WHEREAS, churches are permitted by special use permit in the Rural Areas zoning district; and


            WHEREAS, several standard conditions have been imposed over the years in conjunction with the approval of special use permits for proposed churches and church structures, and minor changes to church structures or uses; and


            WHEREAS, although the term “churches” has a longstanding and consistent administrative interpretation that includes all religious uses and religious structures, it may be desirable to expressly define the term in the Zoning Ordinance; and


            WHEREAS, the County’s and the churches’ resources would be more efficiently used if proposed church structures and uses meeting specified criteria, and minor changes to church structures and uses, were allowed by right in the Rural Areas zoning district, subject to supplementary regulations under Section 5 of the Zoning Ordinance.  


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 and 10 and any other regulations of the Zoning Ordinance deemed appropriate to achieve the purposes described herein; and


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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