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New Business   Item #: B.
Consideration of a Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment Regarding Satellite Dishes
Business Meeting: 08/05/2021
Rezoning Text Amendment PLRZ 2021-224, initiated by the City of Danville Planning Director requests to amend Chapter 41 entitled “Zoning Ordinance” of the Code of the City of Danville, Virginia, 1986 as amended. Specifically, updating Article 2, Section P. 11 to provide different regulations for satellite dishes less or greater than 3 feet.
The City has received complaints about satellite dishes. The City’s ordinance was designed prior to widespread mini-dish, or dishes up to 36” inches across, use. The existing ordinance was meant to prohibit the large C-band satellite dishes that were up to 20’ feet in diameter. While not ideal in the front yard, the City must provide access to the south and there are many locations where the front yard is the only sightline to the southern sky. This amendment distinguishes between modern mini dishes and the large C-band dishes, and to allow them within reason in the front yard.
The Planning Commission, at their July 12, 2021 meeting, voted 4-0 to recommend approval of the text amendment updating Article 2, Section P. 11 to provide different regulations for satellite dishes less or greater than 3’.
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