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Division 6 – District Regulations

Section 1

§ 19.6-67 A-1 Agricultural District.

A. Purpose. Generally this district covers portions of Appomattox County which are occupied by various open uses such as farms, forests or lakes. This district is established for the specific purpose of protecting existing and future farming operations, conservation of water and natural resources, reducing soil erosion, protection of watersheds and reducing hazards from flood, fire and traffic. While it is recognized that certain desirable rural areas may logically be expected to develop residentially, it is the intent, however, to discourage the random scattering of residential, commercial or industrial uses in this district. Nonfarm residents should recognize that they are located in an agricultural environment where the right to farm has been established as a County policy. This district is intended to minimize the demand for unanticipated public improvements and services, such as public sewer, public water, and new roadways, by reducing development densities and discouraging large-scale development.

B. Permitted uses:

Accessory apartment
Accessory uses/structures
Agricultural services
Amateur radio tower
Club, hunt
Club, private
Commercial feedlots
Domestic chickens
Family day-care home
Farm employee housing
Forestry operations
Garden center
Home beauty/barber salon
Home occupation, Type I
Home occupation, Type II
Intensive farming facility
Kennel, commercial
Kennel, private
Livestock sales/auction
Manufactured home
Manufactured home, accessory
Park-and-ride facility
Post office
Public parks and recreation areas
Religious assembly
Residential human care facility
Single-family dwelling
Stable, commercial
Stable, private
Utility services
Veterinary hospital/clinic
Wayside stand


C. Conditional uses:


Aviation facility, private
Day-care center
Farm brewery, limited
Golf course
Landscaping and lawn care services
Manufactured home park
Outdoor gatherings
Public assembly
Resource extraction
Scrap and salvage services
Second dwelling
Shooting range, indoor
Shooting range, outdoor
Storage of sewage sludge
Transfer station
Wind energy system
Wireless communications facility

(Ordinance of 10-19-2020, 10-17-2022)

D. Site development regulations.

(1) Minimum lot requirements:

(a) All lots regardless of sewer and water provisions:

[1] Area: one acre (43,560 square feet).

[2] Frontage: 150 feet on a publicly owned and maintained street.

(2) Minimum setback requirements:

(a) Principal structure:

[1] Front: 50 feet from property line or 75 feet from center line of public road, whichever is greater.

[2] Side: 25 feet.

[3] Rear: 35 feet.

(b) Accessory structure:

[1] Front: 75 feet from center line of public road or behind the front building line, whichever distance is less.

[2] Side: 15 feet.

[3] Rear: 15 feet.

(3) Maximum height of structures:

(a) All structures (except silos): 45 feet.

(b) Silos: 100 feet.

(4) Maximum coverage:

(a) Building coverage: 10% of the total lot area.

(b) Lot coverage: 25% of the total lot area.


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