COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
ZTA 2009-12 Churches and ZTA 2009-13 Home Occupations
Resolutions of Intent to amend the Zoning Ordinance to allow certain churches and home occupations to be permitted as by-right uses
Messrs. Tucker, Foley, Davis, Kamptner, Cilimberg, Benish, Ms. McDowell
LEGAL REVIEW: Yes
August 5, 2009
ACTION: X INFORMATION:
In a joint work session of the Board and the Planning Commission to discuss the Rural Areas Implementation on June 3, 2009, staff was given direction to proceed with two zoning text amendments to allow certain churches, church expansions and home occupations to be permitted as by-right uses in the Rural Areas, subject to supplementary regulations. The Board identified limitations on the size, scale, and intensity of uses as important considerations.
Goal Three: Manage Growth - By June 30, 2010, increase the protection of the County's rural areas by implementing the key strategies of the Rural Area Plan.
Currently, churches, church expansions, and Home Occupations, Class B uses are allowed by special use permit in the Rural Areas zoning district. Standard conditions for these uses have been routinely employed to address anticipated impacts. With appropriate amendments to definitions and supplementary regulations to address the nature, scale and intensity of these uses, small-scale churches, church expansions and certain Home Occupations, Class B uses could become by-right uses in the Rural Areas.
Allowing small-scale churches, church expansions and certain Home Occupations, Class B would reduce staff time spent in processing special use permits for these uses (only a portion of which is recovered by current fees), allowing staff more time to devote to policy related work program initiatives.
Staff recommends that the Board adopt the attached Resolutions of Intent for Churches and Home Occupation, Class B.
A – Resolution of Intent - Churches
B – Resolution of Intent - Home Occupation, Class B
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