WHEREAS, although the Zoning Ordinance requires safe and convenient access for developments subject to a site plan (Section 32) and parking lots (Section 4.12), and the Subdivision Ordinance imposes minimum design standards for public and private streets to allow safe travel, there are no such minimum standards for driveways to residences in the Rural Areas zoning district; and


WHEREAS, in order to better protect the public safety, it is desired to require that driveways in the Rural Areas zoning district be designed and constructed to assure that fire and rescue vehicles can safely access a residence.


            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 Section 4 and any other regulations of the Zoning Ordinance as 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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