WHEREAS, Zoning Ordinance § 30.6 was adopted in 1990 for the purpose of implementing the enabling authority in Virginia Code § 15.2-2306(A) by identifying those arterial streets and highways found to be significant routes of tourist access to designated historic landmarks, structures or districts within the County or in contiguous localities (hereinafter, “entrance corridors”), requiring that the erection, reconstruction, alteration or restoration of structures, including signs, on parcels contiguous to those streets and highways, be architecturally compatible with those historic landmarks or structures, and establishing the substantive and procedural requirements for approving development by the Architectural Review Board within the entrance corridors; and


WHEREAS, the Development Review Task Force (the “DRTF”) was charged by the Board of Supervisors in 2006 to review and assess current legislative land use processes to identify needed improvements in efficiency, effectiveness, quality and public participation; and


            WHEREAS, one of the DRTF’s recommendations to the Board of Supervisors in 2007 was to clarify the extent of Architectural Review Board review expected by the Board of Supervisors and development proposals that would later be considered by the Board of Supervisors and as a result of that recommendation, the Board of Supervisors, the Planning Commission and the Architectural Review Board have recently held two joint meetings to discuss issues pertaining to the DRTF’s recommendation and, related thereto, discussed recommendations presented by County staff for streamlining the Architectural Review Board review process in Zoning Ordinance § 30.6; and


WHEREAS, in order to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and quality in Zoning Ordinance § 30.6’s substantive and procedural requirements, Zoning Ordinance § 30.6 and related sections of the Zoning Ordinance  should be amended to reorganize, revise and streamline applicable procedural requirements, to reorganize, revise and amend applicable substantive requirements, to further clarify the authority and the role of the Architectural Review Board to facilitate the exercise of its powers, and to make other changes deemed appropriate in order to better achieve the purpose of Zoning Ordinance § 30.6 and to address the recommendation of the DRTF.


 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT for purposes of public necessity, convenience, general welfare and good land development practices, the Board of Supervisors hereby adopts a resolution of intent to amend Zoning Ordinance §§ 3.1, 4.15, 30.6 and any other regulations of the Zoning Ordinance deemed appropriate to achieve the purposes described herein.


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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