Planning Commission Public Hearings

Zoning Ordinance Amendment

Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 15.2-2204 of the Code of Virginia, as amended, that the Page County Planning Commission shall hold a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. on December 12, 2017, in the Board of Supervisors Room located in the County Government Center, 2nd Floor, 103 South Court Street, Luray, VA, to receive public comments and to consider the following:

1.  The definitions of the following terms shall be added in Section 125-4 to read as follows:
     Gardening
         Any use of land for the raising of grass, flowers, vegetables, crops, trees, or other botanical objects of natural growth,               generally for the use and/or consumption by the occupants of the premises.

     Agricultural Animals
         Means all livestock and poultry.

    Livestock
         Includes all domestic or domesticated; bovine animals; equine animals; ovine animals; porcine animals; cervidae                    animals; capradae animals; animals of the genus Lama; ratites, fish or shellfish in aquaculture facilities, as defined in §          3.2-2600; enclosed domesticated rabbits or hares raised for human food or fiber; or any other individual                                   animal specifically raised for food or fiber, except companion animals.

    Poultry
         Includes all domestic fowl and game birds raised in captivity.

    Companion Animal
         Means any domestic or feral dog, domestic or feral cat, nonhuman primate, guinea pig, hamster, rabbit not raised for               human food or fiber, exotic or native animal, reptile, exotic or native bird, or any feral animal or any animal under the               care, custody, or ownership of a person or any animal that is bought, sold, traded, or bartered by any person.                          Agricultural animals, games species, or any animal regulated under federal law as research animals shall not be                    considered companion animals for the purposes of this chapter.

2. The following provisions shall be added to the end of Chapter 125 (Zoning), Section 30.22 (Gardening) which reads as     follows:   
    Gardening
         a.     Gardening shall be permitted in any zoning district.
         b.     Individuals shall be entitled to sell flowers, vegetables, crops, fruit from trees, or other botanical objects of                                 natural growth which are grown in the garden on their property at a roadside stand on their property; however, such                  sales shall be limited to the flowers, vegetables, crops, fruit from trees, or other botanical objects of natural growth                  which are grown on the property and shall not include the sale of any other items including, but not limited to,                            primitive decorations, décor, or other items.

3.  Chapter 125 (Zoning), Section 125-10 Agriculture (A-1), paragraph D.(18) is hereby amended to read as follows:
         (18) Greenhouse retail sales

4.  Chapter 125 (Zoning), Section 125-12 (Commercial) (C-1), paragraph B.(1) is hereby amended to read as follows:
         Retail stores or shops for the conducting of any retail business, including but not limited to convenience store, craft shop;          florist; pawnshop; farmers market; greenhouse retail sales; hardware store; art and framing; antique shop; and other               similar uses (excluding coal, wood and lumber yards).

5. The following provision shall be added to the end of Chapter 125 (Zoning), Section 30.23 (Companion Animal) which             reads as follows:
          Companion Animal
              (a) All companion animals shall be permitted in any zoning district provided such keeping of animals does not pose a                    health or safety issue.  All companion animals shall be confined to an enclosed area that is adequate in size as per                    Chapter 34-2, Animals, of the Page County Code, and shall meet the needs specified in Section 3.2-6503 of the                         Code of Virginia.

6.  The following provisions shall be added to the end of Chapter 125 (Zoning), Section 30.24 (Agricultural Animal) which reads     as follows:
         Agricultural Animals
              (a) All agricultural animals shall be permitted in any zoning district provided such keeping of animals does not pose a                    health or safety issue.  All agricultural animals shall be confined to an enclosed area that is adequate in size as per                    Chapter 34-2, Animals, of the Page County Code, and shall meet the needs specified in Section 3.2-6503.1 of the                    Code of  Virginia.