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Building & Zoning – Zoning Ordinance - Article 2

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ARTICLE 2. DISTRICTS AND DISTRICT MAP

Sec. 2-1. Establishment of districts.

     In order to carry out the purposes of this Ordinance and to further the objectives of the Comprehensive Plan of Wise County, the following zoning districts are hereby established:

PRIVATE A-RR Agricultural-rural Residential District
R-1 Single-family Residential District
R-2 General Residential District
B-1 Limited Business District
B-2 General Business District
M-1 Light Industrial District
M-2 Heavy Industrial District
FP Floodplain Districts
LPA Lonesome Pine Airport District
CR Conservation and Recreation District
PD-BT Business and Technology District
 

Sec. 2-2. Zoning district map; flood boundary and floodway map; airport district map.

     2-2.1. Establishment of official zoning district map. The locations and the boundaries of the zoning districts, other than Floodplain Districts and the Lonesome Pine Airport District, established by this Ordinance shall be shown on a map or series of maps designated as the "Official Zoning District Map of Wise County, Virginia" which, together with all notations and explanatory matter shown thereon, is hereby made a part of this Ordinance. Said map shall be dated, endorsed with the signature of the county clerk and maintained for public view in the office of the county clerk. The official zoning district map shall not be removed from the office of the county clerk, except by court order or for such official purposes as may be directed by the county administrator.

     2-2.2. Flood boundary and floodway map. The locations and boundaries of the Floodplain Districts shall be as described in the Wise County Flood Protection Ordinance and shown on the flood boundary and floodway map prepared by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which ordinance and map are hereby made a part of this Ordinance.

     2-2.3. Airport district map. The locations and boundaries of the Lonesome Pine Airport District shall be as described in the Wise County Lonesome Pine Airport Zoning Ordinance and shown on the official map accompanying said ordinance, which ordinance and map are hereby made a part of this Ordinance.

     2-2.4. Changes on district map. It shall be unlawful for any person to make changes on the official zoning district map except by authorization of the zoning administrator in accordance with the provisions of this article.

     2-2.5. Copies of district map. The zoning administrator shall cause copies of the official zoning district map to be made in such numbers and in such form as deemed appropriate by the board of supervisors. In the case of any differences or discrepancies between the official zoning district map and any copies thereof, the official zoning district map shall be the final authority as to the current zoning classification of property in the county.

     2-2.6. Amendment of district map. Whenever an amendment is made to the official zoning district map by ordinance adopted by the board of supervisors, the zoning administrator shall see that the amendment is properly recorded on the map together with such notation or reference as is necessary to identify the action by which the amendment was made and the date thereof. Each amendment shall be recorded on the official zoning district map as soon as practicable after the effective date of the amendment. The failure to record any amendment on the official zoning district map, or any error in recording or depicting an amendment thereon, shall not affect the validity of the ordinance providing for the amendment.

Sec. 2-3. Interpretation of district boundaries.

     Whenever uncertainty exists with respect to the boundaries of any of the districts as shown on the official zoning district map, the following rules shall apply:

  1. Where a discrepancy exists between a district boundary shown on the official zoning district map and that which is described in the text of the ordinance establishing such boundary, the text of the ordinance shall govern.
     

  2. (Where district boundaries are shown with specific dimensions from streets or other physical features, such dimensions shall govern.
     

  3. Where district boundaries are indicated so as to approximately follow the centerlines of streets, highways, alleys or railroad lines, such boundaries shall be construed as following such centerlines.
     

  4. Where district boundaries are indicated in such a manner that they appear to follow street, lot, property or corporation lines, such boundaries shall be construed as following such lines. The location of any street, lot, property or corporation line used as a district boundary shall be the location in existence at the time of the adoption of the ordinance establishing the boundary.
     

  5. Where district boundaries are so indicated that they appear parallel to, perpendicular to, or as extensions of centerlines, property lines or other features, they shall be so construed.
     

  6. Where district boundaries are so indicated that they appear to follow shorelines of rivers, creeks or other bodies of water, such boundaries shall be construed to follow such shorelines at mean low water. In the event of natural change in a shoreline, the boundary shall be construed as moving with the actual shoreline. Boundaries indicated as following the approximate centerlines of bodies of water shall be so construed.
     

  7. Where district boundaries are not described in any ordinance and do not appear to follow any centerlines, street lines, property lines or other features, the location of such district boundaries shall be determined by measurement on the official zoning district map in accordance with the scale shown thereon.
     

  8. In any case where none of the foregoing rules establish the location of a district boundary, or where subsequent dispute or uncertainty exists, the location of such district boundary shall be determined by the board of zoning appeals in accordance with the provisions of Article 9 of this Ordinance.

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