult with fire officials and the building official to see if this would be an issue. We have done this and confirmed that there is no fire or building code that establishes a minimum distance between buildings. The ordinance is presented with the 6’ separation.
After conducting a public hearing, staff recommends that the Board adopt the attached ordinance.
A: Accessory Structures Exec. Sum. for May 19, 2009 Planning Commission hearing (w/out attachments)
B: Draft Ordinance
View PC minutes of April 21 and May 19, 2009
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