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ZONING ORDINANCE
Town of Tappahannock, Virginia

Adopted Sept 13, 2004


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ARTICLE I. PURPOSE AND AUTHORITY 1
     
Section 22-1. Authority  
Section 22-2. Purpose  
Section 22-3. Jurisdiction  
Section 22-4. Zoning Districts – Established  
Section 22-5. Interpretation  
Section 22-6. Severability  
Section 22-7. Location and Boundaries of Zones  
Section 22-8. Permitted Uses  
Section 22-9. Accessory Uses on Vacant Lots  
Section 22-10. No Use or Sale of Land or Buildings Except
in Conformity with Chapter Provisions
 
Section 22-11. Violations and Penalties  
Section 22-12. Relationship to Existing Zoning,
Subdivision, and Flood Control Ordinances
 
Section 22-13. Fees  
Section 22-14. Computation of Time  
     
ARTICLE II. BASIC DEFINITIONS AND
INTERPRETATIONS
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Section 22-15. Definitions of Basic Words and Terms  
Section 22-15.1 General Usage  
Section 22.15.2 Interpretations by Zoning Administrator
or Zoning and Code Compliance Officer
 
Section 22.15.3 Specific Definitions  
Section 22-16. Reserved  
     
     
ARTICLE III ADMINISTRATIVE MECHANISMS 32
     
Section 22-17. Appointment and Terms of Planning
Commission Members
 
Section 22-18. Meetings of the Planning Commission  
Section 22-19. Quorum and Voting  
Section 22-20. Planning Commission Chairman  
Section 22-21. Powers and Duties of Planning Commission  
Section 22-22. Advisory Committees  
Section 22-23. Appointments and Terms of Board
of Zoning Appeals
 
Section 22-24. Meetings of the Board of Zoning Appeals  
Section 22-25. Quorum  
Section 22-26. Voting  
Section 22-27. Powers and Duties of Board of
Zoning Appeals
 
Section 22-28. Zoning Administrator  
Section 22-29. Powers and Duties of the Zoning
Administrator
 
Section 22-30. Town Council  
     
     
ARTICLE IV DEVELOPMENT APPROVAL 38
     
Part I Zoning Permits  
Section 22-31. Permits Required  
Section 22-32. Severability  
Section 22-33. Time Limits for Zoning Permits  
Section 22-34. Permit Application Requirements
and Procedures
 
Section 22-35. Certificate of Occupancy  
Section 22-36. Inspection And Supervision
During Installation
 
Section 22-37. Who May Submit Permit Applications  
Section 22-38. Applications To Be Complete  
Section 22-39. Staff Consultation Before Formal Application  
Section 22-40. Staff Consultation After Application
Submitted
 
Section 22-41. Authorizing Use Or Occupancy Before
Completion Of Development
Under Zoning Permit
 
Section 22-42. Completing Developments In Phases  
Section 22-43. Expiration Of Permits  
Section 22-44. Effect Of Permit On Successors And Assigns  
Section 22-45. Amendments To And Modifications
Of Permits
 
Section 22-46. Reconsideration Of Board of
Zoning Appeals Action
 
Section 22-47. Maintenance Of Common Areas,
and Facilities
 
Section 22-48. Records of Zoning Administrators  
Section 22-49. Structures And Uses To Be As Provided
In Zoning Permits, Plans, and
Certificates of Occupancy
 
     
Part II Special Exception Permits  
Section 22-50. Intent  
Section 22-51. Initiation of Special Exceptions  
Section 22-52. Application for Special Exception  
Section 22-53. Hearing on Application  
Section 22-54. Authorization  
Section 22-55. Standards – General  
Section 22-56. Effect of Denial of a Special Exception  
Section 22-57. Complaints  
Section 22-58. Revocation  
Section 22-59. Standards for Specific Special Exceptions  
     
     
ARTICLE V APPEALS, VARIANCES,
INTERPRETATIONS
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Section 22-60. Appeals  
Section 22-61. Variances  
Section 22-62. Interpretations  
Section 22-63. Requests To Be Heard Expeditiously  
Section 22-64. Burden of Proof in Appeals and Variances  
Section 22-65. Board of Zoning Appeals Action on
Appeals and Variances
 
     
     
ARTICLE VI HEARING PROCEDURES FOR
APPEALS AND APPLICATIONS
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Section 22-66. Hearing Required on Appeals
and Applications
 
Section 22-67. Notice of Hearing  
Section 22-68. Evidence  
     
     
ARTICLE VII ENFORCEMENT AND REVIEW 58
     
Section 22-72. Complaints Regarding Violations  
Section 22-73. Persons Liable  
Section 22-74. Procedures Upon Discovery of Violations  
Section 22-75. Penalties and Remedies for Violations  
Section 22-76. Permit Revocation  
Section 22-77. Judicial Review  
     
     
ARTICLE VIII NONCONFORMING USES 61
     
Section 22-78. Effective Date of Chapter  
Section 22-79. Continuation  
Section 22-80. Repairs and Maintenance  
Section 22-81. Changes in District Boundaries  
Section 22-82. Expansion or Enlargement  
Section 22-83. Nonconforming Lots  
Section 22-84. Restoration or Replacement  
     
     
ARTICLE IX ZONING DISTRICTS AND ZONING MAP 63
     
Part I. Zoning Districts  
Section 22-85. Districts Established  
Section 22-86. Residential Districts  
Section 22-87. Commercial/Business Districts  
Section 22-88. Industrial District  
Section 22-89. Planned Development Districts  
Section 22-90. Floating Zones  
     
Part II Special Overlay District - Chesapeake Bay
Preservation (CBPA) Overlay District
 
Section 22-91. Title  
Section 22-92. Findings of Fact  
Section 22-93. Purpose and Intent  
Section 22-94. Areas of Applicability  
Section 22-95. Use Regulations  
Section 22-96. Lot Size  
Section 22-97. Required Conditions  
Section 22-98. Conflict with other Regulations  
Section 22-99. Determining Resource Protection
Area Boundaries
 
Section 22-100. Performance Standards  
Section 22-101. Water Quality Impact Assessment  
Section 22-102. Plan of Development  
Section 22-103. Administrative Waivers (Reserved)  
Section 22-104. Nonconforming Uses and Waivers  
Section 22-105. Exemptions  
Section 22-106. Exceptions  
     
Part III Special Overlay District -
Airport Overlay District
 
Section 22-107. Title  
Section 22-108. Purpose and Intent  
Section 22-109. Airport Safety Zones  
Section 22-110. Airport Safety Zone Height Limitations  
Section 22-111. Nonconforming Uses  
Section 22.112. Permits  
     
Part IV. Zoning Map  
Section 22-113. Identification of Official Zoning Map  
Section 22-114. Amendment of Official Zoning Map  
Section 22-115. Unauthorized Changes  
Section 22-116. Replacement of Official Zoning Map  
Section 22-117. Interpretation of District Boundaries  
Section 22-118. Amendments to the Official Zoning Map  
     
ARTICLE X PERMISSIBLE USES 94
     
Section 22-119. Use of the Designations P and SE in the
Table of Permissible Uses
 
Section 22-120. Permissible Uses and Specific Exclusions  
Section 22-121. Accessory Uses  
Section 22-122. Permissible Uses Not Requiring Permits  
Section 22-123. Change in Use  
Section 22-124. Combination Uses  
Section 22-125. Permissible Uses Tables  
     
     
ARTICLE XI SUPPLEMENTARY USE REGULATIONS 109
     
Section 22-126. Animal Boarding Places - Kennels
and Veterinary Hospitals (5.02.300)
 
Section 22-127. Antenna or Tower - greater than
50 feet in height and associated
substation (4.06.300)
 
Section 22-128. Boardinghouses, Bed and Breakfasts,
Country Inns (3.04.100)
 
Section 22-129. Child or Elderly Day Care Centers (3.03.220)  
Section 22-130. Flea or Open Air Market (6.01.300)  
Section 22-131. Golf Courses and Country Clubs (4.02.220)  
Section 22-132. Golf Driving Ranges, Par 3 Golf and
Miniature Golf Courses,
 
  Skateboard Parks, Waterslides,
Batting Cages, and Similar Uses (4.02.230)
 
Section 22-133. Group Residential Facility for
Housing Exceptional People (3.03.100)
 
Section 22-134. Home Occupations (5.01.117)  
Section 22-135. Hotels and Motels (3.04.200)  
Section 22-136. Manufactured Home Park (MH-1)
Standards (3.01.200 and 3.01.300)
 
Section 22-137. Mini-warehouses (7.02.230)  
Section 22-138. Nursing/Elderly Care Homes (3.03.410)  
Section 22-139. Pet shops (6.01.112)  
Section 22-140. Primary Residence with Accessory
Apartment (3.01.500)
 
Section 22-141. Public Utility Buildings and Public
Utility Structures (4.06.200)
 
Section 22-142. Retail Establishments in an
Office Building (6.01.114)
 
Section 22-143. Residential Structures -
Multi-family Conversion (3.02.400)
 
Section 22-144. Residential Structures -
Multi-family Structures (3.02.100)
 
Section 22-145. Residential Structures -
Townhouses (3.02.200)
 
Section 22-146. Satellite Dish (4.07.000)  
Section 22-147. Shop for furniture construction, finishing,
refinishing, and assembly (7.01.210)
 
Section 22-147.1 Tattoo Parlors and Schools - Body Piercing (5.01.110)  
     
     
ARTICLE XII PLANNED DEVELOPMENTS 125
     
Section 22-148. Intent  
Section 22-149. Conditions  
Section 22-150. Contents of a General Development Plan  
Section 22-151. Types of Planned Developments  
Section 22-152. Administrative Procedures for Planned
Developments
 
Section 22-153. Residential Mixed Use Development (RMX)  
Section 22-154. Planned Business Park District (B-P)  
     
     
ARTICLE XIII DENSITY AND DIMENSIONAL
REGULATIONS
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Section 22-155. Minimum Lot Size  
Section 22-156. Residential Density  
Section 22-157. Minimum Lot Widths  
Section 22-158. Building Setback Requirements  
Section 22-159. Accessory Building Requirements  
Section 22-160. Building Height Limitations  
Section 22-161. Cluster Subdivisions  
Section 22-162. Schedule of Zone Regulations  
     
     
ARTICLE XIV RECREATIONAL FACILITIES
AND OPEN SPACE
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Section 22-163. Recreational Facilities Required  
Section 22-164. Recreational Facilities: Purpose
and Standards
 
Section 22-165. Provision of Common Open Space  
Section 22-166. Open Space Requirement – Ownership  
Section 22-167. Management of Common Open
Space Property
 
Section 22-168. Bond for Improvements  
Section 22-169. Homeowners Associations  
Section 22-170. Flexibility in Administration Authorized  
     
     
ARTICLE XV UTILITIES 145
     
Section 22-171. Utility Ownership and Easement Rights  
Section 22-172. Underground Utilities  
Section 22-173. Utilities To Be Consistent With Internal
and External Development
 
Section 22-174. Electric Service  
Section 22-175. Lighting Requirements  
Section 22-176. Lighting Standards Guidelines  
Section 22-177. Sites For and Screening of Dumpsters  
     
     
ARTICLE XVI SIGNS 147
     
Section 22-178. Effective Date  
Section 22-179. Permit Required for Signs  
Section 22-180. Signs Excluded From Regulation  
Section 22-181. Certain Temporary Signs: Permit
Exemptions and Additional Regulations
 
Section 22-182. Determining the Number of Signs  
Section 22-183. Computation of Sign Area  
Section 22-184. Total Building Sign Surface Area  
Section 22-185. Freestanding Sign Surface Area  
Section 22-186. Number of Freestanding Signs  
Section 22-187. Subdivision and Multi-Family
Entrance Signs
 
Section 22-188. Location and Height Requirements  
Section 22-189. Sign Illumination and Signs
Containing Lights
 
Section 22-190. Miscellaneous Restrictions and Prohibitions  
Section 22-191. Maintenance of Signs  
Section 22-192. Unlawful Cutting of Trees or Shrubs  
Section 22-193. Nonconforming Signs  
Section 22-194. Exception for Historic, Unique, or
Visually Significant Signs
 
Section 22-195. Signs to Be Used on Parcels of
Commercial or Business Park Property
 
  with Multiple Uses.  
Section 22-196. Maximum Total Sign Area by Zoning District  
Section 22-197. Permitted Signs by Type and Zoning District  
Section 22-198. Reserved  
     
     
ARTICLE XVII PARKING 160
     
Part I Parking  
Section 22-199. Number of Parking Spaces Required  
Section 22-200. Flexibility in Administration Required  
Section 22-201. Parking Space Dimensions  
Section 22-202. Required Widths of Parking Area Aisles
and Driveways
 
Section 22-203. General Design Requirements  
Section 22-204. Vehicle Accommodation Area Surfaces  
Section 22-205. Joint Use of Required Parking Spaces  
Section 22-206. Satellite Parking  
Section 22-207. Special Provisions For Lots With
Existing Buildings
 
Section 22-208. Loading and Unloading Areas  
Section 22-209. Parking facilities for the Physically
Handicapped
 
     
Part II Landscaping of Parking Facilities  
Section 22-210. Intent  
Section 22-211. Sites Affected  
Section 22-212. Perimeter Landscaping  
Section 22-213. Interior Landscaping for Parking Lots  
     
     
ARTICLE XVIII SCREENING AND SHADING 174
     
Part I Buffers  
Section 22-213. Purpose  
Section 22-214. Location of Bufferyards  
Section 22-215. Determination of Required Bufferyard  
Section 22-216. Responsibility for Bufferyards  
Section 22-217. Tables of Required Bufferyards  
Section 22-218. Bufferyard Requirements  
Section 22-219. Bufferyard Use  
Section 22-220. Ownership of Bufferyards  
     
Part II Shading  
Section 22-221. Town Findings and Declaration of
Policy: Shade Trees
 
Section 22-222. Required Trees Along Dedicated Streets  
Section 22-223. Shade Trees in Parking Areas  
     
     
ARTICLE XIX AMENDMENTS 178
     
Section 22-223. Procedure for Amendments or
District Changes
 
Section 22-224. General  
Section 22-225. Initiation of Zoning Amendments  
Section 22-226. Contents of Application  
Section 22-227. Planning Commission Review and
Recommendation
 
Section 22-228. Town Council Action  
Section 22-229. Amendments for Floating Zones  
     
ARTICLE XX HISTORIC OVERLAY ZONE
     
Special Section Historic Overlay Zoning Ordinance PDF 51 KB
     
Section 22-230. Purpose  
Section 22-231. Definitions  
Section 22-232. Power to Establish  
Section 22-233. Structural and Site Standards Specifications  
Section 22-234. Permitted Uses  
Section 22-235. Designation of Historic Overlay Zones  
Section 22-236. Procedures for Petition for Designation or Removal  
Section 22-237. Outside Consultation Permitted  
Section 22-238. Powers and Duties of the Commission  
Section 22-239. Historic Overlay Zoning Permits  
Section 22-240. Criteria for Review of Application and Permits for Alterations to Designated Historic Overlay Zones  
Section 22-241. Action on Applications for Historic Overlay Zoning Permits  
Section 22-242 to Section 22-250 Reserved