COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
AGENDA TITLE: ZTA 2009-005 Zoning Ordinance Amendments relating to Enforcement and Administration
SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST: In order to better administer and enforce the Zoning Ordinance: a) clarify and revise problematic provisions such as definitions; b) include new provisions for enforcement, such as for temporary uses; c) reformat and renumber sections and d) make changes for consistency with the Virginia Code
STAFF: Ms. McCulley, Messrs. Heide and Newberry
PLANNING COMMISSION DATE: June 9, 2009
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DATE: July 1, 2009
ORIGIN: Staff recommendations that were incorporated into a resolution of intent adopted by the Commission on April 14, 2009 (attached).
BACKGROUND: These amendments relate to the administration and enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance. Many of the amendments involve: reformatting and renumbering sections and language within sections, adding definitions where they did not previously exist, correcting titles based on the current organizational structure, stating the current process and practice such as for building permits and notices of violation and incorporating several Virginia Code provisions. A complete table of the existing and proposed ordinance text with explanatory comments, is provided as Attachment B. In addition to these more “housekeeping” types of changes, several new provisions are included. The new provisions will be discussed in more detail within this report.
DISCUSSION: The proposed changes that involve new provisions establish tools and procedures for the more effective and efficient administration and enforcement of the zoning regulations. These amendments include:
PUBLIC PURPOSE TO BE SERVED: A) Improve the clarity of Ordinance requirements and procedures for applicants. B) Provide for improved effectiveness and efficiency for the administration of the Zoning Ordinance.
ADMINISTRATION/ REVIEW PROCESS: These amendments will improve the Ordinance administration and will further clarify certain review processes such as zoning review of building permits.
HOUSING AFFORDABILITY: Staff has not identified any impact these amendments have on housing affordability.
Staff recommends approval of the draft ordinance. (Attachment C)
ATTACHMENT A: Resolution of intent
ATTACHMENT B: Table of Ordinance Changes
ATTACHMENT C: Ordinance amendments (Section 3, 31, 34, 36 and 37) dated May 22, 2009
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