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File #: 23-113    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Agricultural and Forestal Districts Status: Public Hearing
File created: 12/8/2022 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 1/11/2023 Final action:
Title: AFD202200002 Blue Run District Review
Attachments: 1. Att.A - Proposed Ordinance, 2. Att.B - December 13, 2022 PC Staff Report - Blue Run District Review
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AGENDA DATE: 1/11/2023

AFD202200002 Blue Run District Review

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST: Ordinance to amend County Code Chapter 3, Agricultural and Forestal Districts, Article 2, Districts of Statewide Significance, Division 2, Districts, to review the Blue Run District.

ITEM TYPE: Regular Action Item

STAFF CONTACT(S): Richardson, Walker, Rosenberg, DeLoria, Filardo, McDermott, Maliszewski, Clark

PRESENTER (S): Scott Clark


REVIEWED BY: Jeffrey B. Richardson

BACKGROUND: Localities are enabled to establish Agricultural and Forestal Districts (AFDs) under the Agricultural and Forestal Districts Act (Virginia Code ? 15.2-4300 et seq.). AFDs serve two primary purposes: (1) to conserve and protect agricultural and forestal lands; and (2) to develop and improve agricultural and forestal lands. Land within an AFD is prohibited from being developed to a more intensive use, other than a use resulting in more intensive agricultural or forestal production, without prior Board approval. In addition, the County is prohibited from exercising its zoning power in a way that would unreasonably restrict or regulate farm structures or farming and forestry practices in contravention of the Agricultural and Forestal Districts Act unless those restrictions or regulations bear a direct relationship to public health and safety (Virginia Code ? 15.2-4312).

The public hearing and the proposed ordinance (Attachment A) pertain to the periodic review of one AFD.

District Reviews
Virginia Code ? 15.2-4311 requires the periodic review of AFDs to determine whether they should continue, be modified, or be terminated, unless the Board determines that review is unnecessary. During the review process, land within an AFD may be withdrawn at the owner's request by filing a written notice with the Board any time before the Board acts on the review. Virginia Code ? 15.2-4311 requires that the Board conduct a public hearing on AFD reviews after they...

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