Marshall “form-based” code public hearing Thursday
The proposed zoning changes would emphasize architecture over the use of structures, which would be expanded under the “form-based” concept.
Fauquier’s planning commission Thursday will conduct a public hearing on proposed zoning ordinance amendments that would encourage “diverse, urban, mixed-use” development in Marshall as envisioned by the county comprehensive plan.
The proposed “form-based code” calls for the creation of “town,” “gateway” and “residential” districts, which would replace most of the Northern Fauquier village’s downtown existing zoning.
“The intent is when you do something new, it looks like it belongs,” Planning Commissioner Ken Alm (Center District) said. “The outcome is it will embrace the vision of the people of Marshall who wrote the comprehensive plan.”
The proposal also calls for a historic district.
The public hearing will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Warren Green Building at 10 Hotel St. in Warrenton.
An advisory panel to the board of supervisors, the planning commission has conducted two public hearings on the proposed amendments.
The proposed zoning districts would include new requirements related to:
• Lot size and width.
• Building height and stories.
• Roof forms.
• Building footprints.
• Fencing and screening.
Mr. Alm believes the planning commission will recommend approval of the proposed changes after Thursday’s public hearing.
“I’m pretty sure there are three votes” and perhaps five in support of the measures, Mr. Alm said.
If the commission acts Thursday, the supervisors could conduct an Aug. 10 public hearing on the proposed changes.