Policy Summary

Supplemental district regulations for residential chicken keeping (which requires a zoning permit and must comply with other requirements in the code) and residential beekeeping (which also must be done in compliance with other parts of the code). Eggs, honey, etc. produced from chickens and bees may not be sold--may only be used for personal enjoyment.

Background Information

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

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

Encourage affordable housing suitable for meeting the current and future housing needs of the county (Sec. 10-1(2)(j)).

Emergency management?
Health-related linkage?

"promoting the health, safety and general welfare of the public" (sec. 10-1(2)).

Environmental linkage?

"Protect surface water and groundwater resources", "Provide for the preservation of agricultural and forestal lands and other lands of significance for the protection of natural resources" (sec. 10-1).

Economic linkage?

"Encourage economic development activities that provide desirable employment and enlarge the tax base" (sec. 10-1).

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

"This chapter, as adopted and amended, is for the general purpose of promoting the health, safety and general welfare of the public, and to implement the Montgomery County Comprehensive Plan, in accord with the purposes of planning and zoning as set forth in Code of Virginia, § 15.2-2283, as amended." Chapt 10. Sec. 10-1.

Includes definitions?

See Art VI, Sec. 10-61.

Addresses implementation?

The zoning administrator is responsible for receiving/reviewing applications for zoning permits, issuing permits, etc. Sec. 10-52.

Enforcement provisions?

Civil and criminal penalties include a separate set of fines (sec. 10-52(2)).

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

Chapter 10-Zoning; art. IV-regulations applying to all districts; § 10-41 supplemental district regulations. History: Ord. No. 1999-12, §§ 4-100—4-116, 12-13-99; Ord. No. 2001-08, 6-11-01; Ord. No. 2001-11, 9-24-01; Ord. No. 2003-16, 7-28-03; ORD-FY-07-17, 12-18-06; ORD-FY-10-04, 7-13-09; ORD-FY-11-07, 11-22-10; ORD-FY-11-10, 2-14-11; ORD-FY-13-11, 3-11-13; ORD-FY-14-07, 10-16-13; ORD-FY-14-12, 10-16-13; ORD-FY-14-13, 10-16-13; ORD-FY-16-05, 10-13-15; ORD-FY-17-06 , 9-12-16; ORD-FY-17-08 , 10-11-16.


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