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Policy Summary

The section of the county's zoning code sets out zoning requirements for parking, stand and yard sizes, and overall market organization for farm sales operations, including farm stands, farm sales, and farmer's markets.

Background Information

State Virginia
Jurisdiction Name Albemarle
Jurisdiction Type County,
Population Size 50,000-200,000
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
  • Expressly allows something
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Distribute; Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
No

Health-related goal?
Yes

Application for zoning clearance must be approved by the Virginia Dept. of Health (Sec. 5.1.47(a)(1)(2)).

Environmental goal?
No

Economic goal?
Unclear

Focus of law is on allowing for sales by farmers through farm stands, farm sales, and farmers' markets.

Includes findings?
No

Has a stated intent or purpose?
No

Includes definitions?
No

Addresses implementation?
Yes

Zoning clearance must be obtained by applicant from the VA Dept. of Transportation (Sec. 5.1.47(a)(1)), zoning administrator to provide written notice of application to state Dept. of Health and approval from both parties (Sec. 5.1.47(a)(2)), county engineer to deign and improve parking locations (Sec. 5.1.47(d)(3)).

Enforcement provisions?
Unclear

Chapter 18, Section 31 of the Zoning Code also addresses general administration and enforcement of the zoning code.

Evaluation component?
No

Requires extra investment?
No

Code context and ordinance history

Chapter 18 Zoning, Section 5 Supplementary Regulations, 5.1.47 FARM STANDS, FARM SALES AND FARMERS MARKETS. History: (§ 5.1.19, 12-10-80; Ord. 01-18(6), 10-3-01; §5.1.35, Ord. 95-20(3), 10-11-95; § 5.1.36, Ord. 95-20(4), 10-11-95; § 5.1.47, Ord 10-18(4), 5-5-10)