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CL-2767 New Business   Item #: F.       
Meeting Date: 05/03/2022  
Subject:    Consideration of Zoning Ordinance Amendment for Zoning Code Enforcement.
From: Doug Plachcinski

Business Meeting:     05/03/2022

Rezoning PZ22-65, Initiated by the Planning Director, removes existing Zoning Ordinance Section 2.C, Administration, and Enforcement with a new Section 2.C, Violations, and Enforcement including Purpose, Compliance Required, Violations, Persons Held responsible for Violating the Zoning Ordinance, Enforcement Procedure, and Remedies and Penalties subsections.    Existing Zoning Ordinance Section 2. X, Violations, and Penalties are also deleted.  These proposed changes clarify City Zoning Code enforcement, change violations from criminal to civil penalties, and allow the City to begin enforcement activities for short-term, recurring violations in ten (10) days.    

The City's zoning code sections are unclear, out of date, and inadequate. These changes are in line with other Virginia Cities' practices. Staff worked with the City Attorney's office to develop this code update.
The Planning Commission, at their April 11, 2022, meeting, voted 7-0 to recommend approval of Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment Application PZ22-65.

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