Changes to permitted use table sought

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By John Barnhart

    Both District 6 Supervisor Annie Pollard and District 7 Supervisor Tammy Parker are seeking to have some additions made to the permitted use table in the county’s zoning ordinance.
    Unless something is listed in a permitted use for a particular zone, it is not allowed. The two supervisors’ motions instruct the planning commission to begin the process, which will come back to the supervisors for final approval.
    Pollard’s motion will add auction houses to the table, and name them as a permitted use by right in AP, AR, AV, C-2 and PCD zones. The motion defines an auction house and establishes minimum parking requirements.
    Parker’s motion adds farmers’ markets, conference centers, meeting halls, livestock markets and temporary family care structures. Farmers’ markets would be a use by right in AP, AR, AV, and NC districts and, with additional standards, as a use by right in R-1, R-2, PRD, C-1, C-2, PCD, I-1, PID and EP districts. Conference centers would be a use by right in C-1, C-2 and AV districts and allowed, with a special use permit, in AP and AR districts. Meeting halls would be a use by right in AV, C-1, C-2 and PCD districts and allowed, with a special use permit, in AP, AR, R-1, R-2 and PRD districts. Livestock markets would be allowed, with a special use permit, in AP, AR, AV and C-2 districts. A Temporary Family Health Care Structure would be a use by right in R-1, R-2, R-3, R-4, PRD, PCD and PID districts.
    Both motions were prepared by county planning staff and Parker thanked Tim Wilson, the director of community development, for preparing the resolutions so quickly.
    District 4 Supervisor John Sharp also offered a resolution to add automobile sales as a permitted use in industrial zones. He noted that selling recreational vehicles and all terrain vehicles is allowed in these zones, but not automobile sales.
    “It seemed incongruent,” Sharp said.
    All three motions passed unanimously.
    The supervisors also heard  some detailed powerpoint presentations.
    One was by Kurt McCoy, a hydrologist with the United States Geological Service (USGS). The USGS has been working on a 10-year groundwater study for the county. He said that the study shows, at this point, that topography, rather than underlying geology, is the primary factor in groundwater flow in the county.
    Scott Ambler, a storm water compliance specialist with the Department of Conservation and Recreation, updated the supervisors on new storm water regulations. These will require the county to adopt regulations to conform to a state general construction permit. Ambler said this permit is currently being reviewed by the EPA.
    They also heard from Donna Holt, of Virginia Campaign for Liberty. Holt said that a United Nations program called Agenda 21, is the driving force behind much land use philosophy that is finding its way into local regulations.